The summer is in full force here in Colorado! Many of us are taking to our vehicles to see the stateís beauty. Some may travel up Pikes Peak, many will go to places such as Vail or Salida, and even more folks will travel by vehicle out of state. It is wise to plan, plan and do some more planning for your time away. It is wise to have safety kits (which we reported on to you months ago) along with good vehicle pre-trip maintenance. However, there is a common hassle many of us experience while on the road, and we want to provide you with tips to avoid a headache we could all experience: locking keys in a vehicle by accident!
The odds are youíll lock your keys in the car sometime, and those odds are on the increase Ė probably more than you know. The American Automobile Association (AAA) reports that it gets calls from more than 4,000,000 locked-out motorists every year. SO if this happens to you, just know you arenít alone!
With the kids running around scenic spots in CO, or many other pre-drive distractions a possibility, you might be even more likely to lock yourself out. Hereís what you can do to stay calm and get help on the way according to AAA Ė a trusted brand for decades:
1. Dial 911
Safety comes first; so donít hesitate to call 911 if you think youíre in danger. In many cases, the police can unlock the carís door. If they canít, they will probably call a tow truck, which will be on your tab, of course. But at least youíll be safe.
2. Call for roadside assistance
Hereís when those annual auto-club fees really pay off. AAA, Allstate, and other organizations that provide roadside service can quickly get you inside, though it could take a while for them to reach you. If you donít subscribe to such a service, you might still be in luck. Most new cars come with roadside assistance during the basic warranty period Ė yes, they do at Perkins. Your ownerís manual should have the details, but of course thatís locked in the car with the keys. The number to call might be posted on a window decal. If it isnít, you can get the details by calling a dealership. To be prepared, you should store the number in your phone or write it down on paper and keep it in your wallet or purse. What if you donít have a new car or you donít belong to a service such as AAA? Ask about adding roadside assistance to your auto-insurance policy. Also, some major highways are patrolled by trucks offering emergency aid. Keep an eye out for one.
3. Call a tow truck
If you have no free options, most towing services provide lock-out service. Call 411 for services in your area.
4. Get a temporary key
A dealer might be able to make you an inexpensive key that will open the doors (but not start your car) so that you can retrieve your permanent keys. Youíll probably need your vehicle identification number (visible through the lower edge of the driverís-side windshield) and to prove that you own the car. Of course, youíll also need a ride to the dealership. Not to worry, Perkins will come pick you up if you are stuck here in Colorado Springs!
5. Keep an extra key handy
Stash a spare key in your purse, your wallet, or a well-hidden spot on the car. You can buy a small magnetic box that can hold a key and be placed on a carís underside. Or leave a spare with someone who could rescue you.
Drive safe, prepare with safety in mind and if you lock your keys up by accident, now you have the tools to get you back on the road ASAP!
- Crystal Johnston, Director of Marketing