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Locking your keys in the car is a sad reality that can happen to the best of us. If the situation does occur one must remain calm and also recognize that things can be worse. Losing your keys when you are out and about and not knowing where they are at all is much worse. During a car lockout one must appreciate the fact they know where their key is and that getting the key out is not rocket science. Losing your cool and getting yourself riled up about the situation will not help you get back on the road.

Before we get into how a locksmith can easily get your problem solved without causing any damage to your vehicle we will discuss the emergency situation. What do you do if you have a kind locked in the car or any other emergency situation that will not allow you to wait for a locksmith? In this case you can either try to pick the lock yourself or break the window open. If you have no experience picking locks or sliding thin objects like hangers and the such into the interior door you will probably have to break the window. Breaking the window will almost always guarantee shattered glass that can cut you. One must make sure to cover any areas that can be exposed to broken glass that would hurt them. The good news is that most locksmith services work 24 hours and can arrive at your car within 10-30 minutes on average. In most cases it is obviously advisable to call in the professional.

Make sure you make the location, make, and color of your vehicle clear to the locksmith service. In busy cities like NYC or LA it can be a nightmare to find the vehicle in trouble. Once your serviceman arrives he will take out his “slim jim” and maneuver it into the lock button without damaging your vehicle. Most of the time the lock contractor will have a “direct hit” with the slim jim onto the lock. This will cause the lock to pop open easily and you will be on your way.

In conclusion, getting locked out of your car or what’s knows as a “car lockout’ situation is not that threatening. One must remain calm and be a little patient and everything will turn out fine. One must also recognize that a short wait and $50-100 for service is really not the end of the world. Rest assure that in almost all cases the lockout service will be able to unlock the car and get you your key in no time.