Car Lockout Situation12/21/2013 Back To Blog
At some point in our lives we have had something else on our minds while shopping, eating out, going to a movie or at the playground with our children. Once you return to your car and reach for your keys, you suddenly realize they are not there. You play over every step you took in your mind trying to figure out when and where you left them.
If you have your family with you then that makes it even worse and it begins to play out like a bad dream. You panic trying to figure out the best way to get into your car. If the weather is bad and it’s late at night that just adds to the stress. Being in an emergency lockout situation is really unnerving.
The first thing you should do is try to remain calm. Try to calm down your family or other passengers as well. There is no need to panic. Panicking clouds the thought process and further disallows you to locate your keys. Sometimes a person may panic and not even notice that the car keys are still in passenger side door lock or in their breast pocket.
Most people have some type of roadside assistance program, whether from your dealership or another provider such as AAA. They are quite affordable and their specialist knows the in’s and outs of breaching car locks and ignitions. A common tool they use is the Slim Jim.
Seek Light and Shelter
If it is nighttime and you and your family are locked out of the car, make sure you get to a lighted area. If you can, seek shelter. If there are local business establishments around you, go there and wait for help to arrive. Lockouts are quite common and can be seamlessly resolved as long as you follow a few simple steps.