How to Break a Car Window

How to Break a Car Window

In an emergency situation, knowing how to quickly break a car window can be a lifesaver. Maybe you’re trapped inside and need to get out, or maybe you’re on the outside while a child or pet are stuck inside. Breaking that window is not as easy as you may think. The tempered glass used on the side windows of vehicles is pretty hard and difficult to shatter.

Learn our tips below so that should this information ever be needed, you can break the window with ease.

Spark Plug

OK, so the video above by Natural Geographic is a bit silly but it also has a good point. Why they used a ‘rubber’ mallet to try and break the glass is beyond me. Plus the guy using the rubber mallet is swinging it like he’s scared of being told off.

Now although you won’t just happen to have a spark plug in your pocket, the point of the video is that a very small piece of porcelain can actually break the glass very easily.

A cars side windows are made out of tempered glass, which is resistant to bigger, blunt-force hits. But the tip of a small piece of porcelain has a very hard point on it, which allows it to find a breaking point.

All you need to do is remove one of the spark plugs from the vehicle, smash it to reveal a sharp, fine-pointed porcelain edge that can then be thrown at the window.

Use a Special Tool

A small tool such as the RESQME can easily be added to your EDC for times like these. They are inexpensive yet a valuable lifesaver. And they couldn’t be any easier to use.

The resqme tool comes with a stainless spring-loaded steel spike to help break tempered glass to aid in getting out or in from a vehicle.

To use, you simply pull the tool from its blade guard clip, press the black head of the tool against the corner of your side window to release the spring-loaded spike that will shatter the window.

As an added bonus, the resqme tool also includes a seat belt cutter.

Use the Headrest

If you are inside the vehicle and need to get out, you can use one of the headrests. If you are needing to get into a vehicle, providing you have access to another vehicles headrest, this could also work from the outside.

You’ll have to remove the headrest to unveil the metal pegs and then use one of the pegs to push against the edge of a window until it shatters.

Well that’s it for now but if you have any other methods you would like to share other than the “throw a rock at it”, leave them in the comments section below.

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Craig Burr is the founder and editor of UK Survival Guides.He has a passion for emergency preparedness and survival that he wants to share with others through the use of articles and gear reviews.Stay safe!

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