In a moment of crisis, the worst thing that could happen to you is not having a plan. You see, it’s the uncertainty that frightens people the most; it is the unfamiliar that they fear. Take for instance the scenario where one gets locked outside of their own car. Have you lost the key or was it stolen? Do you have the time to wait for the professionals or should you try to do something on your own? All of these questions can easily be answered for those with an outline of a plan. Here are several tips that you should hear in order to avoid panicking in the above-discussed situation.
Assess the situation
The first thing worth doing is assessing the situation. Start by looking at every single door. Who knows, you might have forgotten to close one of them. Maybe there’s a window open somewhere. On the other hand, the key itself may not be really lost. Maybe it’s still on you, in a pocket that you’ve failed to check. Then again, you might have dropped it somewhere around the vehicle. It could also be somewhere in the car in a place that you can see from the outside.
The next question you need to ask is regarding your own situation. Is there someone in the car, someone that you can’t leave inside (like a child or a beloved pet). You could also be in a hurry. For instance, you could be late for work, job interview or a date. In that situation, you need to consider the option of finding alternative transportation to the target location and deal with this situation later. Keep in mind that this decision is not an easy one to make. Seeing as how it’s highly subjective, there’s really no point in figuring out your course of action before the accident finally happens.
Locate the key
One of the things you need to consider is trying to locate the key, which shouldn’t really be that difficult. First of all, you want to establish when was the last time that you were 100 per cent sure that you had the keys. Once you know this, you can retrace where you went from that point on and start going backward. Other than this, there’s also the option of having a spare key planted somewhere on the vehicle. This is seen as something quite risky, however, it’s not nearly as insecure as you may believe it to be. In fact, there are numerous locations for you to consider.
Contact auto locksmith
The next thing you need to consider is contacting the right locksmith. In a scenario where you don’t have the spare key and can’t find your regular key, the only thing left to do is to find a reliable auto locksmith. No, a regular locksmith won’t do, what you need is a specialist. Going for the lowest price will usually result in a copy that is of inferior quality. This means that they will last substantially longer, which means that you might cause an even greater problem, further down the line.
Breaking the window
While this is something that you should try to avoid resorting to, there are some scenarios in which such a thing is unavoidable. In this particular scenario, you need to figure out the best way to do so. What this means is that you should look for a way to minimize the damage to the car, as well as minimize the hazard to any involved party. You need to reduce the likelihood that you, yourself, will get injured in the process. Generally speaking, back windows are easier to break and, for maximum effectiveness, you should target around the edges, not aim at the centre.
As you can see, there are so many things that you can do instead of panicking. Even when breaking the window, which is supposed to be the last resort, you need to devise a plan of approach. In either way, you need to assess the situation, consider your options and pick the optimal solution. Now that you know what your options are, this task becomes somewhat easier to complete.