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Re: How to escape from a sinking car
« Reply #1 on: February 16, 2009, 10:13:59 AM »
I have one of these on my visor...  $10...
http://www.amazon.com/ResQMe-Keychain-Version-Original-LifeHammer/dp/B000IE0EZO


Has a seatbelt cutter and a glass breaker.  Just push it against the glass and it triggers a mechanism to bust it out.

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Re: How to escape from a sinking car
« Reply #3 on: February 17, 2009, 01:59:10 AM »
I have one of these on my visor...  $10...
http://www.amazon.com/ResQMe-Keychain-Version-Original-LifeHammer/dp/B000IE0EZO


Has a seatbelt cutter and a glass breaker.  Just push it against the glass and it triggers a mechanism to bust it out.
They give us those at work. Neat trinket...

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Re: How to escape from a sinking car
« Reply #4 on: February 17, 2009, 08:04:29 AM »
Thanks.  That looks like a great item.

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Re: How to escape from a sinking car
« Reply #5 on: February 17, 2009, 08:55:18 AM »
I bought an automatic center punch at Harbor Freight for $3 for a similar purpose.

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Re: How to escape from a sinking car
« Reply #6 on: February 17, 2009, 01:00:55 PM »
Or...you could just roll the window down.  That's how they did it on Myth Busters. ;D

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Re: How to escape from a sinking car
« Reply #7 on: April 08, 2009, 06:53:31 PM »
I have one of these on my visor...  $10...
http://www.amazon.com/ResQMe-Keychain-Version-Original-LifeHammer/dp/B000IE0EZO


Has a seatbelt cutter and a glass breaker.  Just push it against the glass and it triggers a mechanism to bust it out.

Don't use that unless the water pressure has equalized.  The resultant impact of the water (with your window glass in it) could injure you or your fellow occupants.  The pieces of glass are likely to be small, but could still blind you or end up lodged in soft tissues (mouth, nose, use your imagination).

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Re: How to escape from a sinking car
« Reply #8 on: May 18, 2009, 11:41:36 PM »
I strongly recommend taking your seatbelt off asap if you're heading into deep water. Those seconds you spend fumbling with your belt can mean seconds under water -- with mounting water pressure. While I don't have first-hand experience, I once knew a lady who did end up inside a car, sinking into a deep lake, after having hit ice on the road. She said not having her seatbelt on saved her.

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Re: How to escape from a sinking car
« Reply #9 on: June 01, 2009, 10:00:16 PM »
I strongly recommend taking your seatbelt off asap if you're heading into deep water. Those seconds you spend fumbling with your belt can mean seconds under water -- with mounting water pressure. While I don't have first-hand experience, I once knew a lady who did end up inside a car, sinking into a deep lake, after having hit ice on the road. She said not having her seatbelt on saved her.

Good point Mark. Just wait until the initial impact with the water is over, no good being knocked out.

We used a HMMWV trainer about three years ago that flipped you upside down in the simulated drivers seat of a Humvee. Pitch black water, belted in, body armor, etc. It is disorienting to say the least. Even though you know it is coming, it makes your heartbeat a bit faster. A couple guys had to be assisted by the safety diver.

Also the seatbelt cutter/glass breaker displayed earlier works pretty good. Start by punching the glass about two inches from one of the corners and move towards the center about two inches. Usually by the 3rd time it shatters. Under water pressure it may shatter immediately, but I've seen it take twice too. Don't use it on a windshield, it doesn't work on laminated glass.

The seatbelt cutter is a necessary tool too. I've worked major accidents where the seatbelt did its job but was jammed from the impact and would not release the regular way. The belt cutter slices right trough it.

Attach the tool with 550 cord and a quick release know to your visor. That way it is within reach when you need it. Fishing around in your console or glovebox could be disastrous.

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Re: How to escape from a sinking car
« Reply #10 on: June 02, 2009, 11:43:46 AM »
Also the seatbelt cutter/glass breaker displayed earlier works pretty good. Start by punching the glass about two inches from one of the corners and move towards the center about two inches. Usually by the 3rd time it shatters. Under water pressure it may shatter immediately, but I've seen it take twice too. Don't use it on a windshield, it doesn't work on laminated glass.

The seatbelt cutter is a necessary tool too. I've worked major accidents where the seatbelt did its job but was jammed from the impact and would not release the regular way. The belt cutter slices right trough it.

Attach the tool with 550 cord and a quick release know to your visor. That way it is within reach when you need it. Fishing around in your console or glovebox could be disastrous.

Good points GoatDog! +1! I'd have tried to break the middle of the window.

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Re: How to escape from a sinking car
« Reply #11 on: June 05, 2009, 08:37:09 PM »
http://www.lifehammer.com/

This is the one they used on Mythbusters I think... at least the alternative, though it looks a lot more bulky and hard to get ahold of than the one you guys posted.

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Re: How to escape from a sinking car
« Reply #12 on: June 05, 2009, 08:41:24 PM »
http://www.lifehammer.com/

This is the one they used on Mythbusters I think... at least the alternative, though it looks a lot more bulky and hard to get ahold of than the one you guys posted.

We (other than myself, a league of distinguished gentlemen) actually tested the Lifehammer before we chose the other. Nothing wrong with the Lifehammer save its size. Kind of big and presents no additional capabilities.