Most people have no idea what to do when their car becomes submerged in water, but hopefully this video will help!
Every year about 400 people die because they are unable to get out of their sinking cars after crashing into the water. Most people’s first reaction is to roll up the window, to keep water out, and to get on their phone and call for help. However, leading researcher Gordon Giesbrecht says that this could be a fatal mistake.
He explains that rescue teams just do not have enough time to save you in this kind of crash. So in order to survive, you have to be able to save yourself.
The first few seconds are the most important in this situation, “We’re telling people that you have to get out of the vehicle before the water gets up against the windows, and that’s really in the first 30 to 60 seconds.”, Giesbrecht says. Meaning, there is no time to waste. Stay focused and do not panic. “Don’t call 9-1-1 from inside a sinking vehicle,” he adds.
The first actions are critical in this type of accident. It is important to remove your seatbelt and open the windows as fast as possible. After this, while the vehicle begins to fill with water, crawl out of the window and swim away from the car.