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We are living a period of uncertainty with a lot of rapid changes and restrictions in effect to ensure our health and our safety. While these are by no means fun times, the best we can do is to wait it out and it is in our power to make the best of it and stay productive and positive. Instead of thinking about what we are potentially missing, let’s think about what we have the opportunity to do. Maybe now would be a good time to work on that project you have been putting off for so long? Did you always want to learn new skills? Take advantage of being at home and dedicate a few hours per day for such tasks. Here are 5 things to do while in confinement:

Work

As most companies are putting safety first, a lot of people now have to work remotely.  This will take a good chunk of your day, at least during the week, preventing you from boredom and keeping you in touch with reality and forcing you to have a schedule. Also, working from home can have its advantages: no commute and potentially sleeping in a few extra minutes. Take this opportunity to enjoy being around family and the vibe of your own house. What about listening to that playing that you are the only one to like at the office? No grumpy coworkers will tell you that they can’t stand it. Finally, without in person meeting and distracting phone call, now is the time to work on some projects that were put in the back burner! Be flexible and stay positive!

Read

Nowadays, screens are everywhere. It is common for the average individual to spend more than eight hours a day in front of their computer and you have to add to that the time spent on phones. Needless to say, our eyes could use a little downtime from screens, given we have enough discipline to do it. How about taking advantage of this period of uncertainty to change your habits and pick up a good book? Rediscover the joy of reading paper and flip through pages instead of scrolling down a screen. It doesn’t matter if it is a comic book, a bestseller on how to become super successful, or a romantic novel, pick what you like and your mind will thank you.

Exercise at home

Most gyms are closed. Bummer! Yes it sucks but here is another chance to be creative and to diversify your workouts. Choose a body weight routine and do it in your living room or garden! Pick up your bike again and rediscover the joy of exercising in nature. Go for a run around the block if possible. Do online yoga classes and improve your mental health and your body! Check out your local gym website because some facilities offer free online classes. While being forced to stay at home a lot more, make sure to take care of your body to release the accumulated stress caused by current events. It will thank you for it and you will find yourself more at peace and able to better cope.

Time to clean/sort

If working at home, you may see from your improvised work station an ignored closet or junk drawer that is about to burst open. Maybe taking a few minutes to clean and sort what is inside doesn’t sound like such a bad idea. What about repairing this chair that almost killed your guest the other day because it is missing a leg? Or that shelve that cannot support more than 2 books? Now is the time to finally take care of the things you have been putting off for so long. When this period of restricted discretionary movement ends, you’ll be able to come out having it totally together! Also, by keeping your mind occupied with little tasks like that, you get things done and worry less.

Learn something new

Bars, restaurants, theaters, and concert venues are closing temporarily. Gathering with friends is getting difficult so entertainment options are now limited. However, you can turn this around to your advantage! Did you always want to learn a new language? Learn how to make croissant or pick up the electric guitar and become a mad axe-man? Get started right away and within a few weeks, you’ll be astonished with the progress you’ve made. Practice self-discipline, be confident that you can do it and more than capable. Think about the coming summer days when you’ll be able to proudly exhibit your new talents! You rule!

While awaiting for things to go back to normal, stay safe and healthy everyone!

Top 5 New Drivers Tips

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You just got your driver license, congratulations! Now, you have the freedom to go anywhere without asking your parents or friends for a lift. Independence and autonomy come with the ability to go from places to places by yourself, but it also comes with rules and responsibilities! Here are our top 5 tips for new drivers:

  1. Don’t drive impaired

The most important rule. The one that could change your life forever.  NEVER drive if you have consumed alcohol or drugs, no matter what kind of substance it is. Don’t give up to peer pressure that tells you: “it is not a long drive” or that “it was only a few drinks” and recognize the signs and environment that may lead up to such poor judgement. Think about the terrible consequences and practice the zero tolerance/zero drink approach when it comes to driving. Every day, almost 30 people in the United States die in drunk-driving crashes — that’s one person every 50 minutes (1).

  1. Check your speed

As a new driver, it is tempting to hit the gas to experience the road fever. Put your Formula 1 driver career aspirations aside and drive responsibly. Respect the road signs and speed limitation and you will find yourself at your destination safe and sound. Also, it is better to arrive in one piece 5 minutes later than not to arrive at all.

  1. Don’t take on too many passengers

Cars are designed to take on a certain number of passengers. Here again, resist peer pressure and only take on as many passengers as your car allows. Remember that in case of collision, the consequences could be dramatic, especially if there are not enough seat belts to ensure everyone’s safety. If something goes wrong, it is always the driver’s responsibility that will be engaged.

  1. Seat belt please

Buckle up, my friends! Seat belt use in passenger vehicles saved an estimated 14,955 lives in 2017 (2). Buckling up is the single most effective thing you can do to protect yourself in a crash and should be your first reflex when entering your vehicle. It takes only a second and then you can drive with peace of mind. A terrifying 47 percent of passenger vehicle occupants killed in 2017 were not wearing seat belts (3) so always put safety first.

  1. No cell phones

Pay attention to the road!  It can actually take you up to 27 seconds to regain full attention after using your phone or car’s voice-command system, according to a study done at the University of Utah.(4) Keep a few things in mind:

  • Nearly 390,000 injuries occur each year from accidents caused by texting while driving.
  • 1 out of every 4 car accidents in the United States is caused by texting and driving.
  • Texting while driving is 6x more likely to cause an accident than driving drunk.

So, this text can wait.

 

Sources:

(1) & (2) https://www.nhtsa.gov/risky-driving/drunk-driving

(3) https://www.nhtsa.gov/risky-driving/seat-belts

(4) https://unews.utah.edu/up-to-27-seconds-of-inattention-after-talking-to-your-car-or-smart-phone/

How to use the resqme®?

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The resqme® is a great car escape tool but sometimes people get confused on how to use it. Now presenting the ultimate, most comprehensive and up to date guide on how to use our beloved lifesaving seatbelt cutter and window breaker keychain!

Where is the resqme® made and with what material?

The resqme® car escape tool is proudly made in the USA, in California to be precise! Its body is made of ABS plastic and its sharp blade in stainless steel. We are always looking to reduce our carbon footprint and be environmentally friendly which is why we are exploring new options when it comes to our packaging and the tool design itself.

Primary component and purpose?

The resqme® is designed to be a reliable, efficient and possibly lifesaving tool in emergencies such as car entrapment in or out of the water. It includes a sharp blade to be used to cut a jammed seatbelt and an inner spring-loaded mechanism triggering a spike to break a car window. This mechanism is designed to reload after each use (hopefully, you will never have to use it, not even once). The resqme® can also be used to break a window to save a distressed child or a pet that might have been left in a car on a hot day. Be aware, it only works on TEMPERED glass not laminated!


Where to place it?

There are a variety of places where you can put resqme® but keep in mind it must be securely attached, easily accessible and always within hand reach. Most people use it has a keychain so they can just grab it from the ignition if needed. If you have a keyless ignition system, make sure to place an extra resqme® on the door or on the window handle if possible. It is also very common to hang it to the rearview mirror (be aware it may be one of the first thing to go in case of a crash though) or even head rest so passengers of the vehicle can have access to it as well. For extra safety, you can also keep one in the glove compartment or on the sun visor!

How to cut a seatbelt with the resqme®?

In case of emergency, pull the resqme out of its clip to uncover the blade. Hold the tool between the index and the thumb fingers, with the black head facing upwards and cut the seatbelt diagonally. The blade is designed to cut a jammed seatbelt in a single swipe and can be reused multiple times.


How to break a window with the resqme®?

First, you want to make sure that your vehicle is equipped with tempered glass window as opposed to laminated (to see what type of glass your car is equipped with, check the manufacturer stamp on the window). To properly use the resqme®, hold it between the thumb and the index fingers, press the head of the tool (black cylindric part), firmly against one of the bottom corners of the window, the spike will release, and the window will shatter. Also, be aware that the resqme® will only work on side windows and not on a front windshield. You can test the tool by the head against a notepad, and you will hear a “click”. It signifies the reset of the inner mechanism and verifies the tool works fine. You can also test it on a small piece of glass in a plastic bag as demonstrated in the video below!

 

The resqme is available in 6 trendy colors and in various combos. Stay safe out there and drive with peace of mind! Where do you put your resqme®?

 

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There is no way around it, a long commute can be draining. If you drive for a job or if you drive to your office for more than a certain amount of time, you know how difficult it can be to do it in the safest manner possible. Therefore, it is important to set up little tricks that can help you stay more focused on the road and prevent accidents linked to drowsiness. Here are five tips to prevent fatigue during long commutes.

  1. Listen to a podcast/eBook/music

To avoid monotony and/or put your brain at work, a nice way to distract yourself while driving on the road is to listen to a podcast, an eBook and of course to some music. With the variety of topics that are nowadays offered by podcast apps, knowledge is at the tip of your finger. Maybe you need to perfect your foreign languages skills? And what about this interesting podcast on how to manage a successful career with parenthood? It is also always fun to listen to your favorite tune and rocking out to the sound of a classic album. Finally, the eBook format allows you to get a healthy amount of lecture without keeping your eyes off the road!

  1. Be organized to avoid additional fatigue

Prepare in advance and make sure you don’t run around trying to get everything ready for the trip the day you are hitting the road. It will prevent stressing out about things that should not be that stressful like packing or figuring out your itinerary. Try to do as much as possible before the actual day when you must be at the wheel for countless hours and you will find the drive a lot more peaceful.

  1. Wear an anti-drowsy driver earpiece to prevent you from falling asleep at the wheel

Of course, we don’t say that because we created the alertme® drowsy driver device ? but carrying an earpiece alarm is a comfortable and efficient way to enhance safe driving.  The 90-dB alarm will ring as soon as your head nods, a characteristic sign of drowsiness. Now you are fully prepared!

  1. Take a break when needed

Sure, you may have a schedule to follow but it is better to arrive late and safe than not at all. Sometimes, a quick 10 to 15 minutes nap is more than enough to let your nervous system and your body reset. Now you’re ready to hit the road again, all in safety!

  1. Do hand free phone calls

Hearing a familiar voice can be very comforting and help you pass the time, without being distracted in a dangerous manner. Check in on a friend or on family and put all this available time on your hands to good use, instead of just getting frustrated at the long commute. See? You are already there and up did not see time pass!

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This past summer, 43 kids died of vehicular heatstroke1, the same as in 2017 (the number in 2018 was 58, the deadliest year ever) according to kidsandcars.org. This issue is becoming a growing concern and prevention efforts are increasing, advocates are getting vocal about pushing Congress to pass the Hot Car Act.  In addition, auto manufacturers are becoming increasingly aware that, they too could contribute to make vehicles safer during the warmest months of the year.

Here is a list of car technologies and devices that will help prevent more hot car related deaths and will hopefully be available across all brands of automobile in the near future. We have also included a few items that may prove useful when it comes to child safety in vehicles.

  1. General Motor Rear Seat Reminder System: https://bit.ly/2yyaLRB 

The Rear Seat Reminder does not actually detect objects in the rear seat, but it works by monitoring the vehicle’s rear doors. If either rear door is opened and closed within ten minutes before the vehicle is started, or if they are opened and closed while the vehicle is running, the feature is intended to activate.

Once the vehicle is switched off, the vehicle is designed to sound five audible chimes and display a visual message within the instrument cluster’s Driver Information Center, which can help remind the driver to look at the rear seat before departing.

  1. Nissan Rear Door Alert System:  https://bit.ly/2mxNlsV 

Rear Door Alert activates anytime the doors to the 2nd row are opened and closed prior to a trip since it knows that something or someone is in the back seat and wasn’t reopened until after a drive is completed by the vehicle being put into park and the ignition being turned off.

First, you’ll see a visual warning to check the back seat for anything you may have brought along for the trip. If the system doesn’t sense that you opened either rear door after your trip is completed, then you’ll hear audible honking to remind you that something or someone was left in the back seat as you walk away from your Nissan.

  1. Hyundai, Rear Occupant Alert System:  https://bit.ly/2GGAYSJ

Hyundai currently offers two types of ROA systems to help prevent tragedies from occurring. The ROA door-logic system detects if a rear door was opened or closed before the car was started, then reminds the driver to check the rear seat with a message on the center cluster when exiting the vehicle. The Ultrasonic ROA has the door-logic technology and an ultrasonic sensor that helps to detect the movements of children and pets in the second-row seats. If the system detects movement in the second-row seats after the driver leaves the vehicle and locks the doors, it will honk the horn and send an alert to the driver’s smartphone via Hyundai’s Blue Link connected car system (if equipped with Blue Link and the Blue Link service is active).

  1. Kids and Cars app: https://bit.ly/2kX9osQ 

The Kars 4 Kids Safety app is designed to alert drivers when they leave their cars to remember there is a baby in the backseat. So, you can drive with peace of mind knowing we’ve got your back.

After a one-time easy setup, the app syncs with your vehicle’s Bluetooth to sound an alert when you leave the car, reminding you to take your child along. Personalize the app with a picture of your child and a customized alert ringtone.

  1. Eclip baby reminder https://bit.ly/2kPxBB8 

This simple device clips to your baby’s car seat, monitors the temperature and reminds you if you happen to walk away without your baby. It continually reminds you that your baby or young child is in the car; helps prevent you accidentally forgetting baby in hot car. In the event you leave your car without your baby, the alarm on Smartphone App will be activated within short distance of car.

  1. Evenflo: https://bit.ly/2yubwcJ 

This one is not so much related to hot car death but will still prove useful! If unfastened while driving, the SensorSafe smart chest clip will communicate with a wireless receiver to alert the driver that the child is not safely harnessed.

1 https://www.kidsandcars.org/how-kids-get-hurt/heat-stroke/

Kids in hot cars

Summertime is here! June 21st marked the beginning of the summer with the return of the sun, blue sky, and warm weather. You may not know it but in Santa Barbara, it feels like our summer starts a little later because we experience “June gloom.” During most of the month, clouds fill the sky and temperatures stay pretty much around 70 F. It gives us a good reason to really appreciate the hot summer days!

Unfortunately, with heat comes certain dangers and if you often drive with your kids, make sure to never leave them in your car on a hot day, even if you think it is only for a few minutes. It is important to be aware that a car’s interior temperature can rise approximately 40 degrees within one hour, even when the exterior temperature is only 72°F. (1)

Regularly, kids die from heat stroke after being left behind for a while or simply forgotten. According to our partners Kids and Cars, 52 kids died of heat stroke after being left behind in 2018. Sadly, this year, we are already at 17 deaths so far.(2)

It is unfortunately possible for parents to forget their kids in the car. Going with the flow of the day and following their routine, parents go to work or to their usual occupation, forgetting that the child is even in the car with them. “Forgotten baby syndrome” is not a negligence problem, but a memory problem, says David Diamond, Ph.D, a professor of psychology at the University of South Florida. “The most common response is that only bad or negligent parents forget kids in cars,” Diamond says. In reality, “It’s a matter of circumstances. It can happen to everyone.” (3)

To prevent such tragedy, make sure to always looks at the back seat when exiting your car and check out the Look before you lock tips list by Kids and Cars here: https://www.kidsandcars.org/how-kids-get-hurt/heat-stroke/

They also designed the Kars 4 Kids Safety app to alert drivers when they leave their cars to remember there is a baby in the backseat (https://www.kars4kids.org/safety-app/) .

By spreading awareness, we can help reducing the number of child’s death related to hot cars. Drive safe this summer!

(1) http://heatkills.org/how-hot/
(2) https://www.kidsandcars.org/2019-child-hot-car-deaths/
(3) https://www.consumerreports.org/car-safety/anyone-could-forget-kids-in-hot-car-forgotten-baby-syndrome/

 

Resqme, Inc. is proud to collaborate with Rescue 42 for the release of The Ripper Laminated Glass Cutter. Driven by the same mission, Resqme and Rescue 42 strive to make the most efficient, safe and reliable tools for vehicle rescue situations.

Both companies have been in the automotive safety industry for over 20 years. Rescue 42 was founded in 1995. Resqme, Inc. launched in 1998, introducing the original resqme® car escape keychain. Resqme and Rescue 42 are now joining forces to make sure First Responders, EMT, Police and Fire Fighters can work as fast as possible when it comes to vehicle extrication and saving lives.

In response to the recent passing of FMVSS 226, Rescue 42 recently launched The Ripper, a critical life-saving tool that cuts and removes laminated glass side windows in less than ten seconds. The Ripper also incorporates a resqme® car escape tool with a fastened clip to ensure quickness on the field in the event that the vehicle has tempered glass side windows instead of laminated side windows.

If a person is trapped in their vehicle for whatever reason, First Responders now have in their hands the perfect tool for a quick, efficient action, and saving precious seconds and lives. This is a great combination since The Ripper™ is designed to cut through laminated side windows while the resqme® is primarily designed to cut jammed seatbelts and break tempered glass windows. The resqme® blade is also able to cut the tether of a deployed side airbag, so it does not cause obstruction during extrication.

It is such a pleasure for us to partner with a company who shares similar values and has made their mission to create the best safety tools.

Together, we can save more lives!

Find out more about Rescue42 and The Ripper laminated glass cutter here: https://rescue42.com/the-ripper/

 

 

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1. Lights malfunction

You were taking your time on your way home and all of sudden, you see the police car behind you. Don’t panic, it is probably a routine control. A light malfunction is very common, and sometimes we are not even aware that one of our lights is broken. If you are driving at night, in the fog or rain, not realizing your rear light is out, you may get pulled over. Time to get it fixed and take a trip to the mechanic!

2. Speeding

Okay so maybe you are in a hurry and you are hitting the gas a little too hard. But guess what? Speeding is dangerous especially if you constantly switch from lane to lane to pass other drivers. Being late for that so important meeting is better than ending at the hospital or worse. Be responsible and don’t endanger others.

3. Texting and driving

Bad choice. The person who texted you can certainly wait until you get home to receive an answer. It is funny how we feel the urge to look at our phone and answer right away after hearing the notification bell. Unfortunately, so many lives were lost due to texting and driving. According to the NHTSA, distracted driving claimed 3,166 lives in 2017 alone (1) …You know better than this! Pay attention to the road and don’t text and drive!

4. Drunk driving

Here my friend you have made a very bad decision when you decided to get behind the wheel after having one too many alcoholic beverages. You are not only being a danger to yourself but also to other drivers and the passengers of your car. Remember that driving with even a slight buzz is reprehensible and that your capacities and reflexes are impacted. You may get home safely but you can also end up spending the night in jail or worse yet, at the hospital. Every day, almost 30 people in the United States die in drunk-driving crashes—that’s one person every 48 minutes in 2017, according to the NHTSA (2). Don’t be one of them!

5. Bad luck

You were driving nicely being a real civil person, being courteous but that didn’t prevent you from hearing that disturbing and stressful siren behind you. Stay calm, be polite and you’ll soon be on your way!

 

(1) https://www.nhtsa.gov/risky-driving/distracted-driving

(2) https://www.nhtsa.gov/risky-driving/drunk-driving

 

1. Be aware of your surroundings

When walking in the streets, make sure you are alert and fully aware of your surroundings. Try not to scroll on your phone while walking as it distracts you from your environment and make sure you are fully focused and aware on what is going on around you. Being alert will help you react quickly in case of emergency. Also try to change up your typical route, as someone may have noticed you taking the same path over a certain period.

2. Let you family know by what time you will be back

If living with your family or significant other, make sure they know what your plans for the evening are and with whom you are going out. Are you going out with longtime friends, a date, or coworkers? Fill them in on what your plans for the evening are and let them know by what time you think you will be back so they can take immediate action if they don’t hear from you.

3. Carry a personal safety alarm or pepper spray

It is always a good option to carry a personal safety alarm or a pepper spray to be able to protect yourself if ever attacked. Thanks to its loud siren, a portable alarm will quickly attract attention if you are under attack, while pepper spray will allow you to defend yourself if someone tries to harm you. Do a few rounds of practice occasionally to get comfortable using such devices and to be fully prepared in case of emergency.

4. Let your friends, coworker know how you are getting home

If leaving an office function or a party with friends, be vocal about how you are getting home. Are you just walking or are you taking public transportation, a cab, or an Uber? Letting your entourage know about this (plus assuring them that you will text them once safe at home) will help them notice if anything is wrong.

5. Trust your instincts

If you feel like you are getting some insistent looks or unwanted attention and start feeling uncomfortable or unsafe, don’t hesitate to change route or turn around to a more crowded area. You will then be able to ask for assistance if needed. If you feel like something weird is going on or if someone is following you, don’t hesitate to ask for help to bystanders or call for help. Better be safe than sorry!

5 tips when running alone

1. Listen to music at a reasonable volume

When people run, they tend to blast the music to get an extra kick out of their session. Listening to your favorite tune is fun, especially as you can synchronize your pace to the rhythm of the beat and feel like you are almost flying (no exaggeration?). BUT, it can also get you in trouble. If the volume is too loud, it makes it harder for you to hear what is going on around you in terms of traffic for one but also in terms of a potential treat. Make sure you can react fast by turning the volume to a reasonable level!

2. Carry a personal safety alarm

Carrying things can be annoying when running but some of them are necessary. As more and more attacks on female runners are being reported, gear yourself with a portable personal safety alarm that can easily attach to your clothes or on your keyset (Did you say defendme? ?). This kind of tool will come handy in case of unwanted attention and equipped with a loud siren, they will scare off a potential attacker. As we say at resqme, “be heard, stay safe!”.

3. Be aware of your surroundings

It is probably best not to go for your run too late at night, so you can have maximum visibility on what is going on around you. Always remember to dedicate enough attention to the people around you so you can spot quickly if someone has ill intentions and if you need to ask for help to bystanders.

4. Tell your family/significant others where you plan to run

Always good to tell your family or friends which path you are going to take and how long your run usually lasts. This way your loved ones will make sure to react fast, should something unusual occur. There is also a variety of apps out there that will allow them to track your run in real time, check-in on you and make sure you are safe.

5. Enjoy your run

Of course, it is important to be careful and plan for a potential emergency but don’t forget to enjoy your run without worrying constantly! Take some time to appreciate the beauty of the landscape and the shining sun (if like us, you live in beautiful Santa Barbara, although we are aware that sun is not exclusive to our city ?) and get the most out of your session. You got this!

Bonus: if you want to kick butt during training, here is the resqme team running playlist that will guarantee motivation, performance, outstanding results and a beach bod (OK maybe not): https://bit.ly/2TAh7t2

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All right so 2019 is here! Happy New Year everyone! Here are 5 things to become a better car owner this year 🙂 :

1. Keep my car clean

It is true that one can find many excuses not to keep its car in the best possible condition. “The weather is gross, so my car will get dirty again soon”, “I have a busy week”, or “I am simply too tired”. But the truth is that your car will last longer if you choose to take care of it like a newborn baby. Some people are so in love with their car that they clean it every weekend and while the neighbors may make fun of them, it is the right thing to do (OK maybe not EVERY weekend).

 2. Check the tire pressure

This is a big one and people don’t realize how important it is to check this especially if commuting a lot. A tire that doesn’t have the proper pressure is an unnecessary hazard and can quickly and unexpectedly put you and your family at risk. Nowadays it is easy to buy electronic devices to check this by yourself, when the tires are cold, just before hitting the road.

3. Have the right tools to change a tire

Last time I blew a tire, it was in the middle of the desert and it happened around noon, with the burning sun looking at the scene. It was also on an uphill road and it seemed like a good time and place to painfully realize that my scissor jack wasn’t adequate at all. After half an hour in the sun, a Good Samaritan finally came to the rescue. Let me tell you that as soon as I made it to my destination I ordered something more convenient to prevent being stranded again. Also, be aware that many new cars don’t have a spare tire anymore. In that case, it is wise to arm yourself with an anti-puncture spray that will make you able to drive to the next mechanic. A good option is also to call for road assistance while making sure you wait in a safe spot if you are on the freeway.

4. Learn how to check the oil

The health of your engine depends on it and it is in fact pretty simple to check the oil level. Simply locate the dipstick in your engine block. Pull it off, wipe the oil off, and then put it back in to remove it once again. Now check the small indication levels to see how far the oil run in the dipstick. If the oil is below the minimum mark, it is time to add some. You did it!

5. Stop eating/drinking in it

Ok so it is the morning and I finish my breakfast while commuting to work but by the end of each week, the number of bacteria and trash in my car is record breaking. Occasionally, I spill coffee on the seats (and on myself) while using the brake unexpectedly. Do yourself and your car a favor and get up five minute earlier to eat at home. Not to mention that eating or drinking in your vehicle is taking your attention away from the road and is dangerous.

Ah the Holiday season… that special time of the year to gather with family and friends and enjoy being together. The streets fill up with shiny decorations, people are in a good mood and the kids (and adults for that matter) have their eyes on the store fronts, hoping that Santa will bring them that oh so desired present, wrapped in glittery paper. It is the time of the tree, the stocking stuffers, your neighbors decorating their garden and their kids building a snowman outside with branches and carrots (unless you live in Santa Barbara like us). The best part though is that everywhere you go, the stores will play the same old Christmas songs at least 30 times to make sure the lyrics are imprinted in your brain until next year.

It is also the time to be thankful for what we have and for the people in our lives. Family and friends are precious, and the Holiday season is a nice reminder to not take it all for granted and enjoy quality time with our loved ones.

Unfortunately, It is a shame that this fun period is also linked to an increase in traffic accidents and car crash fatalities increase by 25 percent compared to the rest of the year. Over the past 5 years, an average of 300 people died in drunk-driving crashes during the Christmas through New Year’s holiday period. In December 2016 alone, 781 people lost their lives in drunk-driving crashes according to NHTSA[1].

As much fun and excitement that the Holiday Season is, it is important to always remember to be responsible. In order to keep celebrating being together for the many years to come, let’s not take the wheel after drinking and always be conscious of our surroundings while on the road.

From the resqme team, may you and your family have a safe Holiday Season!

PS: Pssst… are you running out of presents idea? Check out our Holiday gift guide here with safety gifts for Her, Him and the entire family ?

[1] https://www.nhtsa.gov/drunk-driving/holiday-season-drive-sober-or-get-pulled-over

Ah, taking a family trip! Away from work, it is time to get ready for some fun and relax while heading to your vacation home. But is it really? Here is a top 5 of things to expect when driving with your kids.

1. Frequent bathroom stops

It has been only 80 miles, but you already had to stop 3 times. First the kids threatened to mess up the seats if you did not pull over immediately. Then, the dog started to show signs of difficulty to hold his bladder. Finally, when, you thought you were on your way to pass 25 miles without any further stops, you realized that drinking this large soy latte wasn’t such a good idea…

2. Dispute about what music to put on

While you wouldn’t mind listening to a good old classic rock album, your kids are definitely not receptive to the subtle riffs of the Doobie Brothers or the Eagles. Instead you must comply and alternate between teenage hits radio songs and the theme of Dora the Explorer that your 4 years old requests to be played every 15 min.  This trip will probably be longer than you thought.

3. The “Is it far?” recurring question

Unless they are taking a nap to give you a breather, your kids are keen on pointing out that this trip is taking waaay too long and that you guys should be there already. Is it a bit stressful especially when you only left an hour ago and that there are 3 more to go. But between you and us, if you are being honest, how far is it really?

4. Possible travel sickness

This new ride that you just got looks great! And what about these beautiful leather seats? Maybe it would have been a good idea to protect them with a blanket though, you come to realize as you are cleaning up little Tom’s breakfast nicely spread all over the backseats.

5. A lot of fun

All right, so even if you must deal with all this, traveling with family is a great occasion to have a lot of fun and enjoy each other’s company. Discovering new places, looking at the landscape, laughing a lot and just spending time with your loved ones, you know you are a lucky person ?

Good luck to you on your next family trip!

It is always a great reward for us when someone shares their story about how resqme helped save a life. We at resqme, Inc. are committed to increase safety for all drivers and passengers, and knowing that our products contributed to help a person in distress is making us proud.

This week, we received the testimonial of Jack, who experienced a life-threatening situation when his car got submerged and he found himself trapped in it, upside down and head under the water.

At 2am on a Saturday night, Jack was on his way back home from a friend’s house when a deer jumped in front of his car. To avoid hitting the deer, Jack had to quickly swing his car away which caused his vehicle to flip and roll into the water of a nearby pond. In the dark, and with his head under the water, Jack was in state of shock and panicked. He was able to quickly remove his seat belt and tried to break the side window with his elbow, but his attempts were unsuccessful. That is when he was able to spot his orange resqme keychain dangling from his keys. “I bought this tool a year and a half prior.” he said. He quickly pulled the resqme off his keychain and pressed the tool against the window which instantly shattered, enabling him to quickly escape the car and get to safety.

Jack sent us the following message: “Thank God for this. I may have not been alive to write this. I can’t express my gratitude. Thank you.”

When a vehicle gets submerged it only takes few minutes before the car sinks, so it is important to remain calm and act fast.

Here are the 3 lifesaving steps as described by Dr. Gordon Giesbrecht, in case your car is sinking:

1 – SEAT BELTS – off or cut them

2 – WINDOWS – down or break them

3 – OUT – if Kids, from the oldest to the youngest

Thankfully, Jack had the right reaction and the right tool available within reach and was able to save his own life. Jack sustained no injuries from the car crash even if he remains a little shaken by the event. We wish him a quick recovery and hope he will be able to get back to his routine shortly.

 

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