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This past September (2010), I embarked on an 8800 mile journey across and throughout the United States, from Washington to Cali, through Vegas and the Grand Canyon to Colorado, St. Louis, Chicago, NYC, and then finally to Baltimore and Ocean City, Maryland, for what I consider to be the greatest car event on the continent, H2O International 2010.
The main reason for the trip was to shoot some of the finest VW’s and Audi’s in the country, both for Performance VW Magazine and my 2011 VW/Audi Calendar. I also shot some of the country’s major landmarks and tourist attractions, along with whatever caught my eye over the course of 27 days and 8800 miles.
This is H2O International. The cars, the people, the vibe and the party.
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As a hearing child of deaf parents, one of my earliest jobs as a toddler was to alert my parents if I heard a siren anywhere in the vicinity so they could be on the lookout and get out of the way of an emergency vehicle. It was my earliest lesson in safe driving.
Deaf drivers, aware of their inability to hear, tend to be very watchful for the lights of emergency vehicles so they can get out of their way. Hearing drivers however tend to depend on their hearing but that doesn’t always work to their advantage. They get into the car, roll up the windows, turn on the air conditioner, crank up the volume on the car stereo and are now just as deaf to the very important audible signals outside the car as my parents were. The problem comes when, depending on their hearing and not checking their rear view mirrors, these drivers are unaware of approaching emergency vehicles until the last second. In an emergency situation, seconds count, and delays caused by distracted drivers can mean the difference between life and death for someone in a medical emergency.
Some emergency responder agencies have reacted to this problem by installing a new device called the Rumbler which actually vibrates the cars ahead using short bursts of low frequency sound waves. It is similar to but more intense and more focused than the loud bass in a car stereo. In the future, if your car starts to rumble, instead of blaming the annoying noise on a car stereo, you should be checking for the approach of an emergency vehicle. In addition to the Rumbler, they are also adding louder sirens.
Another device used by first responders preempts the traffic light; turning every traffic light in their path green. Drivers should be aware, if a light seems to suddenly turn red in a shorter amount of time than usual, that it may have been preempted by an emergency vehicle. This is not the time to try to beat the light.
Rush hour traffic causes special problems for emergency responders. A TV news magazine show aired a story several years ago about a four year old girl who was suffering a severe asthma attack. The ambulance transporting her to the hospital was delayed because rush hour drivers, afraid of further delays, refused to move out of the way and the little girl died on the way to the hospital. Rush hour is a pain but momentarily giving up your spot in rush hour traffic may save a life.
So, what should you do if you are confronted by an emergency vehicle on the road? Pull over and stop! Get out of the way of the emergency vehicle and give it a clear path. If you are in an intersection, clear the intersection before moving over and stopping. Once an emergency vehicle has passed, don’t follow any closer than 500 feet. You never know if it may need to stop suddenly …