The recent Bay Area storm, the upcoming cold season, and the 260,000 cars crossing the Bay Bridge every day have left many people wondering, where is the safest place to wait for help if you get stuck on a bridge?
There are no “shoulders” on the bridge where you can pull up and wait for help, so it is best to just “keep going,” says California Highway Patrol officer Shawn Chase. Even if you’re traveling at 3 or 4 miles per hour, it is best to stay in your car and make yourself visible, turn on your emergency lights, and make sure you are wearing your seat belt. Chase says the number of people who are willing to risk their lives to save their expensive vehicles is high, but not worth it.
If your car is truly inoperable, Chase says it is best to get out of it when it is safe, and get on the catwalk until help arrives.