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What to do if you’ve locked your keys in your car

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Whether you’ve ever been in this situation or not, we can all agree that it’s rather embarrassing and inconvenient, especially when you look around and no one can assist you in this time of need. Read on to find out exactly what you should do in this situation.

Assess the situation:

Remain calm and analyse the situation you are in. Working yourself up won’t resolve the problem and end up costing you precious time. First double-check all the doors and your boot to ensure that they are all locked. Then have a peep inside your handbag and think of where you might have left them. Imagine calling for help only to discover that they weren’t locked in your vehicle all this time.

Spare key:

We advise that you always keep a spare key in a place that is easy to access e.g. at your house or at the office and have someone bring it to you e.g. your hubby or a close college. You’ll also be thankful you kept one knowing the day might come when you need it.

Roadside assistance:

You can also call your vehicle insurance to find out whether you have roadside assistance first. If so they will send out a locksmith or a tow truck to handle the situation for you. If not tell them the situation and hear if they can send a locksmith or a tow truck to your location and you will then be able to settle the bill with them, there and then. Then most vehicles also come with a helpful warranty service. Most of them do provide roadside assistance as well. All you need to do is to find out whether they cover the cost. Tip: if you own a new vehicle, call the dealership and they will be able to offer you all the information you need and usually speed up the process.

Do it yourself:

Yes, last but not least if you are left with no choice but to roll up your sleeves and do it yourself, here is what you need to remember. We advise calling a tow truck service, as they are professionals who are well trained to get the job done properly, without causing any damage in the process. If that is not an option for you and you’re brave enough to pull a MacGyver on yourself.

Here is what you will need:

o   You will need a pump wedge, a blood pressure cuff, a metal coat hanger and a load of patients and sheer will. If you don’t have these items at hand, call someone who will be available to bring it to your location.

Here is what you need to do:

o   Firstly, slide the blood pressure cuff into the top corner of your driver’s door, but first, make sure that it is deflated when you do.

o   Then inflate the blood pressure cuff and continue until there is a small opening, be careful not to overinflate the blood pressure cuff and potentially damage your vehicle.

o   Then you can use the metal hanger and slip it into the opening and move it around to hit the unlock button.

Easy as that, all you need to do is follow these easy steps next time you do lock your keys in your vehicle and you’ll be done in only a few short minutes.

Written by: Ashley Roos