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    How to safely break a car window from within in case of an emergency


    Having an accident on the road and getting trapped in your car is an exceptionally traumatic experience. If the car is in water or on fire, it also exposes you to the risk of sustaining potentially fatal injuries. Knowing how to quickly and safely break a car window from within in case of an emergency could, therefore, save your life.

    How to safely break a car window from within in case of an emergency

    Made from tempered safety glass, car windows do not break easily. Hitting them with a blunt object is unlikely to have any effect. So how do you quickly and safely break a car window from within in case of an emergency? Well, the answer is quite simple:

    • Remove your headrest from the back of your seat
    • Push one of the headrest attachment pegs between the window and the seal (where the window retracts)
    • Jam it down as far as you can get it (a few inches will do)
    • Facing away from the window, pull the headrest hard towards you

    Flexing the glass laterally, this will cause the window to shatter, crumble and fall away from the door. This video shows quite clearly how this works.

    Alternative option

    If you happen to have a screwdriver in your car, jamming the blade of the screwdriver into the gap between the window and its seal and then pulling on the handle will have the same effect.

    Hurt in a car crash

    Even when you know how to safely break a car window from within in case of an emergency, the risk of sustaining injuries in a car accident serious enough to trap you is significant.

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    In addition to the pain and suffering an injury by vehicle accident is likely to cause you, you may also end up having to take time off work. What’s more, you could also need expensive physiotherapy and/or counselling for the psychological effect your traffic accident had on you.

    Claiming for compensation

    If your motoring accident was caused by another road user, claiming for compensation could help you with the financial consequences of your driver or passenger injuries.

    Accident Advice Helpline

    Get confidential, obligation-free passenger or driver injury advice by calling our freephone helpline today. To speak to an advisor, call 0800 689 0500 from your UK landline telephone. If you are using a mobile phone to make the call, the number you should dial is 0333 500 0993.

    Date Published: May 6, 2017

    Author: Accident Advice

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