Road safety and breakdown organisation GEM Motoring Assist is extending a massive ‘thank you’ to the emergency services, truckers, hauliers and delivery drivers who have continued to provide a fantastic service throughout the duration of the coronavirus crisis.
GEM acknowledges the tireless work done by drivers in the frontline of responding to emergencies, maintaining food and other supplies during a period of unprecedented confusion and disruption.
GEM road safety officer Neil Worth said: “We encourage anyone who may be using the roads in the coming days and weeks to be as courteous and considerate as possible to these drivers, and also to make safety a number one priority.
“Most if not all will face considerable demands during their working time. We can help with small acts of courtesy such as giving way, creating extra space, holding back and saying ‘thank you’ – all of which can reduce stress on journeys and contribute to a safer road environment.
“It’s vital that we all show tolerance and patience – particularly for those we currently rely on more than ever.”
GEM’s tips for helping out:
- Listen out for signs of emergency sirens. If you’re aware of an ambulance, fire engine or police car approaching, move out of its way as early as possible (but don’t take risks or break the law).
- Give way to a lorry. Some access roads to shops and supermarkets can be narrow and congested, so please be patient and let the lorries through.
- Give large vehicles plenty of space when they need to turn.
- Don’t sit in the blind spot of a large truck, and don’t assume the driver can see you just because you can see him or her.
- Avoid harsh manoeuvres around lorries. Be particularly careful at motorway exits. If you’re leaving the motorway, get in the correct lane early. Be patient, and don’t ‘swoop’ directly in front of a lorry.
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