There are certain situations in life that we hope we're never in, but want to be prepared for just in case. The internet is full of tips, tricks, and tutorials for what to do in all kinds of unlikely life-threatening scenarios. Sure, the chances of encountering a bear or getting a blood clot may be slim, but you'd never want to be without the information you need to survive.
Today, we're going to explore a situation that might sound terrifying: escaping from a car that's sinking underwater. Unfortunately, this type of accident claims the lives of hundreds of people every year, but it doesn't have to be that way. You'd be surprised just how easy it is to escape from a sinking vehicle if you stay calm. Check out the images below to learn everything you need to know in order to make it through this complicated accident.
Picture this: your car has slowly floated down to the bottom of a lake. You're stuck inside without anything to break the windows. You try opening the doors, but they simply won't budge. Would you know what to do?
Jessi Combs and Patrick McIntyre, two car experts and thrill-seekers, volunteered to experience what it was like to be in a sinking car so they could learn how to escape.
They learned that there are two popular methods for escaping from a car that's slowly being submerged in water:
The first method involves waiting for the interior of your car to completely fill with water. A big problem people make is attempting to open the doors when the interior isn't full of water. Since there is a difference in pressure between the interior and exterior, the door becomes virtually impossible to open.
Once the interior is totally full, however, the pressure is equal and opening the door shouldn't be a problem. They recommend raising your head as high as possible before taking a deep breath, opening the door, and swimming to the surface.
The second method requires you to act a little quicker.
Instead of waiting for the car to fill up completely, you'll want to open the door before it goes below the surface. At this point, the doors should still be easy to open - just make sure any passengers are aware of what you are planning to do and instruct them accordingly.
While these two methods are good, they don't quite cover everything. Here are a few more pieces of advice from around the web that you'll be glad to know.
Howcast recommends opening the windows as soon as your car hits the water. This way, you don't run the risk of experiencing complications with your door and can immediately slide out.
A window breaking tool is good to have, but by no means necessary. Anything pointy, like the heel of a shoe to your elbow, can be used to break out your windows. Always remember to strike in the center of the window, and never try to break out through the windshield as they are far more durable.
After it lands in the water, your car will float for about a minute before it begins to sink. Take this time to take off your seatbelt, unlock your doors, and remove any shoes or heavy pants that might weigh you down while you swim. Even if you escape, you have to make sure you'll be able to safely swim to shore.
Finally, Howcast came up with this handy acronym so you'll always remember what to do.
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