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How to Escape a Car Sinking in Deep Water -
Published: 9 years ago By: Howcast

By: HowcastPublished: 9 years ago

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It can happen in an instant: Your car ends up in the water, and it’s sinking fast. Here’s how to get out.

Step 1: Calm down
Stem panic by reminding yourself that your car will usually float for a minute or two before it begins to sink. Use this time to unfasten your seat belt, open the driver-side window or a sunroof, and unlock the doors.

As long as you keep your keys in the ignition, the electrical system likely will work until the car is submerged enough for the system to short out.

Step 2: Break the window
If you were unable to open your side window, break it with your elbow, heels, or -- better still -- anything pointy you have on hand, like a pen or screwdriver. Aim for the center of the window. Don’t bother with the windshield; it's made to be unbreakable.

Hardware stores sell tools specifically designed to break car windows in an emergency.

Step 3: Undress
If the car is sinking slowly, take off your shoes. If you’re wearing jeans and you have time, remove those as well. Both weigh you down, making swimming to the surface more difficult.

Step 4: Get out
Climb out the window before the car becomes submerged, and swim to the surface.

Memorize the acronym POGO: Pop seat belt, Open the window, and Get Out.

Step 5: Wait until car fills
If you were unable to get out through the window, don’t panic! Let the car fill with water, knowing that once it does, the water pressure inside and out will be equalized, allowing you to open the door and escape.

Hang on to the door handle as the car fills with water so you don’t float and become disoriented if the car flips.

Step 6: Open the door
When the water reaches your chin, take a deep breath and hold it. Then open the door and swim out headfirst. If you’re not sure which way is up, look for bubbles and swim in the direction in which they’re rising.

Did You Know?
Magician Criss Angel escaped from the locked trunk of a car submerged in a lake as one of his stunts.

Ganga Prakash
'Ganga Prakash' 1 week ago
I came here after watching Mercy by Shawn Mendes 'cuz I got a little scared.
'Tommyaka' 1 week ago
Whoever made this video clearly doesn't know that the head rests have pointy prongs on the ends of them. In an emergency you take the head rest off the seat and use the pointed ends to break the window.
Marker Villacorta
'Marker Villacorta' 1 week ago
Make sure you bring a snorkel outfit if you need one, also, open the car door, if you get out, wear the snorkel, the goggles help you see well in the water, the snorkel helps you to breathe, though its impossible to do this.
'Dizzle' 2 weeks ago
Yes. If I'm ever in this situation I hope I remember the acronym POGO. Otherwise, I may die!
Lenin Lennon
'Lenin Lennon' 2 weeks ago
Tried it & step 5 doesn't work, flagged
Chris Chapin
'Chris Chapin' 4 weeks ago
You're supposed to aim for the corner of the glass window, the center is the hardest part, look on other videos where they actually show this in real life
Art About Nothing
'Art About Nothing' 1 month ago
Remove the head rest and the 2 metal points can be used to break the glass from the inside.
Teh N00b
'Teh N00b' 2 months ago
m8 i am not a girl i am a troller. i have only a troll face and a black suit.
56834 :333
'56834 :333' 2 months ago
Well, what If we don't know how to swim, AND the water is possibly filled with deadly creatures. :)
iiPanda x
'iiPanda x' 2 months ago
And I don’t know how to swim
GoldGaming Gaming
'GoldGaming Gaming' 2 months ago
0:07 also the car will start growing rapidly
Alyssa Adams
'Alyssa Adams' 2 months ago
Why would you break the corner of a window when your not in water , but when your in water, you break the middle
Cristian Radical
'Cristian Radical' 2 months ago
Imagine swimming down instead of up haha
Angelena W
'Angelena W' 2 months ago
What if you can’t swim
Iker Can
'Iker Can'tseeapas' 2 months ago
thecraftykingdom king
What if you have children....
GD Cysao
'GD Cysao' 3 months ago
2009 was great like this
Brian Hackert
'Brian Hackert' 3 months ago
hey, i just watched another one of these that said to strike the window at the edge. what gives?
Bernard Popp
'Bernard Popp' 4 months ago
NOTE WELL...Unlock the electric door locks ASAP ...while they still work, or u will be unable to use the doors should u need to.
Tressic Music
'Tressic Music' 4 months ago
Thank you so much. Loved the video and the channel.
september rose
'september rose' 4 months ago
Me: Oh I need to sleep it's 10pm Also me: Oh a Video of how to save myself in a sinking car.
'AirPlayRule' 5 months ago
If other comments are true, this video wrongly says to hit the side windows at the center, which could result in people coming here to learn and instead ending up dying because they shouldve hit the corner. wtf
Lexi Mimi
'Lexi Mimi' 5 months ago
no joke....
'KING FROST GAMING' 5 months ago
But I didn't know how to swim
'DeltaGaming' 5 months ago
Only take off your shoes, pants and shirts can be used as improvised floatation devices
Johny Cash
'Johny Cash' 5 months ago
If you can’t break up windows in deep water , go ahead and start praying because in next 20 seconds, your life will be over. Just follow the light. 🤣😂😂
Marquise BLXCK
'Marquise BLXCK' 5 months ago
Dude said you can open your card door underwater due to equalized pressure... FALSE!
Jéff Máthew
'Jéff Máthew' 5 months ago
Step 7: Say goodbye to your car
Mlemo LPS
'Mlemo LPS' 6 months ago
What if you don't have a car?
Funny FrillyFriend AJPW
1:45 that face scares me....
Swag Doge
'Swag Doge' 6 months ago
You will need -a phone Step 1- call ocean man Did you know- the grass is green
Tonghai Oeng
'Tonghai Oeng' 6 months ago
Wow cars float srsly you only have 30 sec to escape car sink
Devin Seeley
'Devin Seeley' 7 months ago
aim at the corners
'Dizzythegamer678' 7 months ago
what if u cant swim
Squidward Tentacles
'Squidward Tentacles' 7 months ago
0:07 I am going to fall off this cliff and die with my car
Zeto gaming
'Zeto gaming' 7 months ago
Whay of you cant swim
'yuri082783' 7 months ago
Step one if your evil die but no
Csapat R
'Csapat R' 7 months ago
Nigguh the window center is the strongest you idiot hit it at the corner and elbow youd break it
A lamp.
'A lamp.' 8 months ago
I always drive with my windows down because at least once every week, I have a different nightmare that always end up with me trying to get out of a car that's submerged in a lake/ocean. It can be from a cliff, or a bridge falling apart, or just not turning soon/hard enough. The first thing that I always do in those dreams is roll my window down, but of course, naturally, I can never get it all the way down or I can't unbuckle my seat belt to get out because it's a nightmare and I can't move my muscles in my sleep, so I'm not going to be moving them in my dreams. So, now I am deathly afraid of driving by water, water in general, and, especially, dark and deep water. Also, with respect to those who do, I don't believe in symbolic dream meanings/dreams telling the future. I'm a very "no fate, just coincidences" kind of person in general. I just figure I dream about what I think about. I've always been a very anxious person, and even before these nightmares, I would (in real life) think about what would happen/what I would do if the car I was in simply fell into water. So now, whenever I'm dreaming about driving next to water, my brain is obviously going to connect these thoughts to my dream, except it will actually stimulate them and not just feel like I'm thinking about it. I don't think it means "The car represents your path to success and the waters are your obstacles that you must overcome" or whatever. Anyway, thanks for reading my life story ! x *Side note*: In another dream, I was surrounded by puppies in a cozy home, so I don't just have nightmares !
'dsffg234' 8 months ago
#1 self composure lmfao
Dayi Vela
'Dayi Vela' 9 months ago
but what it dose work
'James' 9 months ago
Step one: press brake, will make car go backwards to dry land
Apple Art
'Apple Art' 9 months ago
Smiley Girl
'Smiley Girl' 9 months ago
How do u save your family
The Brown Cat
'The Brown Cat' 9 months ago
There are 2 problems.... I can't swim and i'am too fat to get out through the window
Heroína Mother
'Heroína Mother' 9 months ago
Let me tell you something. I can't swim...
Black Suited Venom
'Black Suited Venom' 9 months ago
my surviving plan. 1. Roll down window 2. Take off seatbelt 3. Get out of car through open window. 4. Swim back to shore.
Mutual Trauma
'Mutual Trauma' 10 months ago
What if you can't swim?
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Im watching this while in a sinking car
Myung Yim
'Myung Yim' 11 months ago
Can you make How to Survive a Sinking Ship
Myung Yim
'Myung Yim' 11 months ago
What if the water is 18* - A tempature that kills people in 15 minutes?
Vincy Mais
'Vincy Mais' 11 months ago
Step 1: get the hell out Step 2: swim out
Stovall Holmes
'Stovall Holmes' 11 months ago one get one
'SaalSubaie' 11 months ago
remember you can take off the headrest and use it as a tool to break the window.
'chrissyxx' 11 months ago
one problem..... Idk how to swim lol.
Michael Mac Cracken
'Michael Mac Cracken' 11 months ago
can you do how to escape from a BURNING car
D Miller
'D Miller' 11 months ago
Please remove this video and resubmit with correct information. Side windows can only be broken in the lower corners, NOT THE CENTER.
Julie Granado
'Julie Granado' 11 months ago
what if the car falls into a deep river with currents ?
'Rollie55' 11 months ago
A part of me wants me to drive my car into water, and attempt escaping it, for the sake of knowing I could do it.
Andrew Godfrey
'Andrew Godfrey' 12 months ago
But what if I can't swim?
The oofy Tube
'The oofy Tube' 12 months ago
My mom has a glass breaking tool
Chuck Norris
'Chuck Norris' 12 months ago
Pop seatbelt and get out?Cool, i never though of that
'hanshukebein' 1 year ago
Cool but there is major problem here i cant swim...
'Johnny's Girl' 1 year ago
I think having one of those window punches on a keychain would be a good thing to have.
Dork Mac
'Dork Mac' 1 year ago
Elika Ranger
'Elika Ranger' 1 year ago
im lovin it
'Platypuff' 1 year ago
I'm surprised this video didn't mention that you could pull out the actual headrest on your seat and use it to break the window. That's actually what're they're designed to pop out for.
Luisa Reyna
'Luisa Reyna' 1 year ago
the headpiece of the front seats are there to be taken off and used as a glass breaker
'MspMelonFreaks' 1 year ago
Well i hope this doesn't happen when Its night since Its going to be a hell to see.
'MspMelonFreaks' 1 year ago
I'm watching this while I'm inside a drowning car lol.
'RP SINGH' 1 year ago
and in water we can't open a window
'RP SINGH' 1 year ago
if we not have a tool to broke window
Margarita Eggler
'Margarita Eggler' 1 year ago
The head resters of many cars are designed to be easily pulled up so the metal tubes can be used to crack and break the car's windows
Margarita Eggler
'Margarita Eggler' 1 year ago
The head resters of many cars are designed
Saige Elizabeth
'Saige Elizabeth' 1 year ago
is there something I don't get about sinking cars like can you just open the door
Amr Mohamed Hassan
if u ran from death this time he will get u at sometime 😑
seretha barnette
'seretha barnette' 1 year ago
What if you cant swim
'CR7NEYMAR' 1 year ago
why dont you just open the door and get out
'BwapsCuber' 1 year ago
Thx really helped! Watching this about to drown!
the toaster
'the toaster' 1 year ago
open the door as fast as you can
Oystergamer 8254
'Oystergamer 8254' 1 year ago
What if there's more people in the car?
Den Yuan
'Den Yuan' 1 year ago
You will also need a driving license.
'CanadianGamer99' 1 year ago
I can't swim
Caithlin Mulligan
'Caithlin Mulligan' 1 year ago
actually to help you breath more just hyper ventilate and then hold your breath, this can help me breath in a swimming pool for 1 minute !
Thehehetree 1
'Thehehetree 1' 1 year ago
but what if you don't know how to swim ?
'JEFFY' 1 year ago
Why can't you open the door?
XxT_Wolves xX
'XxT_Wolves xX' 1 year ago
I can't swim
Mushroom Nose
'Mushroom Nose' 1 year ago
if the whole car is filled with water it won't always open. the water on the outside will probably push back
Minecraft Boss
'Minecraft Boss' 2 years ago
Swegy Monster TWD :3
what about take the part of the seat ( the one that your head sits on ) put it at the corners smash down ( you don't have to be that strong ) the window shatters easily!! but the small windows
NicoHans SD87
'NicoHans SD87' 2 years ago
But I can't swim
Aqua sparklez
'Aqua sparklez' 2 years ago
'Epointic' 2 years ago
Thx this helped on arma 3
Pleb King
'Pleb King' 2 years ago
More like... POGTFO
Sollar Ace
'Sollar Ace' 2 years ago
You should just break the window with your fist just punch the corner
'speed07' 2 years ago
watching was very uncomfortible
'Priceless23' 2 years ago
All good information besides going for the middle of the glass window you will not break it unless you have a glass breaker! go for the edge of it that's where it's weakest
Ebbie May
'Ebbie May' 2 years ago
Alice Angel
'Alice Angel' 2 years ago
Thanks for the safety tips incase that happens
Skylander Sam06
'Skylander Sam06' 2 years ago
what if you can't swim? like me
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