Would you know what to do if your truck suddenly crashed into a body of water? If you're like most people, the answer is no. And if you do, there's a good chance you might panic and forget everything you know.
It's important that you take some time to learn the steps for safely escaping from a submerged truck, even if you already know what to do. Knowing what to do, and reviewing that information periodically, could save your life. Why is this important? Because if you ever find yourself in a situation where your truck is sinking into a body of water, it will help you stay calm and make it easier for you to react instinctively, without wasting time having to think about what you need to do.
The Five Steps You Need to Know For Safely Escaping A Submerged Truck
1. Don't dial 911 until you've already gotten out of the car. Taking the time to dial 911 will waste precious time you need to use to escape.
2. Unbuckle your seatbelt.
3. Roll down your windows immediately. Don't try to open the door. The pressure from the water won't allow it to open. Additionally, if you open the door, the water will rush in causing your truck to sink more quickly.
If you have a truck with power windows, you may not be able to open the windows due to electronic failure. In this case, you'll need to break the window. It's imperative that you purchase a tool that can easily break the window. There won't be any time to waste; therefore, you should keep that tool on your keychain or within reach at all times. Time is of the essence because you won't be able to break the window once the car is underwater.
4. Teach your family that everyone should escape through their own window. Small children will have a more difficult time due to the force of the rushing water so you may have to shove them out. And if you have small children, it's best to carry them in your arms.
5. If you weren't able to get the windows rolled down or if you were unable to break them, you'll have a short amount of time to escape once the truck is fully submerged. After the truck fills with water, the pressure inside the truck will be equalized and you may be able to open the door. However, waiting until it gets to that point will mean you'll have to hold your breath for a long period of time before you can escape the truck and surface the water. Therefore, you should do your best to get out of your truck before it sinks.
The Take Away
Knowledge and forethought are the key to survival if your truck ever crashes into a body of water. Take some time to learn the steps for escaping safely before an actual event occurs.
It's best if you periodically review these survival steps in your mind, and with your family, so you're ready if that day ever comes. Make time to purchase the tools you'll need to break the window and cut the seat belts if necessary. Emergency preparedness isn't just for hurricane and tornado events. Being prepared for any type of emergency could save your life and the lives of your family as well.
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