Quiz: Reacting to a stopped emergency vehicle or tow truck

The Ontario G1 test will examine your knowledge of traffic signs and road rules. In order to receive your learner’s licence, it is required that you pass the official written Knowledge exam.

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Conviction of multiple offences of failing to stop for emergency vehicles showing flashing lights or using sirens may result in a prison term of up to…?
Six months
One year
Three months
One month

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If you approach any stopped emergency vehicle showing flashing lights or a tow truck showing amber lights on your side of the highway, what should you do?
Slow down and be cautious
Stop immediately
Maintain your speed
Accelerate to get past

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Failing to slow down or stop when necessary for emergency vehicles showing flashing lights or using sirens may result in a fine and how many demerit points for a first offence?
Three
Four
Two
One

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If you are driving a manual vehicle and you have to slow down for an emergency vehicle, what should you do to show other the drivers you are doing so?
Use your brakes to slow down
Slow down using your gears
Sound your horn repeatedly
Switch on your hazard lights

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If you approach a stopped emergency vehicle or tow truck on a multilane highway, what should you do if possible?
Pull into another lane
Stop directly behind it
Pass using the shoulder
Sound your horn to warn you are coming

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Proper Way To React To a Stopped Emergency Vehicle?

When you are driving on Canadian roads, certain rules must be followed. The Canadian Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (CMVSS) are federal safety standards for cars and other motor vehicles, which all car owners need to know. According to section 3 of these standards, drivers are required to slow down when approaching any emergency vehicle, tow truck, or other roadside assistance vehicles that are stopped with their lights flashing.



Suppose you notice an emergency vehicle or a car that has pulled over on the side of the road. In that case, it is mandatory that you slow down your driving speed and give the person as much space as possible, so you do not present a danger to the driver and their passengers.



Stopped emergency vehicleOn roads with posted speed limits of 50 km/h or less, you must reduce your speed by 20 km/h when passing an emergency vehicle while it is stopped on the road with its lights flashing. If your speed limit is more than 50 km/h, you must slow down to 60 km/h. If the emergency vehicle is stopped on a highway with three or more lanes, you must slow down to 70 km/h if it has its flashing lights on.



In all cases, drivers have to move as far to the left as possible before passing an emergency vehicle that is stopped with their lights flashing and then return to the right lane once they’ve passed it. They also need to turn off any music device they are playing to hear sirens going off around them.



If a tow truck is stopped with its lights flashing, drivers have to allow at least one lane between their car and the tow truck for both vehicles to pass safely. Drivers should not tailgate or speed up when approaching another vehicle so they can slow down their speed before passing.



If you drive too close to a stopped emergency vehicle or tow truck and cause an accident, you could now be facing charges. So slow down when approaching any emergency vehicle on the side of the road with their lights flashing so that everyone can get to their destination safely.



When approaching a stopped emergency vehicle or other roadside assistance vehicles with their lights flashing, turn off any music devices to hear sirens around you. If the road has three or more lanes, move over into the right lane and pass in the far right lane if it is safe to do so. If it is a two-lane road, move over as far as possible and pass slowly to avoid stunting charges.



In conclusion, it is important to know the proper rules when approaching a stopped emergency vehicle. Drivers should slow down their speed and move over into the right lane when approaching any stopped emergency vehicles with their lights flashing. If possible, drivers should move over into the far left lane if there are three or more lanes of traffic on the road. Drivers need to be aware of their surroundings and be mindful of any emergency vehicles on the side of the road with their lights flashing to avoid getting involved in an accident.