Three Steps to Take When You're Locked Out Of Your Car

Finding yourself locked out of your car can be a highly stressful situation. Frustration, stress, and that urgent appointment that awaits you can all combine to leave you feeling helpless and desperate, but don't panic; take a moment to read the three steps below to help you get out of this difficult situation.

Take a breath

Dwelling on the problem and kicking yourself over your carelessness is the natural human response to the situation that you find yourself in; it is not, however, a useful response. Get this part out of the way as quickly as possible, take a breath, make any necessary calls and cancel any imminent appointments so that you can deal with your situation without all of that background noise. For a better approach to stressful situations of all shapes and sizes, take a minute to familiarise yourself with the box breathing technique. This technique, also known as 'Square breathing', has been scientifically proven to lower anxiety and improve focus.

Call a professional

There are a large number of guides online suggesting a DIY approach to locksmithing, using anything from a shoelace to a coat hanger. While this may sound appealing, the unfortunate reality of the situation is that you are much more likely to damage your car than get yourself inside of it with any of these methods, and you will likely waste a significant amount of time in the process. Avoid the temptation to tackle the problem alone, and contact a professional auto locksmith as soon as possible. Professional locksmiths carry a vast array of specialised tools to get you out of your difficult situation quickly and painlessly without causing unnecessary harm to your vehicle.

Shop around

Now that you have accepted that you cannot get out of your situation alone, avoid running to the first locksmith that you find for help. Look for online reviews of local locksmith services, and always ask for a quote in advance of their arrival. If you're locked out of your car in the middle of the night, you may need to contact a 24-hour service. A 24-hour service may be more difficult to find, but they are out there. Ensure that the professional that you contact meets the licensing laws for locksmiths in your state and that they are competitively priced. Make sure they have a high standard of work and ethics within the locksmithing profession. Good luck!