Have you ever found yourself submerged in water and needing to get out of your car? How about trapped in an automobile ablaze and your seatbelt won't release? Unlikely scenarios, sure, but it is a good idea to be prepared in the event that something terrible actually happens. 

I am not one to fret over possible situations and go build a doomsday shelter, but after finding the resqme Keychain Car Escape Tool, I have taken comfort in knowing that I can get out of my car if I am stuck. The resqme tool serves as both a window-breaker and a seatbelt cutter, and attaches to keychains easily. About the size of a modern key fob, the tool doesn't add much bulk to a keychain. Even if it did, it would be smart to leave it in a cupholder or in the center console storage area for quick access in the event of an emergency.

On one end is a spring loaded head, designed to smash windows using only twelve pounds of force. Simply push the breaker end into the glass of the window until the pressure releases. It is not hard to do, and can easily be performed by small children and the elderly.

On the other end, a sharp, metal blade is encased in the tool's plastic, making it safe to have anywhere. In order to access the cutter, the tool must be pulled off of its keychain and a seatbelt can be slid into the opening. With a little bit of effort, seatbelts and windows can easily be cut and trapped motorists freed. 

Thankfully, I have not been given the need to use the resqme tool, but I am confident that it will work when the time comes. After testing the window-breaker on junk glass, I was impressed with how easily it cracks and undermines the integrity of the window, allowing for an easy break of the glass. When others notice my keychain, they are often curious as to what the resqme tool is and how it works. Too many people are unaware of such a simple tool that could potentially save lives in the event of an emergency. Get yours today, it is a cheap buy compared to the cost of a life.

resqme The Original Keychain Car Escape Tool, Made in USA (Black)
Amazon Price: $9.95 $9.14 Buy Now
(price as of Oct 31, 2013)