What to Do in a Car Lockout

No matter how dreadful it is to lock your car key in, it remains a reality. No one would want such an incident to happen, but at one time, you may become a victim of the circumstance. Now the question is, what should you do to overcome this awful scenario?

In this article, we have highlighted some of the possible ways that can help you overcome such scenes. When you find yourself in such a situation, just calm down and think of the best way to unlock it without causing any problem.

Having a spare key can save you a lot of money and time if you can recall where you placed it and there’s anyone who can give it to you. That may not be the best option, though, if you’re in a hurry. Having a beginner’s set of lockpicks is even quicker and will make you less anxious in other instances of lockouts.

There are two different cars, the manual and the automatic. The way you will handle this situation will depend on the type of the car that you have.


How to Unlock Automatic Locks

You can try to unlock your door by yourself using inflatable devices to wedge the door open. Think of using a blood-pressure cuff. It is strong enough and can withstand the pressure. In case you realize that there is no blood-pressure cuff available, you should call for road assistance.

On the corner of the driver’s door, slide the deflated blood-pressure cuff. Blow the cuff up to create a small gap in the car. Avoid overexpansion as this can cause more damages to your car. You can cover the wedge to protect the pain.

Use a skinny long object that you may have, like a coat hanger, through the opening to hit the unlock button.


How to Deal with Manual Cars

With a coat hanger, lasso the lock. you will need to push the button, and then loosen the pin. Then slip the loop over the head of the lock nub, and then pull up the head to unlock.

Use slim jims. They are normally issued by police, but you can also make yours using a coat hanger. Use the passenger door (because it is less wired) to insert your tool and find the pin, and then pull the pin toward the rear of the car in a gentle way.


Other Ways

These days, cars come with keyless remotes that you can use to lock or unlock your car from your comfort. You can keep an extra remote in your house.

You can also look for a magnetic key case. Because the case is magnetic, you can connect it to the metal or steel door and hide it under hard-to-reach places like under the fender.


Closing Thoughts

Being locked out can be frustrating and annoying and can cause many inconveniences especially when you are running late or when you are stuck in a bad weather. Always keep tools with you so you can easily remedy that situation.

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