What do I do if there is an earthquake while I’m driving?

I just moved to California and not gonna lie—I’m nervous about earthquakes. What do I do if there is an earthquake while I’m driving?

Pat Roache · Updated on
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
Well you are braver than I am—earthquakes are the only things keeping me from moving to
the golden state
myself. If you experience an earthquake while driving, the first thing you need to do is slow down and find a safe area to stop.
Consider the following:
  • Avoid stopping around any tall buildings, trees, overpasses, and other landmarks that could fall onto your vehicle
  • Turn off the engine and activate your parking brake
  • Stay in your car with your seatbelt on
  • Tune in to your radio to listen for official instructions and clearance from authorities
Once the earthquake has stopped, you can assess any damages to your car and the surrounding area. Proceed with maximum caution and be prepared for any residual tremors and aftershocks.
Since you’re already concerned about earthquakes, you may want to look into
comprehensive coverage
to make sure your insurance will cover potential damages. If you’re not sure or worried about being able to afford additional coverage, try looking for a new policy with
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