Which state has the highest number of vehicle-related drownings in the country? Yup, Florida. Do you know why though? Yes, correct, because all of the obscurity and oddity within the U.S., regardless of any categorical designation, occurs in the state of Florida.
Are our numbers up here because we’re all driving around one gigantic sub-sea-level swamp? Over the past few years, automobile manufacturers have been installing thick glass for the side windows – glass reminiscent of the windshield. Newer models are now essentially wrapped in laminated safety glass, which sounds great! According to The Enhanced Protective Glass Automotive Association (a real thing), the benefits of this laminated safety glass include protection from UV rays, reduced noise, and more security. The disadvantages include being trapped and buried alive in a watery tomb, as the laminated safety glass proves to be nearly unbreakable.
The new glass is much thicker than the formerly utilized “temperate glass”, which was very easy to break with your trusty “Emergency Hammer”, which you keep in the glove box. No? You get in a car accident, you find yourself trapped… you don’t have an emergency hammer? Or, you don’t have a glove box?
In a logical, calculated effort to reduce “occupant ejection” and death… the new safety glass is being installed in a much broader basis. Yes, the new glass creates a challenge for the rare underwater rescue effort, but if Florida drivers would stay between the lines, than the advantages would outweigh the concerns. If a majority of Florida’s roadways weren’t bordered with water hazards, then safety advocates would be praising the new side window glass trend.
Do you know what’s great for breaking temperate glass? Your standard issue emergency hammer. Do you know what’s ideal for breaking laminated glass? No? Yeah, we don’t either…
There apparently is no “safety tool” on the market right now that will aid in your escape of a submerged automobile with laminated safety glass windows.