Being locked outside your car is an immensely stressful situation to find yourself in. This is true no matter the circumstances, but it is especially unfortunately if you are away from home.
The good news is that you aren’t completely stuck. There are services in place to help in this situation specifically, and there are tools you can use to circumvent the security of your vehicle.
Let’s take a look at some of your options.
Why You Need a Plan
A good piece of advice is to have a plan already in place before you get yourself locked out of your car.
This is particularly important when you consider just how serious a situation it is when you are locked outside your car, and also just how easy it is to do so. The thing with car doors is that they lock automatically much of the time, and that locking one door can lock all the others. You can also lock your car door from the inside before shutting it – that means you can lock the door and then close it, thus leaving yourself trapped outside. It’s a highly common mistake to open the boot and to shut it with the keys still inside, and we’ve almost all been in that scenario at one time or another.
At the same time, getting locked out of the car is possibly a bigger problem often than being locked out of the house is. Of course, either scenario is highly inconvenient and a big nuisance and even potentially dangerous. However, it becomes a lot more of a problem in a car often because the fact that you were using the car means that often you aren’t at home. This means you can be stuck in any kind of area and if you were on a long journey you might end up stuck without any assistance from anyone you know nearby. Whereas being locked out of the house means that you can end up stuck in the cold until someone gets home, it’s probably just you in the car and if you’re miles away it’s going to take a long time for anyone to be able to come and help you.
Furthermore, if you end up locked outside your car on the side of a motorway for instance then this can be a very dangerous problem that will mean that you’re stuck standing on the side of the road while cars rush past at speeds of over 70mph – of course this is again a highly dangerous situation to find yourself in.
So, don’t wait to get locked out. Get the number of a locksmith and save it in your phone. Make copies of your car key and give them to friends. And maybe keep one of your own at home too!
How to Get Back In
Too late for hindsight? Then try these options…
First, make sure that you have checked all the obvious places – as your key might not be inside the car after all. There are a few common places where you might find you left your keys. Maybe you left your keys in the car (you may be able to see it through the window), but on the other hand maybe they fell out a pocket, or maybe you put them on the side somewhere in your home. Retrace your steps, ask around, and don’t jump to conclusions.
Ask Friends and Family
Does your partner have a spare key you can use? Did you give one to a friend? If so, then you can call them and ask for help.
If your car keys are in your car, then a technician may be able to help you get them back out. They can usually open a car door without causing any damage to the vehicle and that way you can be on your way in no time. One way to do this is by inserting a tool down the side of the window in order to unhook the lock from behind the door panel – though this will only work with certain makes and models, and only if you didn’t deadlock the car.
If this fails, then you have the option of breaking into the car – though you should let a professional do this as it can otherwise be dangerous. If nothing else, a breakdown service can tow you back to your home.
Technicians to call include automotive locksmiths, mechanics, and breakdown services.
Making a Spare
Failing that, if you still have a spare key at home, then you can make a copy from that once you’ve been taken home. If not, then it may or may not be possible to make a new one, depending on the locksmith and the type of vehicle. If not… then you may have to get in touch with the manufacturer directly and order a new one. But at least you’ll be safe at home!