If you get stuck in a car in rising water, what can you do to give yourself the best chance of escaping safely without injury? It’s a nightmare scenario and a lot of people’s worst nightmare. Getting stuck in a car in rising water can be extremely stressful, not to mention expensive.
I’m stuck in a car in rising water, what should I do?
The first step is, naturally, to avoid getting into such a situation in the first place. If weather and flood warnings are in place, avoid driving unless it’s absolutely necessary.
If you do have to go out in the car, take extra care to avoid accidents on the road. To minimise the risk of getting stuck in a car in rising water, you may need to change your usual driving routes. Under no circumstances should you be crossing fords or areas of road susceptible to flooding.
However, sometimes road accidents are unavoidable. You can be the victim of a road accident that wasn’t your fault. You can also simply just be unlucky. Either way, if you find yourself stuck in a car in rising water, here’s what you need to do.
- Stay calm. This is easier said than done given the circumstances. However, panicked minds make rushed, poor decisions. The last thing you need to do is make the situation worse through mistakes.
- Get out. Rising water runs the risk of sweeping your car away. Most cars, in fact, can be swept along by as little as two feet of water. No matter how much you value your car, you value your life more.
- Open the windows. It may sound counter-intuitive, but windows often represent the best escape route. If the water is low enough, you can climb out fairly easily. You can also open windows to let water in. This will level the pressure on either side of the door so you can open it.
Of course, if you are reunited with your car later on, you need to get it thoroughly inspected for damage.
Claiming injury compensation
Remember, if you or your car are damaged in an accident on the road that wasn’t your fault, you may be due injury compensation.
A quick call to our expert advisors at Accident Advice Helpline can set you on your way. You can reach us by dialling 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from mobiles.
Date Published: March 13, 2017
Author: Accident Advice