• Being locked out of your car

    When You Get Locked Out of Your Car

    Your mama probably told you there would be difficult days in the course of your life. You’re going to get cavities and stub your toe. Your kid is going to throw up in his bed in the middle of the night, and you’re going to accidentally press send on a text that you didn’t intend to send.

    One of these days, if it hasn’t happened already, you are going to get locked out of your car. If you have a Washington D.C., Maryland, or specifically Baltimore lockout, we have the solution for you. If you live elsewhere in the country, you’re on your own.

    Here are some things to consider if you lock your keys in your car in Baltimore.

    1. React calmly.

    The first thing you should do is to freak out.

    Sorry, we’re just trying to be funny, but “freaking out” is usually the first thing people do when they realize they are locked out of their vehicles. What we should actually do is to take a deep breath and remain calm. Access your surroundings and make sure you are in a safe situation.

    2. Recheck all the doors.

    Before you go into full panic mode, calmly double-check all the doors and windows of the car. Even check the trunk. Some vehicles allow you to access the cab of the car through the trunk, so this isn’t a dumb idea. Once you have confirmed that the vehicle is indeed locked tight, you can move on to the next step.

    3. Where are the kids and the pets?

    Locking your keys in the car is inconvenient and embarrassing, but it can turn into an emergency situation if an infant, small child, or animal is left in the vehicle. If this has happened, call 911. If it is extremely hot outside, start looking for something to use to break the window.

    Breaking a car window is difficult, but it is not impossible. Try to find something sharp, such as a large rock, a hammer, or even a golf club. Go to the farthest window from the child or animal, and hit the edge of the window forcefully.

    If you don’t have a child or an animal in the car, count your blessings and begin to think of other strategies to get back on the road.

    4. Do you have a spare key?

    Most of us have spare keys to our vehicles, but many of us may have a difficult time remembering where they are stored.

    Another problem with having a spare is that it may be inside your locked house. If your car keys are locked inside the car, then more than likely your house key is too.

    If a spare key is not available, you may have to go to plan B. Or C. Actually, let’s just call it step 5.

    5. Assess whether you are able to break into your vehicle on your own.

    Although we haven’t looked, we are sure the internet is full of advice on how to break into a car. Some websites claim that the combination of a blood pressure cuff and a wire hanger will get you into any locked vehicle. Oddly enough, most people don’t keep those tools on their bodies. Instead, their blood pressure cuffs and wire hangers are probably locked in the trunk of the car along with other handy tools like a turkey baster and dog whistle.

    6. Call All Maryland Recovery and Tow.

    If you, a child, or an animal is not in a dangerous situation, and you left your wire hanger at home, call All Maryland Recovery and Tow.

    Yes, we know that “locksmith” isn’t in our name, but we are experts in all sorts of emergency roadside situations. Even though “tire change” is not in our name, we can do that for you as well. In fact, we do a lot of things besides towing an inoperable vehicle. We will also try to figure out why your car is unusable in the first place. If it’s an easy fix, we will take care of it for you so you can be on your way.

    Our number is 443-829-2934, and we answer our phone 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We will assist you in unlocking your car during a severe winter storm or on the hottest summer day.

    Remember, if you have children or pets in the car, call 911. For any other lockout, call us. We will have you on your way in a jiffy.

    This article was originally posted at Maryland Recovery and Towing!