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.
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.
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.