How to Escape a Car Sinking in Deep Water

<p><span>It can happen in an instant: Your car ends up in the water, and it&rsquo;s sinking fast. Here&rsquo;s how to get out.</span><br /><br /><span>Step 1: Calm down</span><br /><span>Stem panic by reminding yourself that your car will usually float for a minute or two before it begins to sink. Use this time to unfasten your seat belt, open the driver-side window or a sunroof, and unlock the doors.&nbsp;</span><br /><br /><span>Tip</span><br /><span>As long as you keep your keys in the ignition, the electrical system likely will work until the car is submerged enough for the system to short out.&nbsp;</span><br /><br /><span>Step 2: Break the window</span><br /><span>If you were unable to open your side window, break it with your elbow, heels, or -- better still -- anything pointy you have on hand, like a pen or screwdriver. Aim for the center of the window. Don&rsquo;t bother with the windshield; it's made to be unbreakable.&nbsp;</span><br /><br /><span>Tip</span><br /><span>Hardware stores sell tools specifically designed to break car windows in an emergency.&nbsp;</span><br /><br /><span>Step 3: Undress</span><br /><span>If the car is sinking slowly, take off your shoes. If you&rsquo;re wearing jeans and you have time, remove those as well. Both weigh you down, making swimming to the surface more difficult.&nbsp;</span><br /><br /><span>Step 4: Get out</span><br /><span>Climb out the window before the car becomes submerged, and swim to the surface.&nbsp;</span><br /><br /><span>Tip</span><br /><span>Memorize the acronym POGO: Pop seat belt, Open the window, and Get Out.&nbsp;</span><br /><br /><span>Step 5: Wait until car fills</span><br /><span>If you were unable to get out through the window, don&rsquo;t panic! Let the car fill with water, knowing that once it does, the water pressure inside and out will be equalized, allowing you to open the door and escape.&nbsp;</span><br /><br /><span>Tip</span><br /><span>Hang on to the door handle as the car fills with water so you don&rsquo;t float and become disoriented if the car flips.</span><br /><br /><span>Step 6: Open the door</span><br /><span>When the water reaches your chin, take a deep breath and hold it. Then open the door and swim out headfirst. If you&rsquo;re not sure which way is up, look for bubbles and swim in the direction in which they&rsquo;re rising.&nbsp;</span><br /><br /><span>Did You Know?</span><br /><span>Magician Criss Angel escaped from the locked trunk of a car submerged in a lake as one of his stunts.</span></p>