Seconds count. You have between 30 to 60 seconds to escape a sinking car.
Floods are becoming a more common occurrence.
You can read my article here on “How to prepare for floods”.
Just last week two elderly women were swept away in raging floods in Sydney
Australia while in their car. There also has been flooding in Texas
which have resulted in some unfortunate deaths.
I came across this article by Alec Deacon who has a great website on survival related issues.
Remember that survival is preparation and preparation is survival. I hope you find this article beneficial.
How To Escape A Sinking Car
…when it comes to emergencies, you need to keep in mind that our plans, no matter how well organized and flexible, might fall through when least expected. That`s why it`s best to be prepared for nearly anything that could happen, including worst-case-scenarios that you might deem as impossible right now.
One of these worst-case-scenarios is being in a car that`s sinking in deep water….
– Hold the wheel to the nine o’clock and three o’clock position. If you hold your hands to the ten o`clock and two o`clock position, the airbags might throw your arms in your face. Plus, this position will force you to keep your muscles contracted and, thus, protect your bones better.
#2: Undo seat belts
According to Professor Dr Gordon Geisbrecht — who specializes in cold water immersion — once the car has crashed in water, the first thing you need to do is undo your seat belt and then unbuckle the kids. Start with the oldest child, who can then help others.
You may have heard the exact opposite thing: that you should leave your seat belt on, so you can control your moves better and not get pushed away from the window when the water starts rushing in.
However, a stuck seat belt will prevent you from making a quick escape and, as I said before, every second matters. If you get pushed away from the window, the adrenaline will force you to make an extra effort to get back on the track. But if you`re dealing with a seat belt that you can`t get to open, your chances of survival plummet close to zero.
#3: Open the window as soon as you hit the water
Once the car is underwater, the electrical system dies. That`s why you need to be fast and open the window while it`s still working. You`ll have just a few seconds at your disposal, so use them wisely.
Please watch the video below which highlights the principles above. Pay close attention to these tips and it could save the life of your loved ones including yourself.
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