This Is How You Can Escape a Flooded Vehicle

A car may be the last place you want to be during a flood.
Loukia Papadopoulos

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Contrary to popular belief your vehicle is not a safe haven during a flood. In fact, in the United States, almost 60% of all flood-related fatalities occur inside cars.

This is because it only takes one foot (30 cm) of floodwater to wash your car away into a larger body of water where you and your car can easily drown. If this sounds like a scary situation to be in, it's because it is.

But there are things you can do to survive it. For starters, if your automobile is still operational, you should get it to higher ground quickly. However, once your car has begun to flood, you must abandon it.

If you haven't managed to abandon it and you notice your car sinking fast underwater, you have about one minute to respond. This is where the S.W.O. protocol comes in handy: Seatbelts off, Window open (or broken), Out.

How effective is this S.W.O. protocol? What other measures can you take if your car is sinking fast? What can you do if your car is completely submerged? Are there any tools you can carry in your car to help with such emergencies? This video answers all these questions and more.

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