Each year more than 10,000 people are involved in water immersion accidents. Over 300 of them die a terrifying death trapped in their car. Thousands more loose their lives in dry land accidents when their seat belts jam, doors and windows are stuck, smoke and flames fill the car and they have no way out.
Most people don't know that car windows are extremely difficult to break. They are made to withstand high impacts during a car accident. But that same protection can turn your car into a death trap.
An Inexpensive Auto Escape Tool Could Save Your Life!
There are a few high quality auto escape devises available to both consumers and professionals that can easily break a tempered glass car window and cut a jammed seat belt. Some of these ingenious tools are so small they can fit on your key chain. And they only cost about $10.00. That's cheap life insurance!
One car emergency tool that can fit on your key chain is a spring-loaded punch that is also equipped with a safety blade to cut seat belts. Some high quality key chain automotive escape device available on-line include the ResQMe and the Houdini.
So how does it shatter a tempered glass car window so effectively? The body of the tool houses a spring loaded window punch. When you press the bottom cylinder against a corner of your side or rear car window it loads the spring and then releases it slamming the hardened steel tip of the punch against the glass.
Here's How To Test A Key Chain Emergency Car Escape Punch
Here is a simple way to test a key chain escape punch without leaving the comfort of your home and... without breaking a car window. Place the bottom cylinder (located at the bottom of the tool) on an old magazine, book or pad of paper. Then press down on it until you hear a "click". The click is the sound of the punch releasing.
Now look at the surface of the magazine, book or pad that you just used for your test. It should have a small impression in it as if someone tapped it with a nail. A good quality key chain car escape device will instantly reset itself so it is immediately ready to be used again. If you press a key chain auto escape tool against a side or rear car window in this manner it will shatter it.
A word of caution: Do not test a car escape emergency tool against a hard surface like metal or stone as this can dull the tip and render it useless in an emergency.
Where To Use Your Auto Escape Tool
If an emergency ever does arise you should use an car escape tool or punch close to a corner of a side or rear window. The corner is more rigid and the window will break more easily in this area. If the window doesn't break on the first attempt, a second try will usually do the trick.
Never attempt to break a front car windshield. A windshield is made of laminated glass and it requires a professional extrication tool to break it.
How To Cut A Seat Belt With Your Auto Escape Tool
But what if your seat belt becomes jammed due to the impact of a crash? Or the car is upside down and your body pressure prevents the buckle from releasing.
Almost all auto escape tools now incorporate a razor sharp blade that is safely guarded to protect you from personal injury. Most key chain auto escape tools have a clip that covers the blade. Simply pull the protective clip or cover off to expose the blade.
Once the clip is removed (which takes a fraction of a second) slip the blade guard over your seat belt and pull. It will cut through in just a few "pulls". Even with the clip removed there is little danger of cutting yourself because most good quality auto escape tools have a blade that is well guarded leaving just enough room for a seat belt.
"Peace of Mind" InsuranceKeeping a auto escape tool on your key chain, in your purse or attached to your sun visor is very inexpensive insurance against a catastrophe