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What to do if you lock your keys in your car

Locking your car keys in your car is a pain and almost always happens when you’re in a rush and have somewhere to be. Follow our top tips to help alleviate some of the stress and frustration that arises from a locked car and unreachable car keys and avoid it happening again in the future.


Check your surroundings

When you fear you have locked your car keys in the car, don’t panic just yet. First things first, check your surroundings. Do a lap of the car, checking for an unlocked boot, car door or open window. You might be able to use this for entry into the car and the problem can be resolved before panic really sets in. If possible, locate and consult your owner’s manual. This is likely to have advice or contact numbers for this situation. If you cannot obtain the owner’s manual, most can be found online.


Spare key

It is advisable to have more than one key. The best option is to give a second key to a local family member or friend to look after in case of a situation like this. Alternatively, keep a second key securely, either at work or home, as these are likely to be local and the two destinations you drive to most frequently. If you do find yourself in a situation where you have locked your set of keys in the car, you can call upon your trusted family member or friend to bring the spare key to you and gain access to your car and obtain your key.


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Stay safe

Despite the stressful situation, it is important that you stay safe and minimise risk. You may have found yourself locked out of a car that is parked on a busy road. If this is the case, stand clear of the road and avoid hailing other drivers for help. This may distract them and cause a collision. Instead, it is best to call roadside assistance.


Getting help

If you cannot easily gain access to your vehicle and do not have a spare key, it is best to call for help rather than try to break into the car. In order to assist the roadside assistance team with helping you, consider these points:


  • Where you are located
  • The make and model of your vehicle
  • Relevant policy numbers


In an emergency

If there is a child or pet in the locked vehicle, the key lock-in is considered an emergency. If this is the case, call roadside assistance immediately and they will prioritise your case. Alternatively, call the police or ambulance service, especially if it is a hot day. If you are on your own and help is not coming quickly, it is best to break the side window of your vehicle. Aim for the edge of the window, which is its most vulnerable point and choose the window furthest from your child or pet to minimise the risk of injury by flying glass.



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