Almost every driver has done it at least once – turned around and realized that they have locked their keys in the car. Not only can this scenario be extremely frustrating and inconvenient, it can even be dangerous depending on when and where you are when it happens. It might be a good idea to think about what you would do if you locked your keys in your car. That way, if you ever find yourself in this challenging situation, you will react more calmly and logically.
Here are the steps you should follow if you realize you have locked your keys in your car:
- Take a breath and calm down. Check and double check all the doors and truck opening of your vehicle. Maybe (hopefully!) one of them is unlocked.
- Do you have a spare key at your home or other location? Maybe someone could bring this key to you. Some dealers can even make you a temporary key if you can prove ownership.
- Think about roadside assistance options. These might include your car insurance company, a new car warranty service option, or some credit cards or auto clubs that you belong to, like AAA or AARP.
- Even If you don’t have roadside assistance coverage, this is a fairly common and low-cost service. Tow companies are professionals that have specialized tools to get your car open without damaging it. Calling a nearby towing company will generally be one of the fastest ways to get back into your car and onto the road again.
Breaking a window in your car will probably result in expensive repair costs. If you have locked keys in your car and there is a child at risk of overheating in the vehicle, call 911 for help.