How to Cut a Seat Belt for a Quick Escape From Your Car

Posted by Artem Martynyuk on

No one can ever be truly prepared to face any accident. However, with the proper knowledge and presence of mind, you can better survive any kind of emergency that gets in the way. One of the most common car accidents you might encounter is a stuck seat belt.

Indeed, seat belts were made to protect the passengers. However, there are moments when you need to free yourself out of the vehicle. When that time comes, here is what you need to keep in mind.

How Do You Cut Your Seat Belt During an Emergency?

Tools You Can Use

  • Penknife: This is the most common method of cutting a seat belt. A pocket knife can cut a seat belt if it is able to release the locking mechanism of the belt. The main advantage of using a penknife is that it can be easily stored in almost any car.
  • Fixed blades: Fixed blades are one of the most effective tools to release a seat belt. Whenever you need to cut your seat belt, always reach for a fixed blade knife, as it is better than a folding blade knife. One of the advantages of a fixed blade knife is that it has a straight blade which provides a better cutting angle.
  • Pliers: Pliers are also a common tool to cut a seat belt. Pliers can also be used to cut a seat belt by merely gripping the metal lock as it releases the tension. The only downside of this method is that this tool may be unavailable in most people’s cars.
  • Seat Belt Cutter: It is a tool that is specifically used to cut safety belts. It was originally made for firefighters and police officers. Fortunately, seat belt cutters are now available in almost all stores that sell car accessories and safety gear.

Will Swiss Army Knives Work?

Swiss Army knife is a multi-tool made to help you fix all kinds of problems. It might seem like an excellent choice for cutting a seat belt, but this tool is ineffective in cutting seat belts. The main disadvantage of using a Swiss army knife is that it is a folding blade knife, making it less efficient in a pinch.

Steps to Safely Cut a Seat Belt

In case of emergency, you need to do anything to get yourself out of danger. That is why you need to learn how to cut your seat belt quickly.

  • Step 1: Get your seat belt cutter ready.
  • Step 2: Use your other hand to pull the shoulder strap from the opposite side.
  • Step 3: Use your seat belt cutter to cut the belt in the middle of the lock and the strap. Do not try to cut the strap right on the lock since it may cause the belt to retract and cause serious injuries to you.
  • Step 4: Use your other hand to pull the belt away from your body.
  • Step 5: Release the seat belt once you have reached a safe place.
  • Step 6: Get out of the vehicle and assess your injuries.

  • Conclusion

    Being stranded in a car after an accident is very dangerous. It can be one terrifying experience in your life. If you don’t know how to cut your seat belt, you might be trapped in the car for hours until help arrives. Do not let it happen to you. Always have a way to cut your seat belt ready in your bag or car. This way, you can always be prepared in case of an emergency.

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