How to survive an earthquake while driving a big rig

Heavy equipment hauling heavy haul construction equipment

When your peaceful drive gets interrupted by severe vibrations or worse, you could be driving through an earthquake. Especially, if you are in one of these top 10 most earthquake prone states. Truckers who’ve driven in one say at first it feels like something’s wrong with your truck.

Once it’s over—well, it might not be really over. There could be aftershocks, causing the ground to shake, crack or fault even further. If you’re in a mountainous area, beware of mudslides. Get to higher ground if you’re near an ocean since there’s risk of a tsunami, or if you’re aware of a nearby dam that could be damaged.

Watch this short video, part of our sister site Overdrive’s 30-second Trucker Tip series, which tells operators what to do and how to survive certain emergencies.

If you are still feeling a little shaky, it might be time to pull out your earthquake survival kit.

Earthquake survival kit

  • First-aid kit
  • Flashlight
  • Handheld radio
  • Bottles of water
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Book of matches
  • Maps (the paper kind!) of local areas
  • Prescription medicines
  • Cookies, chocolate bars and/or glucose tablets