For some time, I’ve kept a window breaker / seatbelt cutter in my car in case of emergency. I don’t plan on using it, but I was a Boy Scout, and I try to be prepared.
For decades, the prevailing wisdom was that if your car is sinking, you have to wait until it’s submerged for the pressure to equalize before you can open the door to escape.
Mythbusters demonstrated this:
I can’t hold my breath that long and you probably can’t either.
Good thing there’s a better approach.
How To Escape A Sinking Car
The real key to surviving a flooding car is to get the window open and get out before the car submerges. This requires quick thinking and some preparedness.
Having the right tools on hand can be critical, especially if you have power windows. Also, don’t forget to shield your eyes.
Knowing how to swim competently can save your life in quite a few scenarios.
Avoidance is Best
Finally, if you see pooling water of unknown depth, consider not driving through it. It’s probably not worth killing yourself and your passengers or wrecking the car.
Not all escapes are recreational or fun.