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Safe Driving Suggestions – Earthquakes

Safe Driving Suggestions – Earthquakes

Hopefully we won’t have to consider this one when driving in Georgia.

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

Sources:, US Geological Survey, Association of Bay Area Governments