If you’ve been locked out of your car, you understand the dread that can set in when you peer through the window to see your keys lying on the floor mat or in your seat. While a tow truck can help you get back into your car, you can make the following personal changes to provide yourself with a backup plan should this happen again.
Ways to Prevent Being Locked Out of Your Car
1. Hide a Spare
Similar to hiding a key for your home, hiding a key for your car involves finding a creative spot. When selecting a location, think of the first seven to 10 places that come to mind. Then, search for different ones. The first few spots would be obvious for anyone, so hide your key somewhere unique but memorable. Don’t use a magnetic box in the wheel well or undercarriage; this is a common, well-known tactic.
2. Lock Doors From the Outside
If you’re used to locking your doors from the inside as you exit the vehicle, change your habit to locking them with the fob once you’re outside the car. This will keep you from accidentally leaving your keys in the seat or the ignition since you need the fob to engage the security system.
3. Carry an Extra Key
Keep a key on your person, such as in your purse or wallet. This convenient location will prevent you from having to call a tow truck in the event of a lockout. If you want to hide your key in your purse, use a hidden pouch or hide it in a crowded compartment. You can also stash a key in a pack of gum or a package of tissues.
Since 1966, Engel’s Auto Service & Towing has been helping residents around Cincinnati, OH, with all of their vehicular problems. They provide a 24-hour emergency service, so no matter where you are or what your trouble is, these licensed professionals will be on their way. To call for a tow truck or roadside assistance, dial (513) 385-8246. Find out more about their shop and services online.