7 Tips To Remember When You’ve Locked Your Keys In Your Car

7 Tips To Remember When You’ve Locked Your Keys In Your Car

You’re running late for work and you’ve still got to drop the kids off at school. But, before you can do that, you need to call into the drugstore for your eldest’s asthma medication. You can’t find a park close to the pharmacy, so you jump out of the car, with two disgruntled children in tow and race to the store and then back to your car.

Oh no. Where are your keys? Can you believe it? You’ve locked your keys in your car again.

We’ve all done it at least once in our driving careers, if not more. What makes it even more frustrating is that it never seems to happen when you’ve got all the time in the world. It only happens when you’re in a hurry, which let’s face it, is also probably why it happens.

There’s no point crying over spilt milk though. What you need to do now, is figure out how to fix the problem. Because we understand your frustration and have been in that situation ourselves, we’ve put together a list of 7 tips to remember when you’ve locked your keys in your car. Again.

1. Leave a Spare Car Key with a Friend

This one is first on the list because it’s the simplest and easiest solution. Make sure you leave a spare key with someone you trust, who can bring it to you if you’re stuck. The problem with this, of course, is that you need to do it before you find your keys are locked in your car.  

We don’t advise leaving a spare car key hidden around the house. Unfortunately, it’s a bit too risky these days.

2. Use a Shoelace to Break into Your Car

A shoelace?  Yes. This is a very clever trick, but it does require a little skill. Take your shoelace, or someone else’s shoelace, out of your shoe and tie a looped knot in the middle of it. Now, you want to wedge the shoelace in the corner of the locked car door. What you’re trying to do is work the shoelace, back and forth, until the loop is on the door lock, and pull.

Obviously, this trick is only going to work if your car has the type of lock that you push down and pull up, but it’s still a handy thing to know. And it doesn’t even need to be a shoelace, any type of thin string should be fine.

3. Use a Coat Hanger to Break into Your Car

An oldie but a goodie. This only works with wire coat hangers for reasons that will be made obvious in the next sentence or two. You need to unwind the coat hanger until it’s straight, and then bend one end of it into the shape of a hook.

Now, get comfortable, this might take a while. You need to put the hooked end of the coat hanger in between the rubber and the glass of the window, of the locked door. What you need to do now it keep wiggling it about until the hook manages to catch the locking mechanism. This won’t work with newer cars, but we have other fixes for those.

4. Call Roadside Assistance for Help

This is another tip that needs some preparation.  If you’re a habitual offender, it’s probably worth paying the annual subscription to a road service so they’ll rescue you when you’ve locked your keys in your car.

In some cases, if you’re not already a member of a road assistance service, they’ll rescue you if you join on the spot.

5. Ask a Nearby Garage for Help

If there’s a garage nearby, they’re often able to get into your car for you. They’ll slide a wedge into your car door just far enough that the can slide a balloon type device into it. They inflate the balloon, which then opens the door far enough for you to be able to get a hook in there and then unlock your door.

6. Activate a Phone App

Assuming you haven’t left your phone in the car with your keys, there are apps you can have installed that allow you to open your locked car door with your phone.

There are also phone companies who can unlock your car for you. You’ll have to pay an annual subscription, but it means that if you lock your keys in your car, you can call a freephone number and a technician will unlock it for you by computer.

7. Call the Police if You’re Not Safe

This is the first thing you should do if you’re in danger and the last thing you should do if you’re not.

The police may be able to unlock your car for you or contact someone who can but if you’re not in any immediate danger, they will probably tell you to sort it out yourself.

Hopefully, the next time you find you’ve locked your keys in your car, you’ll remember at least one, if not all, of our 7 tips.

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