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I Locked My Keys in My Car, What Can I Do?

How do I unlock my door without a key?

If you're locked on the other side, look for a tiny hole on the doorknob. Push an eyeglasses screwdriver, a paper clip hammered flat, or a very small butter knife into this hole. Push it straight through as far as you can, and turn or twist it until it catches a groove and the lock clicks open.

i locked my keys in my car who do i call?

Here's what you can do to stay calm and get help on the way.

  1. Dial 911. Safety comes first; so don't hesitate to call 911 if you think you're in danger. ...

  2. Call for roadside assistance. ...

  3. Call a tow truck. ...

  4. Get a temporary key. ...

  5. Keep an extra key handy. ...

  6. Buy a car with benefits. ...

  7. Keyless.

1. Stay Calm and Try to Think About Your Options

Locking your keys in the car can happen to anyone. There are lots of ways to do it. I once put my dog in the car to take her to the veterinarian and had to run back in the house. When I got back outside she had jumped and hit the master lock locking all doors in the vehicle. Regardless of how your vehicle got locked with the keys inside, you need to be calm and think fast on how to get it unlocked.

Are All the Doors Locked?

Panicking in a tough situation is common. I know it is obvious but checking all the doors is important. The last thing you want to do is call for help just to find out you had an unlocked door. Do yourself a favor and do a double check really quick.

Know Where the Spare Key Is Located

Do you know where the spare key is at? Maybe there is someone who could bring it to you. Often using the spare is not an option but it can save you both time and money if you can get it.

Is It an Emergency?

Emergencies should be handled a little differently for a standard lockout. For instance, if a baby is locked in the vehicle even on a semi-warm day it can certainly be important to get the vehicle unlocked as soon as possible. Waiting around for a tow truck or someone to deliver your spare key could be deadly. Hot cars pose huge threats against children and animals. Breaking a window may be your only option.

2.How to Break a Car Window

Breaking a car window is not as easy as it sounds. It is extremely difficult as a matter of fact especially if you have never considered it before. The windshield will be nearly impossible to break because it is laminated glass. Of course, that is what we want when driving down the road. Side window glass is tempered meaning it is strong but not nearly as strong as the windshield.

Tips for Breaking a Side Window on a Car

  • You need something sharp. A hammer would surely be convenient but you will want to use the claw end. A screwdriver would also be handy. Maybe a golf club or a sturdy ice window scraper would do.

  • The center of a car glass window is the strongest. Try breaking the glass closer to the edge where it is weakest.

  • Tinted glass is the best because it will not shatter. The tint will hold it together yet still allow the glass to be broken and removed. Always choose the window furthest from a child to protect him or her from shattered glass spray.

  • It can be frustrating trying to get the glass to break when you do not have something sharp to get the job done. Keep calm and ask someone nearby if they can help. Beating relentlessly on a glass window without the proper tool will only cause you more stress.

If you are still unable to break the glass, find someone to help you. Look for someone nearby or call someone for help. Calling the tow company if there is one located nearby may still be the best option. When you make the call, explain why it is an emergency to hopefully speed up their service. Worse case scenario would be to call the police for help.

3. Try to Unlock the Door Yourself

Don't feel like shelling out $50 to get your car unlocked? How does the tow service guy unlock your vehicle anyways? Is there a possibility you can do it yourself? Tow companies are professionals and they have the proper tools to get the job done. You are going to need a few things to get the door unlocked on your own.

Most tow service companies use an inflatable device to wedge the door open. A handy hack would be to use a blood pressure cuff. It is strong enough to withstand the pressure without ripping. It is possible you have one at home or you could ask a friend or family member to pick one up.

How to Unlock a Locked Car Door

  • Slide a deflated blood pressure cuff in between the top corner of the driver's side door

  • Blow the cuff up until there is a small gap creating an opening in the vehicle

  • Do not over expand the cuff because it could damage the door

  • Use a wire coat hanger or other long skinny object that will fit

  • Squeeze the coat hanger into the opening and hit the unlock button

It will probably take a little finagling to get the cuff into the door. You really want to be careful about bending the door by over inflating the cuff. A damaged door can cost a whole lot more to repair than hiring a tow service.

Most people do not have a blood pressure cuff lying around. It is certainly even less likely that you will have access to it at the exact moment you are locked out of the car. The best and simplest way to get your vehicle unlocked is to call a tow service and then determine if you have a roadside assistance plan that will reimburse you.

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