I decided to re-post this story from February after reading about all the people who died over the weekend in Tennessee while trapped in their cars. This tool could save your life if you’re in the same situation, but the most critical thing to keep you alive during a flood is to remember not to drive through moving water. Read more flood-safety tips here from our Getting Started section.
In the upcoming cover story for the April issue of Popular Mechanics I write about several every-day guys who managed to beat death and survive despite some incredibly harrowing circumstances. I can’t get into specifics until the issue hits the newstands in a couple of weeks, but one of the stories involves a large “multi-vehicle accident.” It got me thinking about being prepared for something like that so I picked up a little gadget that I hope I never have to use. It’s called a ResQme keychain rescue tool. I got mine up at Amazon for $17.99. I’ll have to go to a junkyard to actually practice with it, but on one side it’s a sort of spring-loaded car-window breaker (note to self: don’t let kids break TV set with keychain) and on the other is a seat-belt slicer.
So, let’s say that you drive off the road into the sea (stranger things have happened), just slice your belt off, puncture the window and float to the surface. Easier said than done. See how it works by watching the video at ResQme.com. Houdini also makes a similar tool which comes with a whistle and led light.