If you ever get trapped in a sinking car, this is what you need to do in less than 2 minutes to survive. Share this information with your loves ones
Last Sunday, a woman and her 4 year old daughter drowned after their vehicle slid off the MV Harambee ferry in Likoni. Such an unfortunate situation is rare and thankfully, most people will probably never experience it. But what if you did? What if you are next? What steps would you take to escape from the sinking vehicle?
With a lot of pressure from the water pushing on the submerged vehicle opening the doors and windows is near impossible. And with computerized systems controlling the doors and windows of many modern cars, they might malfunction if flooded with water and you won’t be able to open the doors or the windows.
That’s why safety experts say speed is of the essence. you will likely have less than 2 minutes to act and escape the sinking car. They advise people to get out of the before it goes under, which means you have a very short amount of time to get out of the vehicle. The key steps are to get your seatbelt off and open the car windows within the first 30 to 60 seconds.
Almost all modern cars are equipped with automatic window rollers. If you are unable to open the windows for whatever reason, try to look for something inside the car that can help you break the glass. You can pull out the head-rest of your seat and use the pointed metallic ends to smash on the window.
If you don’t have it, the survival tip is to try breaking the car windows by hitting the edges, not the centre.
Car windows are far more likely to break than a car’s windscreen because they are made with tempered glass. Watch the video below to see a demonstration of how to escape a sinking vehicle
In summary, remember these important life saving tips if you ever find your self in a sinking vehicle
Tips on How to Escape from a Sinking Car (Summary)
- Don’t panic, stay as calm as possible, especially if you have children in the car
- You have less than 2 minutes to act. Research has shown that most cars will float on water between 30-120 seconds before they start sinking
- Don’t wait for the pressure to equalize – When the vehicle starts sinking, the pressure of water on the outside will make it really hard for you to open the doors or windows.
- The window is your best escape choice, not the door. If the water line has risen past the window and you cant roll it down, just break it. Remember that you will be hit by a flood of water as it rushes inside the car, though this won’t prevent you from swimming out