Most of us have been locked out of our vehicles at some point. And if you haven’t then there is a good chance that you may be faced with this scary situation in the future. To ease some of your panic if you do ever get locked out of your car, all you have to do is watch this video and follow some simple rules. Oh, and it helps to have shoelaces or string on you at all times. First of all, you will need a roll of string.
If you don’t have that handy, a thin shoelace should do the trick. Watch the video below to learn how to make an appropriate knot that will allow you to gain entry into your vehicle. You may want to practice this a few times so you have it perfected in the event that a lockout really does occur.
The end of your fancy knot should have a small loop that is about the width of your index finger.
Once you have your string tied correctly, you are going to shimmy it in through the corner of the driver’s side window. This will be the right side of the window. There is usually a point at the corner, which will allow you to maneuver the string inside the door.
When the string is partially inside the window, you will use both hands to move it in a seesaw motion, which will slowly move the string further down the window and closer to where the inside lock is. This part of the process may take some intense concentration because you will want to move it so the loop in the string is heading toward the lock.
Next, you will use your best aim to get the loop over the lock and as you are doing this you’ll start to pull the ends of the string so the loop tightens around the lock. When you feel like the loop is secure around the lock, you will gently pull up on it, which should naturally unlock the car door. The key to this part is to be gentle and cautious before you make any quick movements. All it takes is one too-fast move and you’ll have to start all over again. And let’s face it, there is a good chance that you are already late for something so you’ll want to save as much time as possible.
This is a handy little tip to have in what can be a very challenging and scary situation. If you’ve been locked out of your car when you have to be somewhere it can be a panicky moment, especially if your wallet or purse is stuck in the car as well. You will want a trick like this to get you back in action as soon as possible.
Commenters noticed that this trick will only work on certain cars, as the design of vehicle locks is constantly changing…
“Works only with old cars with a button like that.”
And some had advice on where else to hide a key…
“I use a key….. joking aside this wouldn’t work on mine, it’s got no knob on the button. I also have a hidden key on the car.”