Escaping a Submerged Vehicle

resqme™ emergency safety tool

Never drive through water! It only takes a few inches of water to sweep a vehicle off the road.

Always keep at least one resqme™ window breaker/seat belt cutter tool in your vehicle in an easy to reach location using a zip tie or on your keys if you have a keyed ignition. (order tools here) We recommend zip tying a tool within reach of each passenger seat so each passenger can get themselves out if needed.

Talk to your children and family members about exactly what to do if your vehicle ends up in a body of water and review the topic periodically. Remember, if your vehicle begins to submerge in water, you may have less than 60 seconds to escape before the water pressure becomes too great.

If your vehicle becomes submerged in water follow these steps in this order;

     1 – Seat belts: take off or cut off

     2 – Window: open or break bottom corner of window (see important note below on  different types of glass*)

     3 – Children: oldest to youngest – undo restraints & help them out through window

*Laminated glass will crack but remain together due to the plastic layer that is baked between the two pieces of glass. Tempered glass breaks into smaller pieces so you can get out of a vehicle. Most windshields of vehicles have laminated glass because in case there is a crash it helps keeps occupants in the vehicle making a crash much more survivable.  In general, most vehicles have tempered glass in side door windows especially in the rear doors.  But, some makes and models do have laminated glass in the front driver’s and passenger door windows, back windows and the roof.

Be prepared. Know what windows have tempered glass in your vehicle and mark them with a special sticker. In emergency situations, you may not be able to recall.

AAA’s list of vehicles that have laminated glass windows on doors.

Window-breaking tools do NOT work on laminated glass, they only work on tempered glass. Each window in your vehicle should have a sticker indicating what type of glass.