Resqme Escape Tool Review Jun 20, 2016 by Ian (Driver Weekly)
The Resqme™ is a unique safety and survival tool that can fit on a keychain. The handheld device contains a ready-to-use spring-loaded steel spike that can shatter car windows and a razor for cutting tangled seatbelts. Originally designed for first responders, firefighters, and police officers, the Resqme™ has already saved lives in dangerous situations. While you never want to have to use it, you might want to have one of these cheap escape mechanisms in your vehicle, especially if you have children in the car.
While there are more comprehensive survival kits or emergency tools on the market, the Resqme™ is simple, cheap, and portable. It’s just three inches long and under an ounce in weight. It was designed to be worn on a keychain, although you can also clip the device to your sun visor or hang it from the mirror or seatbacks on a lanyard. To use the device, pull the plastic body from the tight clip that fits over the razor, recessed into the plastic handle. This also protects your pockets and hands from the razor. The plastic is tough without being brittle, and light enough to keep on hand. Naturally, you can use the blade to cut or remove damaged seatbelts. Next, the black top of the device contains a steel spike. Pushing the top of the device into a window (the device requires just 12 pounds of force) will release the spike, cracking or shattering the glass. You can use the spike multiple times until the window breaks. You can also use the device to break a window from the outside, and help someone else escape from a crashed vehicle. Made in the United States, by all accounts the Resqme™ is tough and durable and won’t let you down when you need it. If you need more, consider investing in a full-sized rescue or emergency kit for your car.
Tips and Tricks
You might ask why you need a survival tool when you can just roll down the windows. However, electric car windows can stop working after a crash or if your car is underwater. Toughened car windows are difficult to break, especially using a blunt object like your feet. But a sharp point will shatter the safety glass into small cubes, allowing you to exit a vehicle faster. Don’t forget to use the steel spike on the bottom corners of a car window for maximum effectiveness—a few seconds can save your life, especially if your car is sinking. However, it’s important to note that this device is designed to break side and back windows. Windshields are typically made from laminated glass, and while they might crack, they won’t shatter. Neither will plate glass in a building in the case of a fire or other accident. Although it is rare, some cars have laminated windows, so make sure this tool is right for you.
Whether in your car or your pocket, the Resqme™ just might save your life or help you save someone else. Hopefully, you’ll never have to use the dusty device dangling from your mirror. But for just $9.95, why take the chance? We recommend this cheap and effective tool for every family.