Over 300 Americans die each year from drowning inside a sinking car (think flash floods or getting pushed off the road into a body of water). For decades, experts recommended just to let the car sink and then open the doors and swim away to safety. But the experts showcased in this Good Morning America segment say that’s a death wish. God forbid you’re ever caught in this situation, you should follow these steps:
- STEP 1: Unbuckle your seat belt
- STEP 2: Roll down your window
- STEP 3: Unbuckle any children in the car and grab a hold of them
- STEP 4: Flop out of the open window into the water outside
The experts say that because you only have about one minute before the car fills up with water, you shouldn’t waste time touching your cell phone to call someone.
They also highly recommend that you keep a window-breaking hammer handy to break your windows in case they can’t be opened. I just bought this two-pack GOOACC Seatbelt Cutter Window Breaker Emergency Escape Tool on Amazon for under $5 so my wife and I can keep it in the glovebox. As an added bonus it has a built in seatbelt cutter. Hopefully we’ll never have to use it for either function, but it’s comforting to know it’s there.