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Escaping a sinking car

Posted by:AutoMoney

Hopefully, escaping a sinking car is something that none of us will have to go through, but nevertheless, it is important to have some sort of understanding of what to do should the situation arise.

Although the figures surrounding people drowning in cars is relatively low, it still does happen.

For that very reason here are a few tips to read through and remember – and if you know someone that drives, perhaps send this link to them for them to read too.

To reduce the risk of getting stuck in water or water difficulties:

  • When parking your vehicle, make sure you stay a safe distance away from river banks, canals and harbours
  • Never leave children unattended in the car
  • Make sure that you manoeuvre slowly and carefully around the waters edge – take your time and keep the car moving slowly and steadily; do not over rev your engine
  • If you are parking your car, make sure the handbrake is fully engaged – for an additional precautionary step, keep the car in gear. If you are driving an automatic, leave it in park.

If you find yourself in a car that is filling up with water, you should:

  • Act as quick as you can – the water will rise rapidly, so don’t waste time - you need to get out
  • You might find that your car floats for a while, make sure you use this time to try and get out of the car before it starts to sink further
  • Quickly unclip your seat beat and that of your passengers / children
  • As the door will be difficult to open due to the pressure from the water outside the car, use the windows or sunroof for your escape
  • Help passengers and children to escape through the windows or sunroof after you have freed yourself.

Once you are out, call the emergency services for further assistance if further passengers are trapped, or call your recovery provider.

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