Want to ask a question? Click here

How does one escape from a sinking car?

Mike Voorheis

Image from the wikiHow.com article: http://www.wikihow.com/Escape-from-a-Sinking-Car. Used in conformance with wikiHow’s guidelines: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.5/

Q. Given our proximity to water, and recent reports of drowning in vehicles that drive into water, how does one escape from a sinking car?

A. To get complete, comprehensive instructions, we highly recommend this wikiHow article: www.wikihow.com/Escape-from-a-Sinking-Car.

Its advice:

1. Remove your seatbelt.

2. Help children

3. Put down a window, or break one if you can’t put it down.

4. Exit the car through the window and swim rapidly toward the surface.

The article does state that you shouldn’t try to open the door. It’ll be impossible until the pressure inside the car equals the pressure outside the car (meaning your car will be full of water). By then, it’s probably too late.

The article goes into much more detail, including why some people believe you shouldn’t remove your seatbelt immediately, how to break the windows and tips for orienting yourself.


Wasn’t there an elderly couple who drove into the Cape Fear River years ago and drowned?

What is the Elwell Ferry?

User-contributed question by:

Got a comment about this post or know more about the answer? Click here to let us know!

Bookmark and Share

Ask a question

Ask a question

If you’re looking for answers about living in coastal North Carolina, you’ve come to the right place. If we don’t have the answer to your question, we’ll find out or try to find someone who does. Hey, that’s our job! So, ask your question below and we’ll do our best to find the answer. Once we do, we’ll post it in an appropriate category.

Can we use your name to credit you by name (no e-mail or other contact information) with this question when we post an answer?
Your question:

Post a comment

Talk to us!

Have a comment about this post or know more about the answer? Use this form to let us know. Note that all comments are moderated and must be approved before they are posted, although you may see your own comments the first time you post them.

Your comment: