What to Do If Caught in a Flood in Your Car


the devastation left behind by Hurricane
Harvey in Texas in Louisiana won’t soon be forgotten and the catastrophic
flooding caused by the historic storm brings to the fore some important safety
practices motorists need to remember in the event you find yourself trapped in
your car by rising waters in the flash flood here are the do’s and don’ts for
drivers caught in the deluge do stay calm
this may seem easier said than done but you’ll need your wits about you turn on
your headlights and hazard lights to make it easier for emergency personnel
to see you unbuckle your seat belt unlock your doors take off your jacket
and outer clothing lower your windows slowly most electric windows should work
unless the car is completely submerged in water if the windows won’t open
you’ll have to use a door but you won’t be able to open a door until the water
pressure is equalized between the outside and inside of the car this means
you’ll have to wait for the water to enter the car and fill up to about your
neck level this sounds terrifying but it’s the only way the doors will open
once free swim to safety and call 911 don’t panic waste energy trying to open
the doors as water pressure will keep them from budging wait for the pressure
to equalize try to save your possessions break windows to get out unless as a
last resort if pressure is not equalized glass will explode inward toward you
stay with your car once you’ve escaped get to high ground return to your car if
you think water is going down what our levels could rise without warning just
have it towed later remember it’s easy to misjudge the depth of water
especially at night it takes just six inches of water to reach the bottom of
most passenger vehicles causing a loss of control even a foot of water is
enough to carry away many vehicles and two feet is enough to sweep away a
pickup or SUV and you along with it you

4 thoughts on “What to Do If Caught in a Flood in Your Car

  1. Early model VW Bugs could float.
    I owned one and was in a flood twice with it.
    To the other extreme they were very good in snow.
    And they were the fastest car off the line in the sixties.
    Well for about 10 feet that is

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