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4 Tips To Avoid Locking Your Keys in Your Car

Many of us have locked keys in a car at least once. Believe us, sometimes it happens even to locksmiths, so we understand how frustrating that can be, especially if you have somewhere to go or worse you're in a rush. If you don't have a spare key handy, there is little you can do once you close the car door and realize the keys are still hanging in the ignition or on the seat. The following tips are helpful to keep in mind when you're behind the wheel, and they may save you the trouble and embarrassment of locking your keys in the car. We created them from both our and our customers' experiences.

Check Every Door

The first thing you want to do when you think you've locked your keys in the car is to try to open all the doors. There is no harm in trying it. Depending on cars’ make, model and year, keys work differently. You won’t be able to lock your key fob inside a vehicle simply because it will “know” that the key is still inside. The older car keys might easily be locked inside. The newer your keys are, the lower your chances of getting stuck outside. However, locking key fobs and smart car keys inside might be possible in case of some malfunction.
car key in a closed car
car key in a closed car

Hide a spare key on the outside of your vehicle

If your keys are locked in your car and you’ve already checked all the doors, then what else can you do? In this case, your only chance to get into your vehicle is a spare key. Hiding a spare key somewhere outside the car may be the wisest of ideas if everything is done correctly and your car key hiding place is intelligently chosen. There are many products specifically designed to hide keys in the car. When placing the key, don't use the obvious places one would think of, as these are the first places a thief might think of as well. Below you will find some suggestions on where you may hide your keys:
  • Behind the front license plate

    Usually, the most obvious hiding place is the least predictable. That's why keeping a spare key behind the license plate is a good idea. You may even purchase a special container to hide the license plate to do it neatly and keep your key safe.

  • Behind the bumper

    That is a common and widely known hiding place. So you have to be very careful and even a bit more creative if you’ve decided that this is the right place to hide your keys. In this scenario you may use a special hiding box as well, since a car’s bumper isn’t the cleanest and most protected place in the world.

  • Inside the gas tank hatch

    This method is very similar to the previous ones. Use adhesive tape to fasten the key securely and ensure that the gas tank lid closes properly and the key remains unnoticed.

car keys in cylinder
car keys in cylinder

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Keep a key with you

One common scenario is putting your keys on the seat and forgetting about them. The first rule is to never leave your keys in the car when you get out. Even if you’re getting out just for a few seconds. Always put them in your pocket or purse, or at least keep them handy. You also may get yourself a carabiner clip to attach the key to your belt.

Have a locksmith's number

This method is about resolving the problem rather than preventing it. The last option is to have a locksmith's number, just in case, saved on your phone. This way, if your car keys are locked in the car, the dispatcher will take your call and direct you to the technician who specializes in automotive locksmith services. This method is reliable because, using our company as an example, Sure Lock & Key works 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Our locksmith will arrive as soon as possible, and you won't have to wait long to get your keys out of a locked car.
closed car interior
closed car interior

Summing Up

In summation, there are many ways to avoid locking your car keys in your car. There are also a number of ways to save the situation. You can make spare keys or call a locksmith. Even if you accidentally lock your keys inside, it’s not a tragedy. There’s nothing to panic about and no need to blame yourself because it’s an accident and as we all know accidents do happen and their very nature is to be unpredictable. We at Sure Lock & Key help people get inside their cars daily, and we would be happy to help you if needed. After All, it’s our job.

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