The Best Way To Survive When Your Car Hits A Lake

By on April 10, 2018

Avoid Catastrophe Following These Simple Steps

According to the CDC, between the years of 2005 and 2014, an average of 382 people drown inside their vehicles in North America. Our hero’s at Men’s Health (compliments of writer McKenzie Maxson) teach us how to safely escape an unthinkable automobile drowning.

A. Release Your Seatbelt
Unbuckle yourself and your passengers, but do not ajar the door. The doors shut will give you approximately 2-1/2 minutes before complete submersion.

B. Windows Are The Key
Car manufacturers build power windows to function from 30 to 90 seconds after a vehicle strikes the water. If the power window function fails a spring loaded punch, which can be purchased at any auto parts store, will be required to shatter the window. Experts recommend keeping the punch in the console or glove box.

C. Help Children First
Grab any children first. If they can’t swim instruct them to grip the side of the automobile until you’re out. If you don’t panic and follow this guide 90 seconds is plenty of time to get everyone out safely.