If you think your vehicle escape tool will help you quickly escape your car in an emergency such as fire or submersion, think again. A report by AAA indicates that these tools work on tempered glass, but they do not work on laminated glass. Do you know what type of glass your vehicle has? Do you know what you should do if your tool fails to break the glass? Read this article for safety tips.
The AAA report (read full report here) indicates:
In glass-breaking tests, four of the six tools were successful in breaking the tempered glass. Two of the tools, however, failed to break through the tempered glass (the type most commonly used for vehicle side windows). None of the tools were able to successfully break the laminated glass, which stayed structurally intact even after being cracked. The research indicates that it is nearly impossible to break through laminated windows without specialized equipment.
Know What Type of Glass Your Vehicle Has
To find out what type of glass your vehicle has, look for a window label. They are typically found in a lower corner. If your window has no label or if the label does not indicate the glass type, contact your vehicle manufacturer.
Have An Escape Plan Ready
If the driver and passengers already understand what to do before an emergency happens, precious seconds will not be wasted. Being prepared for a situation where passengers are trapped in a vehicle could very well make a difference between life and death. Here are some suggestions for your escape plan:
- Stay calm.
- If you have at least one window that is not laminated glass, have a standard escape tool in your vehicle at all times.
- Make sure your standard escape tool is simple, easy to use, and effective (follow manufacturer's instructions to test the tool).
- Unbuckle your seat belts. Keep a seat belt cutter in your vehicle, just in case.
- Roll down or break a window.
- Get out of the vehicle if possible, before you call 911. If you are unable to exit the vehicle, call 911 immediately.
- If you are able to escape, move to a safe place at a safe away from the vehicle.