It can be both awkward and embarrassing if you’ve ever gotten locked out of your car or home. If you’ve left the oven on at home or have locked your car with the key still in the ignition and the engine still running, you know how stressful and time-consuming these situations can be. It’s best to take some precautions to avoid locking yourself out of your car or home in the future. We list some tips so you can avoid any future inconvenience.
Whether you keep your keys in your pocket or purse, make a habit of routinely checking to see you have everything you need before leaving home. Studies suggest that if you do something continuously for 30 days, it becomes a habit and a part of your routine. Check for car keys before you close the car door to avoid locking yourself out of the car. Checking for keys does not have to take a long time – just a quick look in your purse or pocket will do. This technique will ensure that you never leave without your keys.
Carry Lock Picks
Another way to stop locking yourself out is to carry a set of lock picks – if you know how to use them. The aim of keeping a lock pick with you is to avoid locking yourself out and also to help anyone else who has. You need to get permission from the state to carry a lock pick. Of course, you should only ever pick the lock if you have permission from the owner (of the house or car) to do so. Keep in mind that there will be some locks that you won’t be able to pick. You may know how to open a locked car door, but don’t try too hard – you might damage the lock in your struggle to get inside.
Carry A Bump Key
Bump keys help you out in situations like locked keys in the car or a broken key in the lock. You can use one if you don’t have a lock pick, or if carrying one is not a good idea. It should do the trick, but if you need a hammer to strike it with, then it’s better that you practice beforehand so that you can use it in an emergency situation. You may want to keep the bump key hidden because if someone stumbles upon it and doesn’t know how to work it, they may damage your lock, trying.
Carry A Duplicate Key
This is a good way never to get locked out again. Keep a duplicate key for home or your car. You can store it with a friend or a neighbor in case you ever get locked out. Try to avoid keeping the key under the doormat – anyone can find it there. You can even sew the duplicate key to your wallet or under a potted plant. Keep your spare key well-hidden or with someone you trust.
Keep Track Of Your Keys
One way to stop locking yourself out is to keep track of your keys. If you have to run back home to get something, don’t leave the keys lying on the table. Always switch the engine off and take your key out when you stop, to avoid locking the keys in the car. Make sure that your keys are not in the open or with any stranger, to the best of your ability. Knowing where your keys are will help you when you need them.
Call a Locksmith
When everything else fails, the last way to never get locked out again is to call a locksmith. These professionals know how to open a locked car door or residential/commercial doors. Make sure you have the number of a reliable and trustworthy local locksmith on your phone in case of any emergency. These experts will make sure to open your doors without damaging your lock.