If you have ever locked yourself out of your vehicle, you know just how frustrating it can be. Luckily, there are steps that you can take to help avoid locking yourself out of your car. Follow these tips, and you can help prevent this common -- and annoying! -- issue.
1. Make a Few Spares
If you don't have a couple of spare keys for your car, you are asking for trouble. It can be expensive to have these keys made at the dealership -- especially if you have a newer-model car that has a key with a chip -- but you can often have it done more affordably if you hire a locksmith. It's a good idea to have a key tucked in your wallet or purse in case you lock your keychain in the car. You may also want to give one to a family member or trusted neighbor -- then, if you lock your keys and your wallet or purse in the car, you'll know who to go to for another key. There are also small magnetic boxes that you can attach to the bottom of your car -- near the tire -- so that you can let yourself into your car if you lock yourself out.
2. Always Use Your Remote
If your car has a remote, get in the habit of using it to lock and unlock your car. Then, you won't be in the habit of using the interior lock, and you'll be a lot less likely to lock yourself out if you don't have your keys and remote in your hands when you get out of the vehicle.
3. Use the Right Type of Keychain
If you use a lanyard keychain that you wear around your neck or a bracelet-style keychain that you wear around your wrist, you may be less likely to lock your keys in your car. This is because you'll have your key attached to you when it's pulled from the ignition, so there is less of a chance of you laying them down somewhere while retrieving things from your car before you get out.
It can be easy to lock your keys in the car, but if you follow these tips, you can be less likely to do it. Then, you don't have to worry about the aggravation of getting back into your vehicle or the cost of hiring a locksmith.