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First Things You Need to Do When You Lock Your Car Keys
One frustrating thing that can happen to you is to have your keys locked inside your car. Worse, you could drop them somewhere and lose them entirely. When you lose your car keys, the first thing you need to do is to remain calm. Do not panic, even if you’re late for work or an appointment. Panicking will not solve the problem, and it will only make it worse.
Proceed to solve the problem rationally. You can ask for help from people nearby and explain the situation. That chances are that they’ll know someone who can handle the situation. If you’re in the middle of an emergency, however, consider breaking the glass. You can always get it replaced later.
If that isn’t an option for you, here are the first things you need do to retrieve your car keys:
- Try old school emergency unlocking methods
If you’re in the middle of nowhere (hopefully not), and there’s no one to help you, or just don’t want to ask for a stranger’s help, you can try unlocking the car yourself. To do this, you will need to find some tools.
The viability for this method, however, will depend on the type of locks your car has. If it’s a modern model, then you’re likely to not have any success since advanced cars have improved security.
On the other hand, if it’s an old model, you can try using a wire coat hanger. Straighten it, bend the end and shape it into a little hook, and then insert it between the moulding and the side window. Once you get it in, hook it around the lock and pull it up to unlock the car.
- Call for roadside assistance
As a car owner, you most likely have car insurance. Most of the time, these policies include roadside assistance. Call the insurance company and ask for help. They’ll come to your rescue within the day.
Meanwhile, it’s also possible that you locked your items along with your keys inside the vehicle. That can be a problem if you don’t have your phone with you, especially if you don’t know the number of your insurer’s helpdesk.
If you’re lucky enough to have their business card in your wallet, you can always try to borrow someone else’s phone and call the insurance company, or any roadside assistance for that matter.
- Look for a locksmith
Unlike roadside assistance, locksmiths are easy to contact, and they’ll be there in a jiffy. A professional locksmith knows how to unlock any type of doors and will easily access your car in less than 20 minutes. Another advantage is that you can ask them to make you a spare key, which will be extremely helpful for situations like this, especially if you only have one car key.
If you find yourself in a similar situation, always maintain composure and don’t worry about anything else for a moment. By keeping calm, you will be able to think better and get this problem solved quickly. Your best bet, however, is calling the local locksmith when the first and second methods failed.