• Leon Pantenburg | Survival Common Sense


How to escape from a sinking vehicle

Water under one foot in depth can sweep a car off the road.
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Never under estimate the power of  flowing water, particularly after a heavy rainfall.

I’ve been watching the weather channel recently, and noticed a lot of flash flooding in the aftermath of heavy rains and severe storms. If there isn’t enough to worry about in those areas, you also need to be concerned about drowning – in your car.

About 400 people die every year in the U.S. from drowning in their vehicles, according to the National Highway and Transportation Administration. This frequently happens after the car is swept off a road by rising water.

The best bet and rule of thumb, the highway and transportation people claim, is to turn around when you see water running over the road. A vehicle can be swept off a road with less than 12 inches of  water, depending on the size and clearance of the vehicle and velocity of the stream.

But suppose, despite your best efforts, you find yourself in a vehicle that is about to sink in deep water?

Here is one way from “The Art of Manliness” to escape from a sinking car.

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