Q&A - Escaping From a Submerged Vehicle
When younger, I learned how to drive on a standard and crank-by-hand windows. Flash ahead forty years, automation has taken over the vehicles. Purchased a newer vehicle in 2008 to travel around. It had all the buttons. Some buttons I did not feel comfortable for safety reasons such as the automatic locks and windows. As soon as the car travels it automatically locks the car which I immediately unlock in case I need to exit in a hurry. When travelling by a lake or gushing river I would push the button for the window to be down in case of an unfortunate accident.
I have heard so many people drowning in their vehicles lately, I am wondering if crank-by-hand window would have given them a fighting chance? Does the push button of window when vehicle immersed in water not operate to open the window? When the doors are locked, how does one get out when vehicle stops running? Are my instincts right about these safety issues? Should we be making vehicles with less automation for safety reasons?