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How to Escape a Car Sinking in Deep Water -
Published: 8 years ago By: Howcast

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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.

Andrew Godfrey
'Andrew Godfrey' 2 days ago
But what if I can't swim?
The nyan Cat
'The nyan Cat' 2 days ago
My mom has a glass breaking tool
'Mimminy' 6 days ago
Pop seatbelt and get out?Cool, i never though of that
'hanshukebein' 2 weeks ago
Cool but there is major problem here i cant swim...
'Johnny's Girl' 3 weeks ago
I think having one of those window punches on a keychain would be a good thing to have.
# Spaz #
'# Spaz #' 4 weeks ago
Elika Ranger
'Elika Ranger' 1 month ago
im lovin it
'Platypuff' 1 month 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 month ago
the headpiece of the front seats are there to be taken off and used as a glass breaker
'MspMelonFreaks' 1 month ago
Well i hope this doesn't happen when Its night since Its going to be a hell to see.
'MspMelonFreaks' 1 month ago
I'm watching this while I'm inside a drowning car lol.
'RP SINGH' 2 months ago
and in water we can't open a window
'RP SINGH' 2 months ago
if we not have a tool to broke window
Margarita Eggler
'Margarita Eggler' 2 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' 2 months ago
The head resters of many cars are designed
Saige Elizabeth
'Saige Elizabeth' 2 months ago
is there something I don't get about sinking cars like can you just open the door
Amr Atef
'Amr Atef' 2 months ago
if u ran from death this time
he will get u at sometime 😑
seretha barnette
'seretha barnette' 2 months ago
What if you cant swim
'CR7NEYMAR' 2 months ago
why dont you just open the door and get out
'BwapsCuber' 3 months ago
Thx really helped! Watching this about to drown!
the toaster
'the toaster' 3 months ago
open the door as fast as you can
Oystergamer 8254
'Oystergamer 8254' 3 months ago
What if there's more people in the car?
Den Yuan
'Den Yuan' 4 months ago
You will also need a driving license.
GhostGamer 99
'GhostGamer 99' 4 months ago
I can't swim
Ducky quill
'Ducky quill' 4 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 !
fast fox
'fast fox' 4 months ago
but what if you don't know how to swim ?
'JEFFY' 4 months ago
Why can't you open the door?
T Robust
'T Robust' 6 months ago
I can't swim
Addison Baker
'Addison Baker' 6 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' 6 months ago
Swegy Monster TWD :3
'Swegy Monster TWD :3' 6 months ago
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' 7 months ago
But I can't swim
Aqua sparklez
'Aqua sparklez' 7 months ago
'Epointic' 7 months ago
Thx this helped on arma 3
Pleb King
'Pleb King' 7 months ago
More like...

Kacek 2332
'Kacek 2332' 7 months ago
You should just break the window with your fist just punch the corner
'Sidiiq' 7 months ago
watching was very uncomfortible
'Priceless23' 7 months 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' 7 months ago
Owlette Twins
'Owlette Twins' 7 months ago
Thanks for the safety tips incase that happens
Skylander Sam06
'Skylander Sam06' 7 months ago
what if you can't swim? like me
Alexander vom Dorp
'Alexander vom Dorp' 7 months 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' 8 months 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' 8 months ago
could i use sonic screwdriver to break the glass?
'HexaRex' 8 months ago
puppy67726 Gaming
'puppy67726 Gaming' 8 months ago
Car headrests can come completely out of the car seats and can be used to break the Windows
'Savage' 8 months ago
Do you think l'm going to have these materials in the car every time I go in? Wow
Aine Rose
'Aine Rose' 8 months 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 Rose
'Aine Rose' 8 months 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' 8 months ago
don't go for the windshield it's in breakable
how come it broke in a car accident I had
'BriaPrettyPup' 8 months ago
or Mario 64 it and swim out easily
Chau Pham
'Chau Pham' 8 months ago
Cus I'm only 7
Chau Pham
'Chau Pham' 8 months ago
But how am I gonna swim idk how to swim
'emsie76' 8 months 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' 9 months ago
What if you can't swim....
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' 9 months ago
Just look for ShepherdSurvives website. There is all you need to learn it :)
Nikeyonna Barrington
'Nikeyonna Barrington' 9 months ago
what if you can't open your eyes under water
'OmQCooky' 9 months ago
How to escape a car sinking in deep water
You will need:
Time to wait

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 AWESOME MEGA' 9 months ago
I live in West Virginia
J MAN 1225
'J MAN 1225' 9 months ago
I'll Ben I'm this sivhuatioj and servived
Matthew Cowan
'Matthew Cowan' 9 months 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' 10 months ago
I ain't Criss Angel Bih
Ian Jeremy Almoradie
'Ian Jeremy Almoradie' 10 months ago
I can't swim
MasterGoamate 2002
'MasterGoamate 2002' 10 months ago
why do you need row down your window to die
Synergy Skateboarding
'Synergy Skateboarding' 10 months ago
How to escape a sinking car:open the freaking door😂😂
Shardonae Lowery
'Shardonae Lowery' 10 months 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' 10 months ago
Wasn't Pogo the name of the male adult Dalmatian dog in "101 Dalmatians"?
'PERA tv' 10 months ago
A video said dont hit the center of the glass but the edge and that will be like 15 times easier
James G
'James G' 11 months ago
Just know I'm dead cause Ima panic anyway
'DesLove' 11 months ago
Too bad Elena's parents from the vampire diaries didn't see this
'RT' 11 months ago
Don't wait for the pressure to equalise. For this to happen, the vehicle must be stationary, at the bottom. In deep water this will take a long time and you probably won't hold your breath long enough.
Shwubble Wubble
'Shwubble Wubble' 11 months ago
Step 1: Don't drive into water                                                                                                        Did you know that you can drown in water>
Randy Wray
'Randy Wray' 11 months ago
self composure rule number 1 for everything in life lol
Jam TV
'Jam TV' 11 months ago
What this video won't tell you is that you will sink faster than the car if you're a fat person.
A Ibrahim
'A Ibrahim' 11 months ago
Heard a guy named Darren Mitchell passed away today from something like this so just had to get my knowledge up.
Alicia McLean
'Alicia McLean' 11 months ago
if you don't have a sharp object or heels, take the headrest off as its posts are tapered at the end and will be way easier, faster and less painful than using an elbow!
Brett Duffy
'Brett Duffy' 11 months ago
what if you can't swim
'Thebluefus' 12 months ago
Down voted because of the last thing said. Now I don't trust any of it
Laser Bean
'Laser Bean' 12 months ago
Laser Bean
'Laser Bean' 12 months ago
JaviPlayz YT
'JaviPlayz YT' 1 year ago
What if there's sharks
Dave Brown
'Dave Brown' 1 year ago
You should change this graphic and message. You can't break it at the center of the window.....only at the edges.
Hannah Kiraly
'Hannah Kiraly' 1 year ago
good advice.
Justin Star
'Justin Star' 1 year ago
XI know how to swim to shore!!!
Sol Sloaney
'Sol Sloaney' 1 year ago
I was told to hit the edges of the car window and not the centre, it is less likely to break
Comment Debater
'Comment Debater' 1 year ago
Can't you open the door? Like I mean as soon as the car goes into the water
'awsomeguy001' 1 year ago
I'll always remember the acronym
Blake Johnson
'Blake Johnson' 1 year ago
I'm watching this while my car is filling up with water Fml
'fukwitgay' 1 year ago
rule 5 dun work i got mom to try it for me and she died
'Lichtblick' 1 year ago
wow, i learnd a lot, now i will not die anymore, thx
Edgy Wedgie
'Edgy Wedgie' 1 year ago
Watching this cuz I live in Houston
'Panicingpilots!' 1 year ago
What about escaping the horror of no fries?
Bryna Thorington
'Bryna Thorington' 1 year ago
What if there's is an infant in the car?
Georgi Popov
'Georgi Popov' 1 year ago
Side windows are tempered and can't be broke at the center ... you should aim at the corners
Juri Hosoya
'Juri Hosoya' 1 year ago
The Door is not going to open, until the car reaches the bottom...
Bannana Monkeybread
Thank you! This is my biggest fear. I have nightmares about this happening nearly every night. Knowing there is a way out will definitely help me. (Sometimes I realize I'm in a dream but I can't change the atmosphere because the fear is stronger than the will to change the dream or wake me up.) The possibility of that happening is one of the reasons I refused to get my drivers license and use walking as a way of transportation for everything under 3 miles.
iOS Helper
'iOS Helper' 1 year ago
What if u don't know how to swim ?
'Dr UP' 1 year ago
what happens i cant swim what we do😪😪😪😪😪😪
Fernando Vasquez
'Fernando Vasquez' 1 year ago
Top gear did a challenge on a sinking car, and they concluded that the car must reach the bottom of the lake or whatever to open the door underwater. you can't actually open it while its still sinking underwater
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