Locking yourself out of your car at 2 a.m. (or any other time) is not a favorable situation to be in. You can be a target for those wishing to rob you, harm you, or others can be in harm’s way. There are a number of courses of action that can and should be taken after locking your keys in your car.
When to call 911 after locking your keys in your car
Calling for emergency assistance might sound silly at first. Calling 911 without reason to report an emergency can result in a fine. However, there are a number of situations in which locking your keys in your car warrants emergency assistance.
One common scenario is when parents accidentally lock young children in the car. Often, parents are trying to juggle about a dozen different things when trying to get going. After putting a little one in his or her car seat, parents frequently accidentally lock the keys in the car along with the baby. Not only is a child’s safety due cause for emergency response, but it is imperative to a young child’s well-being. You will not be charged with a crime for accidentally locking a child and keys in your car. However, you can face serious charges if you fail to report such an incident and your child is harmed as a result.
What not to do after locking your keys in your car
Do not panic. One of the worst things you can do is lose your cool. Stay calm and think clearly. Do not break a car window. Fixing a broken window will likely cost much more than calling a locksmith. In addition, a broken window can be an invitation for a myriad of unwanted problems. You can have your car or parts of your car (i.e. your car radio) stolen, vermin can decide to call your car home and destroy your car’s interior, or inclement weather conditions can cause a number of lasting car problems.
Never accept a ride from a stranger. Many people who stop and offer help have good intentions, but some might not. When in a safe place, call a locksmith and wait by your car. If you feel that you are not in a safe place, make arrangements for a locksmith to call you when he or she is a few minutes away while you wait in a safe place such as a convenience store or well-lit area.
Always keep safety in mind when locking your keys in your car. Stay calm and collected so that you take the most appropriate course of action.