Escaping the Trunk of a Car
Warning: Do not lock yourself in the trunk of a car
intentionally. If you want to practice this technique, it must be
safe. First study the trunk and trunk release mechanisms before
getting in. You must get your parents' permission and have them
closely supervise you as you attempt your escape. Make sure they
have two keys to the trunk. Decide on a time at which they will
open the trunk if you are unsuccessful. Oh yeah, make sure your
parents can be trusted to let you out and not play a cruel life
threatening joke on you!
Preventing the situation
First of all do not let someone put you in the trunk of a car. One
rule you should always remember is...
- Never let a stranger take you to an isolated place.
If you are threatened you must act, and do whatever
it takes to avoid being taken somewhere by your assailant. If you
are conscious, you should never get in the trunk of a car. If a
stranger threatens you, use your self defense technique to escape,
before you wind up in the trunk.
The only reason you should wind up in the trunk, is
if you have been rendered unconscious. If you do find yourself in
the trunk of a car, here's what you must do...
- Do not panic.Breath
normally. No trunk is air tight,
so you are very unlikely to suffocate. Panic will only
cause you to hyperventilate, which in turn could cause you to
- Proceed quickly and calmly.
The sooner you open the trunk, the more likely you will be able
to attract help in a public area, before the driver takes you
to an isolated area. Also If it's hot, the temperature could
rise to dangerous levels if you don't open the trunk.
- Remove the panels covering the tail lights
in order to shed some light on the interior of the trunk.
- Pull the cable to the
trunk release latch. If the car has a trunk release latch
near the driver's seat, there should be a cable leading to
the trunk that you can pull to open the trunk. Look
for it underneath the carpet or behind a panel of sheet metal.
- Look for an emergency tool kit,
in the well where the spare tire is or in some side compartment.
- Use a crow bar or screw driver to open the
- Signal passers by.
you can't open the door, try cracking the door open so you
can hang something out of it to signal passers by.
your feet or tools to knock out the lights, in order to signal
passers by. A hand reaching out from
a taillight is much more startling than a piece of cloth or paper.
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