Safety first, never last: The ambulance of today is a sophisticated machine and whether new or a remount its primary goals is crew and patient safety. Here are some things to consider when looking at a new ambulance or making updates to an existing unit.
Ergonomics for the driver and crew. The driver area should be comfortable, all controls unobstructed, and allow for all necessary maneuvers to be accomplished. While out back, seat location should allow for easy access to the patient, equipment and vehicle controls without providers having to constantly remove the seat belt.
Warning and visibility devices must be effective. To be effective sirens must be louder than environmental noises and be heard by all drivers. The location of emergency lights, their color scheme, as well as retroreflective striping are all essential to improve the visibility of the ambulance in any environmental condition: day and night, rain, snow or low light conditions.
Traction in all types of weather must be considered as well. The proper tire, its tread pattern, and load rating, along with the correct suspension help to ensure daily safe travel. While traction devices like Onspot automatic tire chains provide surefooted traction when traveling on days when the adverse conditions of snow and ice are present.
Learn more about traction alternatives when traveling on snow and ice.