Guy Haskell a 30 year EMS veteran and executive director of EMS services in Bloomington Indiana says:– “Extreme situations always sound crazy – until you’re in one.”
Your car is in a large Body of Water and sinking. Cars do drive off bridges and get caught in flash floods.
A. Work before you sink – As a car sinks outside pressure against the windows and doors will only build. If you submerge it will be almost impossible to open the doors. Electric windows may not work because of a short-circuit. Try open a door or window before th car is completely covered.
Be prepared for the water that will enter your car. Move fast and get out of the car.
B. In a flash flood, use your car – Water in flash floods are generally fast-moving and may not be as deep as a lake so is not going to sink completely. If water slams you car enough that you start moving stay in the car. The car now becomes your boat and protects you from strong currents, mud and any debris that may harm you. In shallow current hopefully the car will bump against something and stop. That will give you a chance to climb out to the roof to escape or signal for help. Use a horn or swing a shirt or towel around to attract attention.
C. Be Prepared – Buy a car escape tool. A combined hammer and knife. One to smash the window and the other to cut the seat belt if it gets jammed. Make sure it is easily accessible like the seat pocket or glove box.
There is also a gadget for your ignition keys but with the rather tragic results with some vehicles because of having something heavy on your key chain it is probably not a good idea.
The address to buy this life saving instrument is below the picture