Manual - Med Guide

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[TC] CityDriving MED & RES Guide
MED & RES are similar to TOWs, they all try to help other people, but there are important differences.

Requirements
There are 3 requirements to play as MED/RES:

A valid MED/RES-license
Which is acquired by passing a test. A test costs 1,000€. The license is valid for 365 days.

A MED/RES-tag
MEDs/RESs must use "[MED]" or "[RES]" in their name to be identified as such. The tag has to be in one colour. Any colour except from black is permitted for the tag; the recommended ones are red & green. Example: [MED] Nickname

A MED/RES-skin
You can easily download one by going on our website - or by clicking here. If you decide to make your own skin, please do ensure that they comply with [TC]'s tow skin regulations which can be found in the rules. In doubt, you can post your skin in the forum and ask for approval. Link to approval thread.

Rules
The MED/RES-specific rules can be found here http://www.city-driving.co.uk/rules/#r11

Civilian status
When not responding to a SOS-call, MEDs/RESs you are considered civilian. Hence you can be fined by cops for any violation of the road-laws.
When responding to a SOS-call, you may violate the road laws, but not recklessly or endanger other players by doing so. You also have no right of way. Other players are not obliged to let you pass. Furthermore, cops cannot fine you during this time.


Strobes (flashing headlights)
Flashing lights must be used when responding to a SOS-call. Either hazard-lights & constant lit headlights or use a strobe-program to let them flash. You can get a strobe at the same place as where you have to get the skins - click here.

Sirens (SirenSlow / SirenFast / HORN4 / HORN5)
SirenSlow and SirenFast may be used when responding to a SOS-call. In addition, a "bullhorn" (horn 4) and a "piercer" (horn 5) may be used for short periods and only in exceptionally dangerous circumstances.

When to help
Analogue to TOWS, MEDs and RESs are there to help, that also means you may only help those who want your help. How that wish is expressed does not matter at all. It can either be via the SOS-menu, just by chatting, Teamspeak or other gestures. Just be sure your help is welcome. Also, avoid too importunate asking.

However, you may not only help the one who is crashed, but also all other players. If, for instance a car is lying dangerously on the road or blocking a necessary route, you may clear that way or reduce the danger by pushing the car aside. As long you are not worsening the situation of the crashed car (ie by hitting it out-of-bounds), nobody will sue you for that.


Payments
Payments are completely up to your discretion. Most MEDs and RESs work merely for donations though.

Technical equipment
MED/RES have a ramp to help them do their job. Please see information about the ramp here.
MED/RES have a winch to help them do their job. Please see information about the winch here.
MED/RES have control of on-demand traffic lights. Please see information about the on-demand lights here.
The caution sign
The caution sign is the mostly used sign. Unlike real-world tow-cars, the caution-sign in-game is only to be used when there is an actual danger to other cars. A stationary car on the grass does not necessarily count as such. Also, a damaged and slower car on the highway is not necessarily a danger, if it, for instance, still can go 100kph in a straight line.

What is means to road traffic
Caution signs warn of dangers on or close to the track. They are expected to reduce speed and approach with caution. Ignoring the sign is against the rules and can be punished.




Example of a caution sign as seen from the MED's/RES's car.


Example of a caution sign as seen from other traffic. You can see, it overlays to the origin in the view and also shows the distance in metres.


Usage
The caution sign can is switched on by !caution+ and switched off by !caution-. To save hotkeys on your keyboard you can also use the handy toggle function, by just using !caution.
Relevant rules: http://www.city-driving.co.uk/rules/#r8



The hazard sign
The hazard sign is another warning-sign for tows. It must only be used in extremely dangerous situations, where approaching traffic is most likely to crash. A typical scenario would be a blocked road.

What is means to road traffic
Hazard signs warn of extremely dangerous situations. Approaching cars are expected to drive most attentive, significantly reduce their speed and be prepared for a full stop. Ignoring this sign is against server rules and can be punished by admins.




Example of a hazard-sign as seen from the tow-car.


Example of a hazard-sign as seen from other traffic. You can see, it overlays to the origin in the view and also shows the distance in metres.




Usage
The hazard sign can is switched on by !hazard+ and switched off by !hazard-. To save hotkeys on your keyboard you can also use the handy toggle function, by just using !hazard.

Note: You can only activate the hazard-sign when standing still. Also, it will turn off automatically when you start moving.

Relevant rules: http://www.city-driving.co.uk/rules/#r8

The use of the hazard-sign requires some care. Unlike the caution-sign, which can be seen from all angles, the hazard-sign only shows up behind the car and only in a narrow angle (45°). The visible range is 100m.


Visual demonstration of the propagation.


SOS calls
Once a user requested help via the SOS-menu, and if the type of call qualifies to your role (TOW/MED/RES/COP), you will see the call in your HUD at the top.It will look like this:



The following information is shown:
Type of call (ie, TOW (Tow request), TOW/D (Tow with danger)
Grid-coordinate
Location name
Caller's name
Time left to respond
Distance to caller

Responding
Within the timeout, you can respond to that call with the !respond command. Now, the timeout disappears, and a message will be shown, that you are en route. Now, you may safely speed to the scene.
If your car is equipped with a locator, it will also automatically show the target indicator, that will help you finding the person or location.
Leaving a task / aborting
The call can be cancelled by the caller at any time, in case it was a false alarm or the situation has been solved in the mean time. In that case, a huge message is shown. But you can also cancel your response at any time with the !leave command.

Command reference
!caution+ - Caution-sign on
!caution- - Caution-sign off
!caution - Caution-sign toggle on/off

!hazard+ - Hazard-sign on
!hazard- - Hazard-sign off
!hazard - Hazard-sign toggle on/off

!respond - Respond to a SOS-call
!leave - Leave a SOS-call

!ramp+ - Spawns a ramp (default 2.0m)
!ramp+ <1-16> - Spawns a ramp (0.25 - 4.00m)
!ramp- - Removes previously spawned ramp

!alarm - Switch on-demand traffic lights


Best practices
Do not overuse the !caution. It will make people ignore it more and more.
Less cautions on scene. If you're not directly involved in towing when other people are on scene, turn your caution off, and park offside the road. Many caution signs on one spot makes it confusing for approaching traffic to realise the scene.
Do not block the entire road. If you're safeguarding a scene, or just waiting, make sure you (and the other cars) don't block the entire road. Better line-up on one side. Always leave a gap so that people who failed to brake in time have an emergency exit.


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