Ambulance or any other emergency vehicle must be given way. We have mentioned it several times on various articles that blocking way of any emergency vehicle is an offence and police can fine you for the same. When we talk about ambulances, there are several videos from Kerala available online. Most of the roads in this Southern state of India are narrow and we have seen people giving way to ambulances and other emergency vehicles when they approach. Like in any case, there are exceptions here as well. There are some people who refuse to give way or start racing with such vehicles. This can be dangerous and here we have a video that shows just that.
The video has been uploaded by Ambulance Life on their YouTube channel. The video seen here has been shot from an Ambulance. The sound of the siren can be heard in the video. It is raining and the road is quite wet. The rain water is collected on the side of the road and it is clearly seen in the video. A Toyota Etios sedan can be seen in front of the ambulance. All the other vehicles except the Etios that saw the ambulance approaching can be seen giving way to it. The Etios driver increased the speed and is now racing with the ambulance.
The Ambulance driver is driving at high speed and is also trying to maintain distance from the Etios. The Etios seen here gets a yellow number plate which means it is a taxi. The car was being driven rashly through the roads. He can be seen changing lanes at high speeds on wet roads. He nearly misses hitting a car that was changing lane after it spotted the ambulance. Even after this, incident, the taxi driver continues to do the same and drives in front of the ambulance. After some time, the driver saw a truck in front and as the taxi driver tried to overtake the truck, he lost control on the car and the car skids and hits the divider on the center of the road. The ambulance driver asks his team mate whether they got it on camera or not before ending the video.
What happened here?
As mentioned above, the road is very wet and there is a layer of water on the surface everywhere. It looks like the driver lost control of the vehicle after it hit the small pool of water on the side of the road. This is called hydroplaning or aquaplaning. This occurs when a layer of water builds between the wheels of the vehicle and the road surface, leading to a loss of traction that prevents the vehicle from responding to control inputs. When this happens, the tyres are actually not in contact with the road surface and that is why the car skids from one side of the road to the other. The only way to avoid aquaplaning is by driving slowly. If you notice that the car is starting to loose control, then the best option is to take your foot off the accelerator. As the speed decreases, the car will gain the traction back.