Today I had the unfortunate experience whereby I locked all three of the keys inside my vehicle. Very embarrassing, I know. Still trying to figure out why/how this happened. Fortunately, it was a beautiful day, I was in the middle of a corn field, and I didn't have anywhere to be. So I had plenty of time to figure this out.
It got me thinking, though, about what I would do if I was in a less desirable environment when this occurred, i.e. a shady urban area, being pursued, unfavorable weather, or (most likely) running late for something.
As a rescue squad technician, I know exactly how to gain access to locked vehicles. However, in that particular corn field, I didn't have any of the tools I needed. I tried using a wire coathanger to hit the lock several times, with several different thicknesses of wire. All I managed to do was destroy the rubber weather seal between the door and the body. Eventually, roadside assistance showed up with the tools I needed, and I was back in the vehicle within a minute.
This is the first time I've ever been locked out of my vehicle, and it will probably be the last. But, just to play it safe, I want to take a much more proactive approach to this situation. I've already decided my next vehicle will have keyless entry. But in the meantime, I've been thinking of concealing a key somewhere on the exterior of the vehicle, or attaching forcible entry tools to the undercarriage. But I'm sure there's a better way. I thought of using lockpicks as well, but I wasn't sure if/how a car lock could be picked.
What do you recommend, and how would/did you handle being locked out of your vehicle?