When I was about 16, my friends and I all got this wild idea that we would go out to a junkyard and use these little plastic “emergency hammers” to bust the windows out of some old, broken-down cars.
Why? I don’t think I’ll ever fully be able to fully answer that question; we were just a bunch of silly kids looking to have a cheap laugh.
We learned very quickly that these hammers are not all they are cracked up to be and that a car’s windows are a lot tougher than your ordinary window.
Emergency hammers are mainly intended to be used when there is opposing pressure on the opposite side of the glass — for example, if the car ran off the road and became submerged in water.
Years later, these hammers are still a major component in most vehicles emergency kits, right next to the can of Fix-A-Flat and jumper cables.
Contrary to popular belief, a window isn’t going to shatter at the smallest touch of one of these hammers. In fact, without pressure on the opposite side, you would have better luck with a brick. Also, think about how much elbow room you need to get a good swing at the window, and then think about just how much room you have in the driver’s seat.
The more I think about it, the worse these tools seem to be.
Last week, I ran across a neat little bobble called the Resqme Car Escape Tool. After some research and purchasing one of my own, I definitely think these are worth looking into.
- Spring-loaded head effortlessly smashes the vehicle’s side windows with only 12 pounds of force.
- Razor-sharp blade slices through jammed seat belts and is safely surrounded by the plastic casing.
- The included clip detaches from the body, allowing the user to quickly access the blade, and doubles as a device to hang ResQMe from a keychain or other accessible area.
- Weighs in at just more than .5 ounces and is small enough to be carried just about anywhere.
Bottom line: At less than $10, this thing is literally a lifesaver worth having. It only takes 12 pounds’ of force to activate the spring-loaded spike; so if you can hold a small bowling ball, you can use this tool.
The razor-sharp blade slices through a seat belt like butter, as long as you follow the instructions. Make sure you cut at a 45 degree angle from the top to the bottom.
This will shatter a window regardless of whether your car is submerged. And you don’t have to worry about getting a good swing to break the window. If you can reach the glass, you can break it.
As a tip, if you ever have to use this, put the spike in a lower corner of the window to reduce the possibility of an explosive shatter.
The Resqme Car Escape Tool should replace any old emergency hammer that you already have.
Check out this short video of the tool in action:
What do you think?