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What to do if your car falls into water (4 vital steps)

sinking car1. INTRODUCTION

#Question: How do I survive if my car falls into water?

Although unlikely, knowing the following guidelines are vital for surviving.

I hope you never need to put them into practice, but if it happens, after reading these 4 steps, you will be ready to act efficiently.

 

2. HOW TO ESCAPE FROM A SINKING CAR (4 VITAL STEPS)

  1. If you know you are going to hit the water, don’t unfasten your seatbelt before the impact.
  2. Once the car is in the water, you need to unfasten the seatbelt immediately (or cut it if you have a tool like THIS in the glove compartment).
  3. Try to roll down the windows. The electric system usually works for some minutes after the impact. If you can’t roll them down, try to break them with a sharp object hitting the top corners. You can use a multi-purpose tool like the one from the link above or the seat header, if you can pull it out. (*) Don’t waste your time trying to break the windshield or opening the doors. The windshield glass is stronger than the side windows. The doors won’t open due to the pressure of the water.
  4. If you can’t escape from the windows, the last resource will be waiting until the water fills the car and then escaping by opening the doors (it will be much easier as the internal and external pressure will be the same).

 

3. VIDEO – WHAT TO DO IF YOU CAR FALLS INTO WATER

 

4. HAMMER/SEATBELT CUTTER FOR THE CAR

Tools like this one are helpful and can be left in the glove compartment. Apart from this extreme event, this tool can be really useful in other accidents:

 

5. SHARE THE INFORMATION WITH YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS

You never know who might find it useful in the future. Share the post with your family and friends!

 

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Javier

PhD in Education. From Spain. Living everywhere. Passionate about learning and sharing. Welcome to Learner Trip!

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