How to Escape a Submerged Vehicle

How to Escape a Submerged Vehicle

While driving is an important part of everyday life, sometimes accidents do happen. If an accident happens near a body of water, you may end up inside of a vehicle that is quickly sinking. This is a situation that one needs to be prepared for, just in case, it happens to you. This guide will walk you through the steps you should take, in order, to be able to survive and escape a sinking vehicle.

Steps

1
Do not consciously drive into the water. However, if you do somehow accidentally end up in a sinking vehicle, it is important that you remain calm. The cabin is quickly filling up with water, which means the air is quickly leaving. Take long, deep breaths, assess the situation and act accordingly.
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2
Remove safety restraints. In the event that the car does go off the road and into a body of water, remove your seatbelt first.
3
Assist others next if they can not remove their own seat belt. Small children/babies and the elderly may need assistance.
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4
Cut safety restraints. Ignore if step 2 works. If for some reason your seatbelt won't come off, this is the alternative solution. The window-breaking tool also doubles as a seat belt cutter. Just simply slide the seat belt through the gap of the tool and pull it with a swift motion.
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5
Try to open the door before the door is covered by the water. You should be able to escape the vehicle due to the pressure not becoming a factor on the door quite yet. This method has only a very small window of opportunity to escape before the pressure of the water on the outside is too great to open the door. You can then escape very easily.
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6
Use a window Breaking tool (If you have one). These are designed to cause a fracture in the tempered glass window, which then will shatter due to this tempering. These will only break with a sharp-pointed pressure underwater so one of these tools will be very helpful. Once shattered, escape through the opening where the window once was and swim to the surface. Protect your face and eyes from any broken glass.
7
Move to the back seat (if there are rear doors). To maximize the air available try to move to the back seat as the vehicle will sink nose first, meaning the back will fill up with water last and you can escape from one of the rear doors.
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8
Be Patient. If any of the above methods did not work or if you didn’t have the window breaking tool, you will have to be patient. The only way you can escape is by being patient and waiting for the pressure to equalize on the inside of the vehicle by getting filled with water. Take a deep breath at the last moment you can and hold your breath.
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9
Move to the back seat (if there are rear doors). To maximize the air available, try to move to the back seat as the vehicle will sink nose first, meaning the back will fill up with water last and you can escape from one of the rear doors.
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