Locking yourself out of your car is a stressful experience, but with the right steps and a little guidance, you can get back on the road quicker than you think. First things first: Stay calm as panicking can cloud your judgement. So take a deep breath and assess the situation. Next, double-check the situation to make sure you’re definitely locked out, then search for any spare keys that you might own. If this fails, it could be time to call in the professionals. 


Before resorting to more drastic measures, double-check all doors, windows, and the boot. You might be surprised to find one unlocked and it could save you from an embarrassing situation should the professionals turn up!

Spare Key to The Rescue

Do you have a spare key tucked away somewhere safe? This is your golden ticket! Check your wallet, purse, a trusted friend or family member’s place, or wherever you normally keep it.

Roadside Assistance

Many insurance policies and automobile associations offer roadside assistance, which often includes lockout services. If you’re a member, give them a call – they’ll be able to help you get back in your vehicle quickly and efficiently.

Should I Use DIY Methods?

When looking for help online it’s common to see DIY methods for reopening your car. However, these methods are not foolproof and can damage your car if done incorrectly. We would never recommend attempting to reopen your car yourself, unless you are trained and have the right tools on hand. 

Call a Professional

Calling in a professional locksmith is always the safest option and the route everyone should take if all else fails. They have the expertise and tools to unlock your car quickly and without damage.

Prevention is Key

To avoid future lockouts, consider these preventative measures:

  • Always carry a spare key: Keep a spare key in a safe place that you can easily access, like a wallet, purse, or trusted friend/family member’s home.
  • Invest in a key organiser: This helps keep your keys organised and easily accessible.
  • Consider a keyless entry system: Modern keyless entry systems can eliminate the risk of lockouts altogether.

Rutherfords: Your Key Security Partner

At Rutherfords, we offer a wide range of high-quality keys and automotive security solutions to help you keep your vehicle safe and secure. We also have a team of experts who can advise you on the best way to prevent lockouts and keep your keys organised.

Remember, if you ever find yourself locked out of your car, don’t panic! Follow these steps, and contact Rutherfords are here to help you get back on the road quickly and safely.