What Happens When Your Car Crashes Into A Body of Water?
In a worse case scenario, you may experience (or witness) an accident that is out of your comfort zone. You might see a car on fire or a vehicle plunge into a body of water.
What do you do?
It’s frightening, we know. And if you’re the person behind the wheel, you wouldn’t know what to do. It barely happens – but when it does, be prepared. Here are a few tips on what you should do when your car – or someone else – crashes into water.
Behind the wheel:
1. First thing is first, we know it’s difficult, but keep calm. Try your best to clear your head and get ready to embrace for impact. People would describe the clash like a head collision – but when you’re in this situation you have to act fast. Keep the doors and windows shut, but also make sure you open the locks for the door – just in case the windows won’t work. To survive in a drowning car, you’ll have to perform in a 5 or less minute rage. Staying calm will trick your mind into realizing you have a solution to a problem you wouldn’t think you can solve. But you can get out of this drowning situation.
2. Unbuckle your seat belt and instruct others to do so. If you have younger children in the back seat — once your car has faced the water, click that belt immediately. Then, reach for your child.
3. Roll down the window. Your car will slowly drown into the abyss. Therefore, you have time to escape. If you have an electric car, you have 10-20 seconds to open the window from impact before the water fully submerge the engine. (It’s more time than you think – yet still act quickly). If that doesn’t work, open the door (but only do so if your car is not fully submerged into water). Make sure children go out first and know how to swim. If not, instruct the children to get ready to hold their breathes and hang out as you swim to safety.
If your area is known to be flooded and has frequent waterways, it is a good idea to invest into an escape tool or a safe sharp object to break throw the glass in case of emergency. Make sure to act swiftly in order to save yourself and other love ones in the vehicle.