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Did you know most people actually do the opposite of what is required when trying to escape a sinking car?

That is why it is important to share this demonstration on what you should actually do in order to save a life in a short time frame of 30 seconds.
You have 30-60 seconds to escape safely.

  • Seat belt off
  • Windows down
  • Go, go, go!

One of our members has shared a good point on Facebook –  “I was recently told that the metal posts of all head rest are made with points now so they can be used to smash windows if you are ever trapped.”

We have also had people ask what about electric windows. According to this post, a car’s electrical system should work for up to three minutes in water. (not that you have three minutes of course), so try the method of opening it electronically first, before attempting to smash the window.

•If you have no tools or heavy objects to break the window with, use your feet. If you have high heels, these might work when placed at the centre of the window. Aim to kick near the front of the window or along the hinges.

Be aware that it’s very hard to break a window by kicking, so find these breakpoints. Don’t even try the windshield; it’s made to be unbreakable (safety glass) and even if you did manage to shatter it (unlikely in the time you have), the stickiness of safety glass can make it hard to get through.

Side and rear windows are the best options for escape.

•If you have a heavy object, aim for the center of the window. A rock, hammer, steering wheel lock, umbrella, screwdriver, laptop, large camera, etc., might all serve as suitable battering objects. Even the keys might work if you’re strong enough.
•If you’ve already thought ahead, you might have a window breaking tool handy in the car. There are various tools available.

This video has gone viral since it was first shared a couple of years ago.

Share your comments below.

Image via youtube

  • I would hope that this would never happen, but good to know.

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  • Not to certain if I could manage to exit fast enough through the window but the video was very informative thanks. Do pray I or family never have to experience this.

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  • I knew about trying to get the windows down quickly – but this is all good information.

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  • Such an important video to share! I learned something new. Thank you!!

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  • this makes me hold my breath. I hate to think about being in that situation. I honestly would panic.

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  • It’s frightening to watch the video. It shows just how quick you have to be to get out in time.

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  • Great tips! I never thought or knew about the metal parts of the headrest.

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  • Um, I guess it’s something I’ve never really though about but it is good to know!

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  • Quick thinking and 3 steps,hopefully l will never have to use them!

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