No one likes when you accidentally lock your keys inside of your car. Situations like this can be very embarrassing and frustrating, and just always happen at the most inopportune time. Research by the American Automobile Association showed that there are more than four million motorists that get locked out of their car every year. If you ever find yourself locked out of your car, don’t panic. Stay calm and follow some of these recommendations:
- One of the first things that comes to people’s mind when they realize their keys are locked inside of their car is to call their auto-insurance company to get roadside assistance. If you have recently purchased a new vehicle, often times roadside assistance comes as part of your warranty. Depending on where you are located, they usually send someone to help you get back into your vehicle. If you don’t currently have roadside assistance as part of your auto-insurance policy, you may want to discuss adding it.
- You might want to consider keeping an extra key on hand somewhere. If you seem to always be locking yourself out of your car, this might be a good idea. You could hide a key in a well-hidden part of your car or hide a key in your wallet/purse. Another option would be giving a spare key to a family member or trusted friend who could come rescue you.
- Get a temporary key made. The dealership would need your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) in order to make the key. This key may not be able to actually start your car, but you would be able to unlock the doors and retrieve your permanent keys.
- Some cars will allow you to gain access to the inside of the car through the trunk by moving the rear seats. However, you would have to have access to the trunk to be able to do this.
- Most new cars on the market have systems in place that won’t allow you to lock the door if the key is in the ignition or if a door is open. Cars with other features such as telematics can enable your vehicle to be unlocked remotely. In addition, having a keyless combination lock is a smart solution.
- Dial 911. We believe that safety always comes first. If you are locked out of your car and feel like you are in danger, call the police. Sometimes they can even unlock your car, or get in contact with a tow truck or locksmith professional for you.
We recommend that you never give your children keys to play with in the car because you may get locked out of the car, with your children still inside.
In some cases, we don’t recommend using a wire hanger or a screwdriver as a way to try and gain access into your vehicle. This can sometimes lead to further damage, or even injury – costing you more money in the long run.
We hope these tips and tricks help you the next time you accidently lock your keys in your car! For all of your other automotive needs, make sure to come into Tire Discounter in Chubbuck, ID.