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Another in the How To series [Sep. 9th, 2006|11:21 am]
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How to Escape from a Sinking Car


1. As soon as you hit the water, open your window. This is your best chance of escape, because opening the door will be very difficult given the outside water pressure. (To be safe, you should drive with the windows and doors slightly open whenever you are near water or driving on ice.) Opening the window allows water to come in and equalize the pressure. Once the water pressure inside and outside the car is equal, you’ll be able to open the door.

2. If your power windows won’t work or you cannot roll your windows down all the way, attempt to break the glass with your foot, shoulder, or a heavy object such as an antitheft steering wheel lock.

3. Get out. Do not worry about leaving anything behind unless it is another person. Vehicles with engines in front will sink at a steep angle. If the water is fifteen feet or deeper, the vehicle may end up on its roof, upside down. For this reason, you must get out as soon as possible, while the car is still afloat. Depending on the vehicle, floating time will range from a few seconds to a few minutes. The more airtight the car, the longer it floats. Air in the car will be quickly forced out through the trunk and cab. An air bubble is unlikely to remain once the car hits bottom. Get out as early as possible.

4. If you are unable to open the window or break it, you have one final option. Remain calm and do not panic. Wait until the car begins filling with water. When the water reaches your head, take a deep breath and hold it. Now the pressure should be equalized inside and outside, and you should be able to open the door and swim to the surface.

And some youtubey goodness.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ynSF4WwHZP4

What an awesome doggy!!!!!! I wanna hug her!
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[User Picture]From: hellakaty
2006-09-09 04:17 pm (UTC)
always a good thing to know :)
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2006-09-09 04:19 pm (UTC)
I figured it was important information. ;)
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From: armedpacifist
2006-09-09 04:24 pm (UTC)

What an adoreable dog, I didn't think a dog (or a cat for that matter) was able to support it's own weight just on their hind legs, I guess I was wrong.

Now my cat has no excuse.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2006-09-12 10:32 pm (UTC)
lol, train the kitty!
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From: skittish_derby
2006-09-09 05:45 pm (UTC)
i saw that a few years ago in econ, (we didn't learn econ), and my teacher was a guard dog trainer and said that the dog wouldn't be able to live for very long because dogs were not made to walk like that...

:shrug:

and if i am ever NEAR ice or a large lake, i will remember that. (wait a minute, i live in san diego... what ice?)

<3
me
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2006-09-12 11:04 pm (UTC)
Not too much ice there.


--- And wow. Well, he looks happy.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2006-09-12 11:11 pm (UTC)
Good to know!
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[User Picture]From: duckfast
2006-09-09 07:23 pm (UTC)
that last one i did not know. thats a good idea
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2006-09-13 02:20 am (UTC)
:)
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[User Picture]From: reenie72
2006-09-09 07:30 pm (UTC)
That could be a very useful thing to know. I'll be sure to remember it. Not that I'm planning to drive full-speed off the wharf, but you never know.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2006-09-13 02:33 am (UTC)
;)
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[User Picture]From: poop_on_a_stick
2006-09-09 09:01 pm (UTC)
That's good to know!!!


I'm really paranoid about my car going under water, and i'm not sure why (maybe 'cause i'm horribly afraid of drowning?), so i was pretty interested in that.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2006-09-13 02:46 am (UTC)
Glad to provide you with pertinent information, my dear.;)
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[User Picture]From: parazel
2006-09-09 10:08 pm (UTC)
Also, if the water is deep, you won't want to hold your breath the whole time that you swim up. The pressure in your lungs will change.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2006-09-13 02:48 am (UTC)
A very good addendum!
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[User Picture]From: marguerlucy
2006-09-09 11:03 pm (UTC)
I learned that on Dateline like ten years ago, as a terrified twelve year old. "THANK GOD I DONT LIVE IN FLORIDA" (for real, that was the example they gave, these random bodies of water in FL that old people drive into a lot)

that dateline also gave advice on getting out of a plane... but i can't remember any of it, so thank god the attendants review ;)
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2006-09-17 02:08 pm (UTC)
lol! ;)
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[User Picture]From: xenaamazon
2006-09-10 06:38 pm (UTC)

Thank you, lol.

Thank you for that, lol. We were flooded in last week because of Ernesto.

Awwww!!! Cute little doggy :)
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2006-09-19 01:57 pm (UTC)

Re: Thank you, lol.

Is the flooding damage better now?
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[User Picture]From: xenaamazon
2006-09-19 04:18 pm (UTC)

Re: Thank you, lol.

Yeah, its getting better. Our front lawn was flooded terribly.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2006-09-21 04:11 am (UTC)

Re: Thank you, lol.

Anything ruined?
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[User Picture]From: xenaamazon
2006-09-21 03:37 pm (UTC)

Re: Thank you, lol.

Just some grass, thats about it.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2006-09-21 11:11 pm (UTC)

Re: Thank you, lol.

no biggie.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2006-09-19 01:58 pm (UTC)
Me too! I had to share. :)
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