What to do when car to water?

xeonerus 05-02-2018 Auto
A big fear for many a motorist, it is water hit his vehicle. Unfortunately, due to all the water-rich Netherlands, this is still common. Suppose you hit the water with your vehicle, then you just know how to act? It is hit one of the greatest fears of each motorist, with a car to water. Unfortunately, it still happens regularly, annually affect approximately 700 to 800 cars ?? s water. In this situation it is important to have available the appropriate life-saving equipment and knowledge in your vehicle.
There existed in the past several theories about how to safely handle during a car to water situation. One theory was that the water lost motorist in the vehicle must remain as long as the water pressure inside the vehicle was the same size as the water pressure outside car. Or to do, wait until the vehicle is completely filled with water. There are really only two golden rules:
  • Try to stay calm and not to panic.
  • Bring you and any passengers as soon as possible to safety.

When a vehicle hits the water it will float only a short time, after which it will fill with water. Because the air is driven away by the water will begin sinking the vehicle. In a car can not be assumed that from these long enough air remains in the car. Do not wait until the car is filled up with water! Electric windows and doors will through the water no longer function properly, because the risk of short circuit. Lighting will in most cases even still continue to operate under water for some time. When the water hit switch it on, it creates more visibility for you and provides better visibility of the vehicle when rescuers.

Roadmap during car to water

1. Releasing the belt
Be sure to create your seat belt or cutting it with a seat belt cutter which is for example, in an emergency hammer.
2. Side window smash
Then turn the side window of your car completely destroyed. Side windows are preferred because they, in contrast to the front and the rear window to be the easiest to break. In addition to the side windows can also be used as starting skylights any route. Then enter the safety hammer through to passengers who himself also to safety.
3. Exiting Vehicle
Leave the vehicle created by the escape route. This is done with your face towards the roof of the vehicle. Make sure you carefully leave the vehicle because there are still sharp glass fragments could be in the door and turn off because an unstable underlying vehicle tilt control.
When you transport children in the car, it is advisable to first cut the straps of your fellow passengers loose and then only store in the side window. As the vehicles in the beginning float, children, child seats or possibly not swimming fellow passengers are put on the roof of the vehicle. Here they can be helped by you when leaving the vehicle with the face towards the roof.


As previously discussed, the presence of a hammer safety is of great importance in a vehicle. A safety hammer is composed of a seat belt cutter, raamtikker and sometimes a lamp. A safety hammer with a bright color is preferred so that it is easier to find under water. It is recommended to confirm the safety hammer within reach in a fixed place. That means if you are entitled to sit tight with your back against the car seat, the safety hammer at hand should have. If you often travel with other passengers, it is advisable to fix several safety hammers inside the vehicle.
Besides fixed safety hammers there are also small security tools on the market. The "ResQMe" is one example. This key has the same functionalities as a safety hammer, but in a compact and practical design.