One of the most awkward experiences that can happen to a person is locking themselves out of their car. If children are involved, then an awkward situation can turn into a very dangerous one, especially if the child or children are locked inside a car during extreme weather conditions. The first reaction can be to panic, and frantically try to open the car doors; sometimes people who happen to be walking by will offer to help opening the car doors. Most of the time, their efforts will be in vain and the panic felt by the owner of the car can get worse.
What should a person do when they lock their keys inside the car? Well, if it is an emergency situation where there are children involved and their lives may be in danger, one must use common sense and call 9-1-1. If you live in a rural area where there is no 9-1-1 service, then call the police; chances are that they will be able to open your door within minutes.
If you have simply locked yourself out of your car, you should call AAA (American Automobile Association) if you are a member; tell them what has happened and they will send out one of their approved automotive locksmiths. You will need to pay the locksmith up front in most cases and your AAA club will reimburse you later according to your policy.
If you are not a member of a Triple A club (the other name for AAA), then you should immediately call an automotive locksmith. If you lock yourself out late at night, you’ll need to call a 24-hour locksmith. If you have a smartphone, you can search online for an appropriate locksmith. Most personal safety experts recommend that you always have the phone number of a reliable, reputable locksmith service handy at all times; either have it programmed into your phone or keep it written down on a piece of paper where it is easily accessible. Don’t forget to ask for an estimate while you’re speaking on the phone, and before the locksmith begins work on your car door, re-confirm the price so you don’t get any surprises when the work is completed.