Several motorists have been criticised for “dangerous” driving after dashcam footage captured them tailing closely behind an ambulance travelling at speed with its emergency lights flashing.
Drivers were accused of following the emergency vehicle to get a clear run of traffic in an incident filmed on May 12 last year on the Princess Highway, south of Sydney.
Video was shared to Dash Cam Owners Australia’s Facebook page on Wednesday and attracted hundreds of comments condemning the unsafe behaviour of the drivers.
“Guess what folks, an emergency vehicle isn’t an excuse to try out your hyper-miling skills,” a post to the page read.
“Give them room front and behind, they aren't there to clear traffic for you.”
Hypermiling is when people drive in a manner they believe will minimise the fuel consumption of their car.
Footage showed drivers switching into the right lane after the ambulance passed them, then chasing it as it travelled swiftly towards a traffic light intersection at Farnell Avenue.
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Four cars were following closely behind when it made an abrupt right turn at the lights, forcing the car at the back to brake so hard its tyres smoked and its bumper slammed into the car in front.
“All to save a few seconds which didn't go to plan. Hope it was worth it,” one unimpressed social media user wrote in a comment to the video.
Another labelled the driving “bloody dangerous”.
Some shamed the driver of the car with the dashcam because they too were in the right lane, also following in the path of the ambulance.
“The other cars drove almost identically to the cam car,” one person pointed out.
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