Can Adam Escape a Sinking Car? | MythBusters - playithub.com
Published: 7 years ago By: Discovery
By: DiscoveryPublished: 7 years ago
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Fearless Adam holds his breath as he is submerged in a pool to test the underwater car escape myth.
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Flipped rolled down a bank, nose bobbed an has quick has u could hit the top of tht last gasp we sank-THAT QUICK- passenger side window now touching the river bed. i fought & thought to get the seatbelt off, holded breath tht long i gasped twice, ''Some1 genuinly SMACKED ME IN THE HEAD, SAYING ''COMPOSE YOURSELF''......IT WAS CLOSE......2 CLOSE.......1 DEAD........True story......RIP.....BRO.......
1. As soon as the hood touches the water be lowering your window already, if it's automatic you don't have long before the water messes it up so don't panic just lower the damn window
2. Take your seatbelt off ONLY AFTER you hit the water. If you do it while your still airborne you might get slammed into the wheel or front window and pass out or die on impact. Wait till you start sinking to take off the seatbelt.
3. If you window messes up use a glass breaker tool
4. If that fails try to use the headrests, however be aware that many headrests nowadays cant be removed.
5. If you don't have a glass breaker, and the headrest cant be removed. Your going to have to wait for the pressure to equalize. Stay calm take deep breaths. Your car will probably be 30-40 feet deep by the time it equalizes that means you will have to hold your breath in the water at least 30-45 seconds while swimming to get to the top most likely.
That is known as the "Mary Jo Kopechne Manuever".
Didn't work for her either.
There's an air bubble there so you can get extra breaths before the pressure equalizes.
2. older people too are not agile enough to follow most of this advice.
3. if you have crashed into a body of water, there's a 98% chance the air bags have triggered into your face and sides. these are likely to float around and fowl your escape. (it's a pity air bag manufacturers didn't make them as source of oxygen in a sinking car.
4. once a car is full of water inside, you cannot swing a hammer or any other object quickly enough to break the door window. a spring loaded punch will still work though. if you break the window, the glass will shatter and water behind it will push it back in on you and possibly cut your hand, arm, face. plus there will be bits of window still stuck to the door. you will likely cut yourself swimming out through the window...so try to open the door after breaking the window.
5. buy a car with a sun roof, hatch, or rear door that can be manually opened from inside. many luxury brands have these. these are usually the last bits to go under water. just be thin enough to wriggle to them and get through! you also need to open them before water starts to push against them, or they will be as impossible to open as the front doors. even sliding sun roofs, once they have a foot of water over them may be impossible to open due to water pressure pushing the sun roof downwards.
6. practise holding your breath in a swimming pool. many people overestimate how long they can. practise while relaxed and not moving, and panicking and pushing firmly against a pool ladder etc.