Philippine Ambulances

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Driving down the road today, I had a typical Philippine ambulance pull up behind me with lights flashing and sirens blaring so I pulled over to let him pass.  Minutes later he pulled over to let a uniformed employee get out and go into Jollibee (it was just before noon).  Then the ambulance took off with more flashing and blaring.

It occurs to me that I have never seen an ambulance on a Philippine road that is not using lights and sirens.  And yet the Philippine people continue to give way and let them pass.  Great job, being an ambulance driver, but has anyone ever seen on a Philippine road without the lights and sirens?

I notice the cops use the lights without the sirens quite often and no one seems to pay attention.  Hmmm :89:

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I've seen ambulance's stuck in the middle of edsa and they were going know where.

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33 minutes ago, Dave Hounddriver said:

has anyone ever seen on a Philippine road without the lights and sirens?

 

Yes I've seen several without lights (and presumably without sirens) when I have been visiting Ozamiz but that's a small 3rd class city and traffic isn't very heavy in most of the city.

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Here in Cebu city all emergency vehicles travel with lights flashing. I guess it's their rule that they must. Only times I see or hear sirens is when it appears to be a genuine emergency. Why they travel with lights flashing beats me.

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1 hour ago, Dave Hounddriver said:

lights flashing

This one of my pet peeves (right behind people backing into parking slots) It seems to me if  a vehicle has emergency lights on it, they are always on. And as noted rarely to people give way. Around my area it is only when the siren is blaring and head lights flashing and the ambulance is weaving in and out (more than normal) do people move over. 

I have asked several people about it and get the usual shrug, grin and knowing look like who knows, why sweat it :571c66d400c8c_1(103): 

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4 hours ago, OnMyWay said:

  :whistling:

That's is all well and good OMW, assuming that the operator is an accomplished driver. I can not count the number of times in a parking structure that I have waited while some shmo is backing up, pulling forward, backing up again while others are pilling up waiting to get through. 

I am a big believe in not inconveniencing my fellow man, and wont keep others waiting behind me as I jockey in a parking spot for my  convenience. I noticed that 2 of the 3 reasons given in the article is that is is easier for the backer upper. Besides in 45 years of driving I have never backed over a shopping kart or pedestrian, small dog or toddler.

Like I said, this is MY pet peeve lol, for some it is loud karaoke music or roosters at 4am, this is MINE and by gawd I am KEEPING it lololololol :hystery:

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2 hours ago, scott h said:

I am a big believe in not inconveniencing my fellow man, and wont keep others waiting behind me as I jockey in a parking spot for my  convenience.

Yeah, but....

Isn't the same shmo who pulls in facing forward going to:

A. Have to straighten out at least once?  Even then, if you are parked next to them, they will park right on the line so it is difficult or impossible to get your door open. :SugarwareZ-037:

B.  When they leave, driving a big SUV (like me) in a tight parking lot, backing out, it may also take them 2 or 3 turns to get out of the spot.  We have a few lots like that here so I always back in, engaging my memory of my forklift driving days. I wish I could let my wife drive a forklift as it is good practice for parking skills!  :dance:

C.  A lot of vehicles have a back-up camera.  Not many have a front-up camera!  I love my back-up camera so much that I often drive around the neighborhood backwards, enjoying the camera view! :hystery:

Your pet peeve is safe!  Now that the rainy season is here, it will take them 2X as many turns to back in! :571c66d400c8c_1(103):

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Another problem is the number of vehicles that tailgate the ambulance.  Yesterday I kept moving but moved over to the shoulder to allow an ambulance to pass.  I was nearly sideswiped by the vehicle following as I pulled back into line.

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1 hour ago, Mike J said:

tailgate the ambulance

my BIL says that is common practice almost like a vip escort lol

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