I have always managed to hear the warning sound and seen the flashing lights when an ambulance is close. I'm sure all of us manage to figure out the best option to give the high speed ambulance access to every possible inch of road. On Saturday I was travelling west bound on the A66 between Scotch Corner and Penrith. I was in a section that just had one lane each way. I could see the ambulance approaching and he was east bound. He was overtaking every vehicle in his path in a very bold manner. I slowed to walking pace and moved over to the left. It was very obvious that a mutual wing mirror smash was imminent and my only option was to barge onto the grass verge to escape. I made the move, banged the verge heavily but I escaped this lunatic. This is a new experience for me; I've always been used to emergency drivers being very skillful and competent to negotiate the hazards - this guy was an absolute nutter.