Originally posted by JessicaS
Yeah, they showed that on Mythbusters... It worked... just... i guess i'm not sure how to get the kids out and keep track of them (if i had them in
the car that is) while swimming to the shore?
You'd have to take them out of the car seat of course.
How do I keep them from drowning?
Swim very very fast.
You could probably cover one kids mouth and presumably you aren't going to have two kids that can't cover their mouths so one can hold on you your
You could also cut your seat belt at two ends and tie it as an emergency rope. That'd take time clearly, but I'd think (And I wouldn't necessarily
bet my life on this) that there's enough air in the car to do this quickly.
Les Stroude, who does a show called Survivorman, did a special and showed that there's something like 25 feet of rope if you tie your belts together,
this was to have a life line to get back to your car if its stuck in a flood with a strong current. Might seem odd to do anything other than run out
of the car, but they allways say, the best survival skill is to think.
Babies do have a 'swim reflex', they can be birthed directly into a pool of water, and reflexively know to keep their mouth closed and not suck
water in through their nostrils, and will do a doggy paddle to the surface and keep their heads above water.
BUT that instinct doesn't go into effect shortly after birth.
As far as windshields, in the US, car glass is created such that when it breaks, it breaks into small rounded facets, not shards with edges, this is
safety glass, so its not going to kill ya. If the windshield breaks from the weight of the water, all the better, now you don' thave to break it
ON the show with Les Stroude, he too said that if you need to break open the window, you unhook your rearview mirror from teh windshield, then
carefully break the mirror to get rid of the glass on it (this can also be used to cut any belts btw), and then you can use the rearview's casing as
a sort of hammer to smash in any windows (looking away of course, and hopefully wrapping your hand in something incase there are any shards in the
[edit on 1-2-2007 by Nygdan]