Monday, December 14, 2015

Don't Find yourself Locked Out of Your Car

We are hearing more and more stories in the news about car lockouts.  Some of these stories involve heroes and some have tragic endings.

One thing is for sure and that is that we all seem to have so many things on our minds these days that we tend to become forgetful and less careful with the things we don’t believe we need to think about. Locking a car is what most of us consider a “no brainer” and that means that we don’t even give it a second thought.  We can get out the car, lock the door with the push of a button and walk away without looking back.

But, what happens when we’re busy doing a bunch of other things at the same time?  We get out the car while talking on the phone or texting and searching our bags for something we need, and then we notice that something we usually do on “autopilot” has gone wrong. Somehow the key has been locked inside the car.

In this day of multitasking we are all so busy all the time that these things happen so easily. Locking your keys in the car can sometimes simply be a pain, but when a child is locked in the car that is a game changer. Of course you can call a car locksmith who will probably get there quickly, especially if you tell them about the circumstances, but even a minute is too long for a child to be locked in a car. In less drastic scenarios it could be your melting groceries locked in the car, or you might be locked out in the cold and dark.  Whatever the case, car lockout is really something that you want to prevent.

Once you realize how common car lockouts are you might want to start thinking about how you can prevent this from happening to you.  Of course you can always try to open the car yourself, which might cause some damage, or call a locksmith for help, which will cost you money, so it’s best to plan ahead.

It’s a good idea to have someone keep a spare key for you in case you lose yours or lock it in the car.  This will only work if this person is close enough to be able to bring the key to you quickly if you ever need it.  Another thing you can do is make sure that you always keep your key in a pants pocket and not in a bag or coat pocket which can easily be tossed into the car and left there by mistake.  Or even always keep a spare key with you in a different place to the original.

If you want to go hi-tech there are a couple of additional solutions.  Today you can find apps which enable you to open your car doors using your cell phone.  And, some car manufacturers, such as Tesla, can remotely unlock your door if you find yourself locked out of your car.

Doc Tow is a leading San Diego towing company that prides itself on being available to the local population whenever roadside assistance is needed. Whether you have broken down and need a quick, reliable tow, need roadside assistance or a car locksmith to help you out of a lockout situation Doc Tow is always available to help out.  Our team is out on the San Diego roads 24/7, every day, come rain or come shine. To learn more about Doc Tow and the towing and roadside services we provide, please visit our website.

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