It’s a situation no one wants to imagine – finding yourself trapped in a car submerged underwater. But knowing what to do in such a scary moment can make all the difference between life and tragedy.
How To Escape Yourself and Family From Sinking Car
Here’s a simple guide to help you stay safe if your car ever ends up in the water.
1. Stay Calm and Don’t Panic
The first and most important thing to remember is not to panic. We understand it’s a frightening situation, but keeping a clear head is crucial for your safety.
2. Don’t Try to Force Open the Door
Your instinct might tell you to push the door open, but this is not the right move. The pressure of the water outside will make it nearly impossible to open the door, and you’ll waste precious energy trying. Instead, follow the next steps.
3. Keep Windows and Doors Closed
This might sound counterintuitive, but it’s essential. Opening a window will let water rush in, and soon, your car will be completely submerged. So, keep all windows and doors tightly shut.
4. Use the Headrest to Break the Rear Window
Now, here’s a life-saving tip: most cars are designed to float in water, and the rear window is designed to be the exit. You’ll find a headrest at the back of your seat. Pull it up, and you’ll see it has a sharp steel tip. Use that tip to break the rear window glass attached to the top of the car’s back.
The engine is heavy, so it will sink, but the air in the tires will keep the car from going all the way to the bottom. The back of the car will stay afloat thanks to the rear tires. A car sinks when water fills it up and makes it too heavy.
5. Think Smart, Use Available Tools
Even if you don’t know how to swim, there are things in your car that can help. The back seat often has solid foam that can float. Take it out, and if you have passengers, let them hold onto it and float. If there are small children with you, keep them close and hold onto them. You can even use your hands to push the water away and move towards the edge like a boat. If you have a second spare wheel or a “steppin,” remove it and use it to float. The back of the rear seat can also be lowered and used as a floatation device.
6. Stay Calm and Stay Informed
Keeping a cool head and not giving in to fear can be your best allies in this situation. Do your research on your car – know its ins and outs. This knowledge can be a lifesaver.
7. Check for Any Leaks in Your Car
If you notice water coming in from the engine side, try to get out as soon as possible. Cars are designed with sealed openings, but sometimes mechanics may not close them properly. It’s a good idea to keep an eye on your car’s condition and address any potential issues.
In times like these, it’s important to stay calm, think clearly, and use your knowledge to stay safe. We hope you never find yourself in this situation, but being prepared can make all the difference. Stay safe, and may all be protected in times of danger.