From flooded roads to canals and waterways, we have seen time and time again that cars and water can become a dangerous combination, and quickly. So would you know what to do if you only had seconds to escape? It is a nightmare scenario many of us never even want to imagine. You are behind the wheel. Your car, stuck in floodwaters. The water is rising and time is running out. “That’s a decision you have to make, what’s safe?” said Mesa Fire Captain Matt Kobylinski. ”Is it safer to stay inside your vehicle or exit your vehicle?” Kobylinski and his colleagues respond to swift water rescues regularly. Most of the time, it’s because drivers ignored the mandate to “turn around, don’t drown.” “When people dare to cross the roadways, they’re really putting their lives at risk along with everybody else that may come to their attention,” said Kobylinski. However, in really dire situations first responders can only do so much. That is when self-rescue may be the best and fastest option. “I like the acronym ‘POGOS,’” said Kobylinski. ”Pop your seatbelt, open up your window, get out ...