AAA’s advice: Get ready for Irma, Georgia (here’s how to prepare yourself and your car)

Hurricane Irma is headed toward Georgia, promising to bring torrential rain, damaging wind and little to no visibility on roads.

The perfect storm of reasons not to drive, in other words.

But what if you can’t avoid it? Much of coastal Georgia and other parts of the state are under mandatory evacuation orders beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday. In anticipation, AAA has released a set of tips for people who have to drive during what’s likely to be increasingly dangerous conditions.

“The safety of our members and all motorist on Georgia roadways is a top priority for AAA,” said Garrett Townsend, Georgia Public Affairs Director for AAA - The Auto Club Group. “It is vital for Georgians to begin preparations now for Hurricane Irma."

Georgians should heed all official warnings and stay off the roads unless ordered to evacuate, AAA stresses. But given Irma’s size and unpredictability, no one should ignore these tips:

Convenience store operators think Hurricane Irma evacuations out of Florida could strain the gas supply in Georgia.

Photo: WSB-TV

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