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Car submerged under water: Tips between 30 and 60 seconds to save people fastest

Articles Jun 16, 2019 23:03

Anyone who participates in traffic may encounter unexpected accidents. On rainy days, there is a risk of a car sinking in the water. Here are effective tips that you can apply to save people from the car as quickly as the car is submerged in water.

It may seem like an unlikely situation, but as Gerald Dworkin of Lifesaving Resources told the Orlando Sentinel, about 1,200 to 1,500 vehicles in the United States end up submerged in water each year. With record numbers of tornadoes hitting the country in 2019 and devastating floods across the Midwest, you never know when your street might turn into a lake.

Car submerged under water: Tips between 30 and 60 seconds to save people fastest
Time is not on your side (Illustration – Shutterstock | Aaron Amat)

1) Time is of the essence

When you realize that your car is sinking, it’s important not to delay or panic, no matter how much you feel like it! Each second is precious, and the longer you wait, the harder it will be to get out. As the car sinks further, the crushing pressure of the water will eventually mean that you’ll need superhuman strength to wrest the doors open.

Experts say that passengers have between 30 and 60 seconds to get out, as by after a minute, the car can sink too far to be able to get out.

Car submerged under water: Tips between 30 and 60 seconds to save people fastest
Get those windows down asap! (Illustration – Shutterstock | kryzhov)

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2) Seat belts off, windows down

While we’re all taught, with good reason, to keep our seat belts safely fastened in the car, this is one particular situation where your seat belt could actually harm your life rather than save it. As soon as the car goes into the water, unbuckle yourself and get everyone else in the car to do so. You’ll need to help unbuckle small children.

Once you’re free to move, get the windows down right away. If you have driver-controlled electric windows, you can roll them all down at the same time. You might need to unlock passenger controls so everyone can get theirs down. If you have manual windows, get everyone to roll theirs down as fast as they can. While this will let water into the car, it’s the only way that you’ll be able to escape once the car has sunk.

Car submerged under water: Tips between 30 and 60 seconds to save people fastest
Be sure to unbuckle yourself first so you can properly assist children (Illustration – Shutterstock | best time photos)

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3) Have the right tools

If for whatever reason, your electric windows fail or can’t be rolled down in time, you’ll need to break the windows to escape. Many emergency window-breaking tools exist, with hammer attachments that can quickly break open a window, as well as handy seat belt cutters for yourself or other passengers whose seat belts are jammed.

These inexpensive, widely available tools could mean the difference between life and death, so why not buy some and keep them in your car?

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4) Swim to safety

Once everyone is unbuckled and the windows are open, the incoming rush of the water is going to be incredibly powerful. You’ll have to swim hard to counteract it, and you’ll need to pick up any babies or small children as you go. Push them out into the water first, so you can swim behind and help pull them up to the surface.

Let’s review the steps:

Car submerged under water: Tips between 30 and 60 seconds to save people fastest
Illustration – Shutterstock | rumruay

Now that you know what to do, you know not to panic and not to delay. Act quickly, and you can save yourself and your passengers!

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Source: https://www.theepochtimes.com/life-saving-tip-on-how-to-escape-sinking-car-within-30-60-seconds_2951458.html

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