How to Drive During Earthquakes
Experiencing an earthquake while in a moving vehicle has been compared to driving on four flat tires. If an earthquake occurs while you are driving:
- Gradually decrease speed.
- Pull to the side of the road when it is safe to do so.
- Do not stop on or under overpasses or bridges.
- Do not drive until local authorities have deemed it safe to do so.
- Avoid parking near trees, downed power lines and buildings.
- Stop the car and keep your seat belt fastened.
- Remain in your car until the shaking stops.
- Keep in mind that aftershocks follow the initial earthquake.
- Turn on your car radio and listen for advisories (most radio stations are prepared to broadcast emergency information).
- If driving on the freeway, and if it’s safe to do so, exit at the first opportunity.
- Be especially careful for mudslides and rockslides as earthquakes can jar loose these materials.
Be prepared by stocking the following items in your vehicle:
- Fully equipped first aid kit
- Bottled water
- Blanket or sleeping bag
- Flashlight with extra batteries and bulb
- Fire extinguisher
- Pocket radio with extra batteries
- Local maps
- Prescription medicine
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