8 Escape And Survival Hacks That Can Help You In Critical Situations
Unfortunately, the world isn’t all butterflies, flowers, and good people. Although we tend to think a lot of scary situations only happen in movies, they can happen to you. Here are eight escape and survival hacks that could make all the difference in a life-or-death situation.
1. Zip Ties/Duct Tape
If someone ever holds you against your will by means of zip ties or duct tape, you can free yourself by slightly turning your wrists, raising your arms up above your head, and forcefully slamming them down. Click here to see a video about this escape tactic.
Handcuffs are another abduction tool that everyone should know how to escape from. This video will show you multiple different ways you can escape from handcuffs.
3. Trunk Of A Car
Essentially every newer make and model of vehicle has a tab located in the trunk that you can pull to open the trunk from the inside. However, older cars don’t generally have this. That’s when kicking out a headlight to signal for help is necessary. You can also try to escape through the back seat. Click here to find out more about these tactics.
Although getting trapped in quicksand is extremely rare, it can happen. If you do get stuck in quicksand, the first thing to remember is not to panic. You should try to wiggle your legs to create a water pocket to loosen the sand around your legs. Then, try to lie back. Use your arms to propel yourself backwards. You can click here to learn more about this method.
5. Bear Attack
Different bears have different strengths and respond to different threats. When faced with a grizzly bear, never run. Stand your ground, slowly drop to the ground in a fetal position with your hands over the back of your neck, and play dead. When faced with a black bear, stand your ground and make a ton of noise. Never climb a tree, and be prepared to fight back using anything you can. Click here to find out more.
6. Crocodile Or Alligator Attack
If a crocodile or alligator starts charging you on land, run as fast as you can. Be sure to run away from the direction of water, and don’t heed to the common misconception that you should run in a zig-zag pattern. Run in a straight line, and run fast. Click here to learn more.
7. Sinking Car
If your car becomes submerged in water, you need to act fast. Don’t wait for the car to sink and the pressure to equalize! You need to stay calm, concentrate, and act quickly. Roll down or break a window immediately, and unbuckle everyone from the vehicle. It’s smart to always have a small tool in your vehicle to break a window if necessary. If you don’t have one, use a ton of force and aim for the corner of the window, where the glass is weakest. Put children out through the window first, then follow them up to the surface. Click here to learn more about surviving a sinking car.
If you’re trapped in a burning house that’s thick with smoke, try to get down and crawl if you can. This will lessen the likelihood of smoke inhalation. If you have a scarf, bandana, or other piece of clothing, use it as a smoke mask covering your nose and mouth. Look and feel for the nearest exit. Click here to learn more about escaping smoke and fire.