Why AMBULANCE is written as ECNALUBMA on emergency vehicles?

  • Why is AMBULANCE sometimes mirror written on emergency vehicles ?

    Well, not exactly. The letters are mirrored so that people looking in the back mirror can read AMBULANCE.

    I read somewhere that astronauts have the labels on their space suits written backwards, because they have to use a mirror to read them.

    Downvoting this because we expect you do at least have done *some* research into your problem before asking it here, and you clearly haven't. The internet is littered with this same question, yet another post about it on the web is unnecessary.

    Also downvoting. Beginning to type the question in Google, it already suggests the appropriate query: http://imgur.com/0aSKEXl

    @Brendon What could possibly be written on the outside of a space suite that's meant to be read by the astronaut occupying the suit? :) And if it's meant for your typical engilsh-reading alien (like "if found, return to NASA, Earth"), then it should be written properly.

    @VitalyMijiritsky This photograph is an example: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/9/96/Heidemarie_Stefanyshyn-Piper_in_white_space_suit.jpg. All of the labels and digits on the dials are written in reverse. The astronaut uses a mirror on their wrist to see read the labels.

    Oh, there's gauges on that thing, I see. Thanks. Cool :).

    I disagree with the downvotes. We cannot assume that any other site will last as long as StackExchange.

    So I wonder why fire trucks say "Stay back 500 feet" on the back? Should we go in front of them?

  • To make AMBULANCE easier read for vehicles in front of the ambulance. Ambulance are typically in greater speed than surrounding vehicles which make the ambulance front visible in other cars rear view mirror. At least those cars that need to get away to give room for the ambulance passing through traffic.

    The most common modern usage of mirror writing can be found on the front of ambulances, where the word "AMBULANCE" is often written in very large mirrored text, so that drivers see the word the right way around in their rear-view mirror.

    Reference: Mirror writing

    Ambulance view in mirror of car

    ...and we have a candidate for the Reversal-badge ;-)

    @JørnE.Angeltveit In more than one way. :-)

    Surely it's an emergency vehicle whether it has ambulance, fire or police written on it. As a driver you know that you are supposed to let it though !

    Now I know why that big truck says "YAW YM FO TUO LLEH EHT TEG"

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