Just about everyone knows that you should never text and drive, and that you should stop, drop, and roll if you catch on fire. But life can also throw situations at us for which we don’t have a quick, handy response.
1. Your brain can’t handle walking and using your phone at the same time — so look up.
Safety adviser Murali Krishnan points out that walking and using your phone both demand large amounts of cognitive effort.
As a result, you can’t fully focus on both at the same time in the same way you can with walking and gum-chewing, for instance. You’ll suffer “inattention blindness,” where you may see an object but not process that it’s a car speeding toward you.
2. If you get stuck in riptide, remain calm and swim parallel to shore. Swimming to the shore will just tire you out faster.
3. If your plane makes a water landing, resist the urge to inflate your lifejacket immediately.
User Alvin Yip warns against the impulse to inflate your life jacket immediately if a plane is making an emergency landing on water. The water that could rush into the cabin makes it harder to move if you’re more buoyant.
So swim to an exit, then inflate your jacket to stay afloat.
4. Most airplane crashes happen within the three minutes after take off or eight minutes before landing.
According to Sanket Shah, aviation safety abides by the +3/-8 rule, which encourages people to be vigilant immediately after take off and right before landing — 80% of crashes happen during those times. You can use those short periods of time to stay alert and locate exits rather than getting lost in a podcast or movie.