What to Do When You Lock Your Keys in the Car

set of keys in vehicle ignitionWhat to Do When You Lock Your Keys in the CarAccording to AAA, about four million Americans lock their keys in their car every year. If you have been driving for some time, you may be familiar with the resulting frustration. If you find yourself locked out of your car in the future, follow these steps from the experts at our auto body shop in Fort Worth.

Observe your surroundings
Once you’ve realized you’ve locked your keys in your vehicle, you should become familiar with your surroundings. Is there a gas station within a safe walking distance? Gas station owners commonly have tools on-hand for opening locked vehicles. If no one is nearby to help or you are in a dangerous area (especially at nighttime), don’t hesitate to call 911 for help.

Take advantage of roadside assistance
The fastest way to find out if you have a roadside assistance policy is to call your insurance agent. If you find that you do not receive this coverage via your insurer, you may still be in luck; many newer cars come with roadside assistance during the basic warranty period. Assuming your owner’s manual is locked in your car as well, the number to call might be posted on a window decal, or you can try getting the details by calling your dealership.

Call a towing service
If no free options are available to you, most towing services provide a lock-out service. You can dial 411 for information on these services in your area.