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How to escape a sinking vehicle
Imagine that, when you are reverse parking, you accidentally slip off the quay and fall in the canal? Do you know how to escape a sinking vehicle?
Read about it below.
Put the lights on. Putting the lights on will help you to better orient yourself and the vehicle is more easily visible to emergency services. Also, always leave your keys in the ignition.
Grab the safety hammer. Have you ever wondered what you should do with the safety hammer? To start with, make sure the hammer is always within reach so you don’t have to look for it when you need it. The hammer can make the difference between life and death.
Unclick your seat belt. Is your vehicle upside down in the water? Then you can’t release the seat belt because you are ‘hanging’ on the seat belt. Push your feet against the dashboard and press yourself against the seat. Push with one hand against the roof and use your other hand to release the seat belt. Use the safety hammer if you can’t get the seat belt unfastened. You can use the knife in the handle of the hammer to cut the seat belt.
Open the side window, or break it. First see if you can open the window. If this doesn’t work, don’t hesitate to break the window with the safety hammer or a heavy object.
Can’t get the window open? Don't panic! Take a deep breath of air and wait quietly until the vehicle has sunk almost entirely to the bottom. As soon as the pressure inside and outside the vehicle is the same, you will be able to open the door.
Get out of the vehicle! Swim on your back to get out of the vehicle, with your face to the vehicle. Then you can push the vehicle away from you if it tilts. Only when you have some distance is it safe to turn around and swim to the shore.
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