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
* Prescription medicine
Sources: FEMA.gov, US Geological Survey, Association of Bay Area Governments