How to Escape a Car Sinking in Deep Water

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  • Published on:  Friday, February 13, 2009
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    It can happen in an instant: Your car ends up in the water, and it’s sinking fast. Here’s how to get out.

    Step 1: Calm down
    Stem panic by reminding yourself that your car will usually float for a minute or two before it begins to sink. Use this time to unfasten your seat belt, open the driver-side window or a sunroof, and unlock the doors.

    As long as you keep your keys in the ignition, the electrical system likely will work until the car is submerged enough for the system to short out.

    Step 2: Break the window
    If you were unable to open your side window, break it with your elbow, heels, or -- better still -- anything pointy you have on hand, like a pen or screwdriver. Aim for the center of the window. Don’t bother with the windshield; it's made to be unbreakable.

    Hardware stores sell tools specifically designed to break car windows in an emergency.

    Step 3: Undress
    If the car is sinking slowly, take off your shoes. If you’re wearing jeans and you have time, remove those as well. Both weigh you down, making swimming to the surface more difficult.

    Step 4: Get out
    Climb out the window before the car becomes submerged, and swim to the surface.

    Memorize the acronym POGO: Pop seat belt, Open the window, and Get Out.

    Step 5: Wait until car fills
    If you were unable to get out through the window, don’t panic! Let the car fill with water, knowing that once it does, the water pressure inside and out will be equalized, allowing you to open the door and escape.

    Hang on to the door handle as the car fills with water so you don’t float and become disoriented if the car flips.

    Step 6: Open the door
    When the water reaches your chin, take a deep breath and hold it. Then open the door and swim out headfirst. If you’re not sure which way is up, look for bubbles and swim in the direction in which they’re rising.

    Did You Know?
    Magician Criss Angel escaped from the locked trunk of a car submerged in a lake as one of his stunts.
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  • Gabrijel Ozimec

    Gabrijel Ozimec

     14 days ago

    Wtf 10 years and this video is still not down or remade...

  • Gabrijel Ozimec

    Gabrijel Ozimec

     14 days ago

    Wtf 10 years and this video is still not down or remade...

  • Kirsty Taylor

    Kirsty Taylor

     2 months ago +1

    This is bad because what if they cant swim

  • Polandball


     2 months ago

    People with the windows that you roll down with a handle are better off

  • Cookiesandpudding


     2 months ago

    The headrest in cars can be used to break the window

  • Sarah Cotton

    Sarah Cotton

     4 months ago

    watching this cause i had a nightmare that i my car is sinking
    i didn't know how to escape

  • Ham AlA

    Ham AlA

     4 months ago

    Don't panic was the most clear adv

  • DastardlyCrook


     5 months ago

    Wait what? If you can get the window open shouldn't you get out like, immediately? Not wait to remove trousers or anything daft like that. Time is of the essence.

  • Jabar K

    Jabar K

     5 months ago

    You can also use the head rest to break the window

  • Lucy's life in the baby alive world

    Lucy's life in the baby alive world

     8 months ago

    Step 1: Accept death😊

  • Detective Inspector

    Detective Inspector

     8 months ago

    Must remember to remove my little Hammer & get my husband a denim jacket 🤫

  • Cionca Mark

    Cionca Mark

     8 months ago

    And you cant break the window in the midle , you need to hit the corner

  • Black Sonata_

    Black Sonata_

     8 months ago

    Just die, n respawn

  • thena120579


     8 months ago

    step 1. Learn how to swim

  • azizam azizan

    azizam azizan

     8 months ago

    Thank you sir

  • Matias Ayala

    Matias Ayala

     9 months ago

    Just keep your windows rolled down when crossing bridges and driving near water, better safe than sorry

  • Johnson City NY Railfann Productions

    Johnson City NY Railfann Productions

     10 months ago

    I won't be able to look for bubbles I can't see clear underwater

  • Commander Keen

    Commander Keen

     10 months ago

    Thanks, i got sick of dying in my car, so i looked up this video!

  • Heather Sawyer

    Heather Sawyer

     11 months ago

    Did you know that cars have wheels?

  • Wee cunt

    Wee cunt

     11 months ago

    “You will need” damn what kind of idiot would prepare to drive into the ocean?