It’s Monday morning and you’re already behind time, the kids need to be taken to school or you’re standing outside the grocery store, arms full and you get that sinking feeling – you locked the keys inside the car.
Locking car keys inside the car is actually more common that you think, and in keeping with Murphy’s Law, can hit at the most inopportune of times. Depending on the car-lock system installed on your car, you may be able to get access into it but many times you will need a locksmith to help you. Below are some pointers on what to do in such scenarios, and how to avoid them altogether.
What to do when you are locked out of your car
Here’s what you can do (other than using the power of your mind to will the keys out through that small space on your window):
- If the car locks resemble small buttons on the window ledge, you should be able to unlock the car using a straightened coat hanger, with a small hook folded into one end. The straightened hanger is then inserted hook first into the rubber skirting around the side window. Loop the hook on the door button carefully and pull upwards when in place.
- If you have access to the boot of the car and your rear seats are movable, you may be able to get into through there, or push some tool to access the door lock with. This is useful if your trunk has a manual lock-unlock mechanism. Another tip might be to hide a spare key in your car boot as a back up for your lost car keys.
- If your door-lock buttons that are depressed on the car door, you have no option but to engage the services of a professional emergency locksmith. Such services are usually available round the clock.
- If your clothes hanger method is not bearing fruit after a few tries, it’s better to abandon it and call on a professional. If your keep trying without knowing what you’re touching or prodding you may end up ruining something that will cost lots more to fix.
Preventing future incidents
- You can hide an extra door key on a magnetic lockbox somewhere on the car’s exterior. Make sure it’s well concealed to prevent the risk of someone getting away with your car.
- If you have an electronic lock system, train yourself to use it to lock the vehicle, so that you can’t ever lock the car without your keys in hand. Stop using the door handle locking system altogether.
- Avoid giving the keys to the children as a plaything; they may lock you out inadvertently and not know what to do to reverse it.
Always have the phone number of emergency auto locksmiths in your area so they can quickly bail you out in case you are locked out of your car.