It’s happened to everyone—you get out of your car, distracted and busy, only to realize that you’ve locked your keys inside. It’s natural to panic. With your keys locked in the car, you’re stuck—and if you’re not at home, you may feel trapped.
But if this should happen to you, keep calm. There are some very basic steps you should follow if you ever find yourself in this particular predicament. Before you know it, you’ll have your keys in hand and you’ll be ready to get back on the road.
First, Check The Car
All cars have multiple points of entry, and in the stress of realizing that they’ve locked their keys inside, many drivers forget about that fact. Your driver’s side door may be locked, but have you checked all the others? Often, the situation is resolved when drivers realize the back door or the passenger side door is unlocked, and they are able to access the keys that way.
If all the car doors are locked but you are able to enter the trunk of your car without keys, that might prove to be your answer. In many cars, the back seat folds down to create trunk access. It may be uncomfortable, but you might be able to crawl through the trunk to get back into the car.
Check for Spare Keys
A spare car key is an important thing to have. It’s likely you received one when you bought your car, and if you don’t use it, you should be storing it somewhere safe. You might also consider giving your spare to a trusted friend or relative. Either way, when you discover you’ve locked yourself out of your car, you can access your spare and get into the car that way.
If you don’t have a spare car key, now is a good time to get one made in preparation for a potential emergency.
Call a Professional
If you don’t have a way into your car, it’s time to call a locksmith. Don’t be tempted to try picking the lock or breaking a window. There is no reason to do damage to your vehicle. A good locksmith will be available 24/7 and ready to come to you. Experienced locksmiths also know how to work with a wide variety of vehicles, so no matter what you drive, a professional should be able to help.
Don’t let a car lockout ruin your day. Follow these simple steps and you’ll be driving away from the problem in no time.