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Best Car Escape Tool 2018 – Buyer’s Guide And ReviewsLast Updated April 1, 2019
Best Car Escape Tool Of 2018 For Window Breaking
However, after giving you the TOP list, I will also give you some of the benefits you stand to gains for using it. Like choosing clothes or cosmetics, choosing car escape tool should be based on your purpose, favorite style, and financial condition.
Now, let’s get to the gist of the matter: which are the best car escape tool for the money? Here are my top picks with detailed reviews, comparison charts and buying guides to help you purchase the perfect item for your needs.
Test Results and Ratings
№1 – Value 2 Pack – Emergency Escape Tool Auto Car Window Glass Hammer Breaker and Seat Belt Cutter Escape 2-in-1 Tool by BlueSkyBos – Best Life Safety Car Escape Tool
Why did this car escape tool win the first place?
I don’t know anything about other models from this brand, but I am fully satisfied with this product. The product is very strong. Its material is stable and doesn’t crack. I am very happy with the purchase. It is definitely worth its money. The product is top-notch! The rear part fits perfectly! It is mounted really tight and reliable.
№2 – Car Safety Hammer Set of 2 – Compact Loaded Car Escape Tool For Window Breaking
Why did this car escape tool come in second place?
Seems that the material is good. It has a very beautiful color but I don’t really like the texture. Managers explained me all the details about the product range, price, and delivery. I like this product. For such a low price, I didn’t even hope it to be any better. It’s decently made. This is a pretty decent product that perfectly fitted the interior of our office.
№3 – Metal Car Safety Hammer with Hard Alloy Head Window Breaker Seat Belt Cutter Aluminium Alloy Emergecy Escape Tool – Rescue Car Escape Tool + Seat Belt Cutter
Why did this car escape tool take third place?
This price is appropriate since the product is very well built. I liked the design. We’ve been using it for 2 months and it still looks like brand new. It is inconvenient to use due to the size. I am going to get something different next time. The material is incredibly nice to the touch. It has a great color, which will suit any wallpapers.
Car Escape Tool Buyer’s Guide
Many preppers have a well-stocked vehicle, including a get-home bag, in case of emergencies, but in some situations, your vehicle can become the emergency situation from which you need to survive.
Here at The Bug Out Bag Guide, we always have an eye out for preparedness and were inspired to write this article after a friend of ours told us how she always carries a seatbelt cutter in her EDC, right on her keychain. Her reasoning for this was that she wanted it accessible and on-hand at all times.
Her daily commute takes her over several bodies of water and, as part of her daily threat assessment, she identified a car accident involving water as a likely threat she needed to be prepared for. In case she ever needs to quickly free herself, reaching the ignition is a much surer bet than reaching something in the glove box; therefore, she keeps the perfect tool she’ll need in case of submersion right at her fingertips.
In case she ever needs to quickly free herself, reaching the ignition is a much surer bet than reaching something in the glove box; therefore, she keeps the perfect tool she’ll need in case of submersion right at her fingertips.
Assessing Your Commute
Much like our friend who inspired this article, you need to thoroughly consider all the possible threats you could encounter on your commute, such as flooding, steep cliffs, bridges, runaway truck zones, fallen rock zones, or stretches of wilderness or desolation. Taking a close look at a topographical map of the area you drive on a regular basis is a great way to get an idea of the possible emergency situations you may find yourself in.
Water can be a major threat and you should always be aware of waterways and areas that may become flooded during or following intense rainfall. Another thing to be aware of is that low bridges over small rivers and creeks are typically not designed to withstand substantial flooding, and if such bridges are on your commute, it is always prudent to map out alternate emergency routes.
If your commute includes large bridges, these pose less of a concern for flooding, but do anticipate bottleneck traffic in times of emergency. Hopefully, any accidents on a larger bridge will be contained to the bridge itself due to safety rails, but it is always wise to be prepared for water-related accidents.
Hopefully, any accidents on a larger bridge will be contained to the bridge itself due to safety rails, but it is always wise to be prepared for water-related accidents.
A bridge during rush hour can also delay the arrival of emergency personnel.
How To Use A Car Escape Tool
There are specific tools designed to assist in automobile emergencies. They work by providing a means to breach restraints and windows so you can quickly evacuate your car. Remember, do not store your car escape tool in your glove compartment. If your car rolls and your seatbelt locks up it will be difficult, if not impossible to reach.
Remember, do not store your car escape tool in your glove compartment. If your car rolls and your seatbelt locks up it will be difficult, if not impossible, to reach.
Instead, put it in a latched center console or mount it under the driver seat, to the driver side door, to the visor, or somewhere else that can easily be reached no matter what position the car is in after a crash.
Hold the belt taut and pull the car escape tool away from your body.
Typically, the blade on a seatbelt cutter is recessed for safety and housed in a hook that guides the belt to the blade. There may be a protective cap as an additional precaution against cuts. There are seatbelt cutters with folding serrated blades, much like a pocket knife.
An episode of the popular TV series Mythbusters featured a vehicle submersion test, proving that when submerged, the pressure inside a car is too strong to open any of the doors until the vehicle is completely filled with water, which equalizes the pressure on the inside and outside.
Your best bet in this situation is to break a window and exit through it. This is where having a car escape tool, with an integrated glassbreaker, can truly be a lifesaver.
The LifeHammer Original is a manual glassbreaker that you swing like a hammer. The long handle provides good leverage.
Manual glassbreakers often come as an added feature on pocket knives or tactical pens, requiring brute force to create break glass. With a manual glassbreaker, you will want to hold the tool in your fist with the point toward your pinky and aim for the corner of the glass with a quick, hard, backhand jab in order to impact the window without going through it.
Spring-assisted glassbreakers pack their own punch and activate when pressed up against the glass. With no more force than is needed to press the tool up against the glass, a small metal tip strikes out and forcibly breaks the glass. This is an especially valuable feature when time is of the essence.
The ResQMe operates by pressing the end into the glass, which triggers a spring-loaded pin that strikes the window and shatters it.
We actually tested it out and what we found was that it took a few tries but luckily the pin rests instantly. On the third try, we were able to shatter a ¼” TruLite tempered glass. The reason it probably didn’t work on the first attempt was because we were holding a freestanding piece of glass and probably didn’t apply enough pressure to properly deploy the blade. In a real life situation, the glass would be framed and stable, making it easier to apply full pressure from within a vehicle.
Our Auto Emergency Tool takes emergency preparedness to a way more convenient level. It features a dual-mode flashlight with strobe and 2000X zoom, plus a flashing red emergency beacon. It also has a seatbelt cutter and windshield hammer to cover a wider range of auto emergencies. And if your emergency doesn’t involve your car, it has a standard multi-tool as well, with multiple screwdrivers, a knife, scissors, and bottle/can opener. So keep one in your glove compartment, another one in your utility drawer at home, and you’ll always be ready for the unexpected.
Ford has five four-cylinder powertrain options available: a base 2.5-liter, a turbocharged EcoBoost 1.5-liter, turbocharged EcoBoost 2.0-liter, hybrid and plug-in hybrid. All but the base 2.5-liter powertrain were available to drive. There’s a Fusion Sport model with a twin turbo EcoBoost 2.7-liter Vengine arriving later this summer, but that wasn’t available to drive, unfortunately.
Front-wheel drive (FWD) is standard, but all-wheel drive is available with the 2.0-liter.
Starting with the Fusion Hybrid and Energi (plug-in hybrid), the powertrain receives enhancements that refine the transition between electric and gasoline motors. Overall, it’s a smooth powertrain that should satisfy eco-friendly drivers.
I attempted to mash the gas pedal from a stop but found the throttle laggy. However, once the car was rolling, the athletic driving dynamics kicked in and it was enjoyable to drive – just don’t expect surges of power.
The 1.5-liter, turbocharged mid-level motor was my favorite engine. Power is unchanged from the outgoing model but it gains automatic start/stop technology like the Escape.
I’m usually not a fan of start/stop technology, but the Fusion smoothly shuts off the engine and starts it back up again with minimal noise or vibration. It was seamless and not something I’d notice if I was driving along with the stereo cranked up.
It may seem like a small motor, but the little 1.5-liter packs a punch with its 18horsepower (hp) and 18pound-feet (lb.-ft.) of torque. The car zips around town without breaking a sweat. It’s very eager on the highway too, which makes passing other cars a breeze.
Stepping up to the 2.0-liter bumps power to 240 hp and 27lb.-ft. of torque, but the car I drove had the optional AWD system, which adds more weight. There’s no denying the 2.0-liter turbo motor provides extra grunt, but I don’t think it’s worth the extra cost and a mpg (FWD and AWD) fuel economy penalty.
The little 1.5-liter motor strikes the right balance of low-end torque for zippy city driving and enough power to put a smile on my face. Don’t get me wrong, the 2.0-liter was fun to drive, it just didn’t provide a major leap to justify the cost, unless you want AWD, ACC or AEB.
You do feel the weight, but there’s minimal body roll and it’s something I’m willing to overlook for the available powertrain, technology and amenities.
Assisting others with the Resqme
This tool of course can also save the lives of others. If you happen to be first on scene at a road crash, you can use this tool to gain entry to the vehicle through the windows and assist the trapped occupants and then use the seatbelt cutter to cut through any jammed seatbelts. Obviously this little tool can never replace professionaly trained rescue crews and a full road crash rescue (RCR) set as the vehicle may be so severely damaged and the occupant(s) severely trapped or critically injured requiring the need for rapid intervention or heavy rescue equipment (aka Jaws of Life) to perform roof/side/pillar cuts or a dash roll.
Another thing this tool is handy for is in the event of a vehicle lockout. After all other nondestructive methods have been exhausted and in extreme circumstances, you can use this tool to gain entry to your vehicle via a window then unlock your car. Of course, you will have to clean up the shards of glass and purchase a new window later.
First of all thanks for reading my article to the end! I hope you find my reviews listed here useful and that it allows you to make a proper comparison of what is best to fit your needs and budget. Don’t be afraid to try more than one product if your first pick doesn’t do the trick.
Most important, have fun and choose your car escape tool wisely! Good luck!
So, TOP3 of car escape tool
- №1 — Value 2 Pack – Emergency Escape Tool Auto Car Window Glass Hammer Breaker and Seat Belt Cutter Escape 2-in-1 Tool by BlueSkyBos
- №2 — Car Safety Hammer Set of 2
- №3 — Metal Car Safety Hammer with Hard Alloy Head Window Breaker Seat Belt Cutter Aluminium Alloy Emergecy Escape Tool