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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.

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1:45 that face scares me....
Swag Doge
'Swag Doge' 2 days ago
You will need -a phone Step 1- call ocean man Did you know- the grass is green
Tonghai Oeng
'Tonghai Oeng' 1 week ago
Wow cars float srsly you only have 30 sec to escape car sink
Devin Seeley
'Devin Seeley' 3 weeks ago
aim at the corners
Rose S
'Rose S' 1 month ago
what if u cant swim
Mr Cookie
'Mr Cookie' 1 month ago
0:07 I am going to fall off this cliff and die with my car
Zeto gaming
'Zeto gaming' 1 month ago
Whay of you cant swim
'yuri082783' 1 month ago
Step one if your evil die but no
Csapat R
'Csapat R' 2 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.' 2 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' 2 months ago
#1 self composure lmfao
Rickeria Skidmore
'Rickeria Skidmore' 2 months ago
but what if you can,t swim
Dayi Vela
'Dayi Vela' 3 months ago
but what it dose work
Dick Fiddler
'Dick Fiddler' 3 months ago
Step one: press brake, will make car go backwards to dry land
Apple Vlogs
'Apple Vlogs' 3 months ago
Smiley Girl
'Smiley Girl' 3 months ago
How do u save your family
The Brown Cat
'The Brown Cat' 3 months ago
There are 2 problems.... I can't swim and i'am too fat to get out through the window
Heroin Mother
'Heroin Mother' 3 months ago
Let me tell you something. I can't swim...
Nfl Mixes
'Nfl Mixes' 3 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.
Rein LOL
'Rein LOL' 4 months ago
What if you can't swim?
Tanner Nelson - Montages, Gameplay & More!
Im watching this while in a sinking car
Windows 8
'Windows 8' 5 months ago
Can you make How to Survive a Sinking Ship
Windows 8
'Windows 8' 5 months ago
What if the water is 18* - A tempature that kills people in 15 minutes?
Vincy Mais
'Vincy Mais' 5 months ago
Step 1: get the hell out Step 2: swim out
Stovall Holmes
'Stovall Holmes' 5 months ago one get one
'SaalSubaie' 5 months ago
remember you can take off the headrest and use it as a tool to break the window.
'chrissyxx' 5 months ago
one problem..... Idk how to swim lol.
Michael Mac Cracken
'Michael Mac Cracken' 5 months ago
can you do how to escape from a BURNING car
D Miller
'D Miller' 5 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' 5 months ago
what if the car falls into a deep river with currents ?
'Rollie55' 6 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' 6 months ago
But what if I can't swim?
The great Zapfish
'The great Zapfish' 6 months ago
My mom has a glass breaking tool
Chuck Norris
'Chuck Norris' 6 months ago
Pop seatbelt and get out?Cool, i never though of that
'hanshukebein' 6 months ago
Cool but there is major problem here i cant swim...
'Johnny's Girl' 6 months ago
I think having one of those window punches on a keychain would be a good thing to have.
Random person YOlo
'Random person YOlo' 7 months ago
Elika Ranger
'Elika Ranger' 7 months ago
im lovin it
'Platypuff' 7 months 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' 7 months ago
the headpiece of the front seats are there to be taken off and used as a glass breaker
'MspMelonFreaks' 7 months ago
Well i hope this doesn't happen when Its night since Its going to be a hell to see.
'MspMelonFreaks' 7 months ago
I'm watching this while I'm inside a drowning car lol.
'RP SINGH' 8 months ago
and in water we can't open a window
'RP SINGH' 8 months ago
if we not have a tool to broke window
Margarita Eggler
'Margarita Eggler' 8 months 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' 8 months ago
The head resters of many cars are designed
Saige Elizabeth
'Saige Elizabeth' 8 months ago
is there something I don't get about sinking cars like can you just open the door
Amr Mohamed Hassan
'Amr Mohamed Hassan' 8 months ago
if u ran from death this time he will get u at sometime 😑
seretha barnette
'seretha barnette' 8 months ago
What if you cant swim
'CR7NEYMAR' 8 months ago
why dont you just open the door and get out
'BwapsCuber' 8 months ago
Thx really helped! Watching this about to drown!
the toaster
'the toaster' 8 months ago
open the door as fast as you can
Oystergamer 8254
'Oystergamer 8254' 9 months ago
What if there's more people in the car?
Den Yuan
'Den Yuan' 9 months ago
You will also need a driving license.
GhostGamer 99
'GhostGamer 99' 9 months ago
I can't swim
Ducky quill
'Ducky quill' 10 months 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 !
theoldpotato bra
'theoldpotato bra' 10 months ago
but what if you don't know how to swim ?
'JEFFY' 10 months ago
Why can't you open the door?
T Robust
'T Robust' 12 months ago
I can't swim
Mushroom Nose
'Mushroom Nose' 12 months 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' 1 year 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' 1 year ago
But I can't swim
Aqua sparklez
'Aqua sparklez' 1 year ago
'Epointic' 1 year ago
Thx this helped on arma 3
Pleb King
'Pleb King' 1 year ago
More like... POGTFO
Kacek 2332
'Kacek 2332' 1 year ago
You should just break the window with your fist just punch the corner
'sidiiq' 1 year ago
watching was very uncomfortible
'Priceless23' 1 year 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' 1 year ago
Alice Angel
'Alice Angel' 1 year ago
Thanks for the safety tips incase that happens
Skylander Sam06
'Skylander Sam06' 1 year ago
what if you can't swim? like me
Stay Fr00sty
'Stay Fr00sty' 1 year ago
I'm member of the volunteer fire department and when we have to break a window of a car, we don't smash right in the center of the glass because it whips back. So we smash the corners
Zarz Anator
'Zarz Anator' 1 year ago
I saw once in a movie to break free the rear view mirror. But it was used to escape a car teetering over a cliff edge. Maybe it works underwater too?
Linutt KH
'Linutt KH' 1 year ago
could i use sonic screwdriver to break the glass?
'HexaRex' 1 year ago
'Fablewolf' 1 year ago
Car headrests can come completely out of the car seats and can be used to break the Windows
Lavar Ball
'Lavar Ball' 1 year ago
Do you think l'm going to have these materials in the car every time I go in? Wow
Aine Metcalfe
'Aine Metcalfe' 1 year ago
it's hard to open doors under water because of outside pressure I thought? !! i got told to use headrests to break the window as when u take them off there is 2 metal rods.
Aine Metcalfe
'Aine Metcalfe' 1 year ago
it's hard to open doors under water because of outside pressure I thought? !! i got told to use headrests to break the window as when u take them off there is 2 metal rods.
Joe Papp
'Joe Papp' 1 year ago
don't go for the windshield it's in breakable how come it broke in a car accident I had
Sonic The Irish Demon
or Mario 64 it and swim out easily
Chau Pham
'Chau Pham' 1 year ago
Cus I'm only 7
Chau Pham
'Chau Pham' 1 year ago
But how am I gonna swim idk how to swim
'emsie76' 1 year ago
Most cars have removable headrests. You can use the metal spikes to break the corner of the window (not middle, that's tuff).
'G's Realm' 1 year ago
What if you can't swim....
Mad Dots
'Mad Dots' 1 year ago
Pro tip: Your headrest can be taken off to break the glass! Most people don't know this and spend a lot of time just trying to open the window... It's been right there dude...
Romelia Darosa
'Romelia Darosa' 1 year ago
Just look for ShepherdSurvives website. There is all you need to learn it :)
Nikeyonna Barrington
what if you can't open your eyes under water
'Slurpeee' 1 year ago
How to escape a car sinking in deep water You will need: Time to wait Jesus Step 1: Wait until the car completely sinks Step 2: Try to drown Step 3: After drowning, Jesus will come and take you to heaven, where you can start a new life there :-)
Megan Boller Nicole
I live in West Virginia
J MAN 1225
'J MAN 1225' 1 year ago
I'll Ben I'm this sivhuatioj and servived
Matthew Cowan
'Matthew Cowan' 1 year ago
Hit the sides of the side window not the centre or jam the head rest down the rubber but were the window goes up and down and pull it towards the seat and the glass will break
Daquan Wiley
'Daquan Wiley' 1 year ago
I ain't Criss Angel Bih
Ian Jeremy Almoradie
I can't swim
MasterGoamate 2002
why do you need row down your window to die
Synergy Skateboarding
How to escape a sinking car:open the freaking door😂😂
Shardonae Lowery
'Shardonae Lowery' 1 year ago
I understand the struggle because until the car sinks get out quickly as possible before you even drown and lose your breath and die until someone saves you to take you to the doctor before a shark gets close if a tide was coming and would not be able to get out in time so don't panic if a rout is there only panic if there is the shark or wave or tide coming so believe that might of happens to you but you don't die it's simple because using your elbo or pin would slow you way down until it's all the way submerged in the water the step first to do is get a sharp hammer use the back of it until the window broke do the corners they have more ways then sinking the car deeper and faster if in the middle it might not be true but I assume it's true but people have different ideas or stratigges to get out of a bad thing
'Lina' 1 year ago
Wasn't Pogo the name of the male adult Dalmatian dog in "101 Dalmatians"?
'PERA tv' 1 year ago
A video said dont hit the center of the glass but the edge and that will be like 15 times easier
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