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
  • Matches
  • Prescription medicine

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