Tips for Winter Car Lockouts

Tips for Winter Car Lockouts

Nobody enjoys getting locked out of their car for any reason, but getting locked out of your car in the winter can make a typical lockout much more severe. You can experience anything from hypothermia to frostbite while waiting for your car to be unlocked. In addition, being out on the roads in snowy conditions can be very dangerous. No matter what the conditions are, at Keyed In LLC, we understand that getting you back into your vehicle or home is extremely important, which is why we offer 24-hour locksmith services. While you are waiting for us to arrive, here are some tips for you to follow.

Don’t attempt to get back in

Unless you have an emergency where you have to gain access to the inside of your car right away and break a window, don’t hesitate to give us at Keyed In LLC a call to assist you. You can spend precious time and energy trying to get a hook or wire down to your door locks on your own. Don’t expose yourself to potentially dangerous conditions outside trying to get in. Call a professional locksmith.

Alert a trusted locksmith

When you call a locksmith to get back into your car, be sure that you mention the severity of the situation. Let your locksmith know if you are on a busy road, don’t have a coat, or if you have small children that are also in the car. An emergency with a strong priority will be taken more seriously when there can be negative consequences. There are sometimes cases where the situation is so serious that a locksmith will actually call the police to inform them of your situation.

Seek shelter

If roads are bad, then it may take awhile to reach your car. If you are forced to seek shelter, leave something decorative that will stand out on the vehicle, perhaps a scarf or glove if you seek shelter far away from your vehicle. If you are not around any buildings then you should find a large tree to stand under, but if you are near a building then wait in the lobby until help arrives. If you are locked out during a winter storm, get away from your vehicle in case there are other cars on the road that can potentially lose control. Be sure that you call your locksmith to offer directions while waiting and also alert them if you end up leaving your car.

We believe that your safety is always our priority. Our highly skilled locksmiths are available at any time to ensure that you get back to doing what is important. From automobiles, to homes, to businesses, we are here to assist you! The stress that comes along with a lockout will be quickly become a thing of the past with us at Keyed In LLC.


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Washington, DC / July 10, 2012 / AngiesList.com

“The bolt was stuck. Locksmith had to remove the entire lock and replace. The locksmith answered and provided same day service, which is a plus. Locksmith was punctual and very helpful. He came prepared to work and provide service quickly.” — Lisa Smiley


August 18, 2012 / AngiesList.com

“A saferoom door deadbolt lock was installed. The locksmith selected the lock capable of providing maximum protection, installed it masterfully, and removed all evidence of debris. He did this within a half hour with the utmost professionalism. Outstanding experience. I would strongly recommend this locksmith and will use him again.” — Jonathan Emord


20 Feb 2013 / Customer Lobby

“I called Keyed In and they came over immediately to assess the damage. Unfortunately, my front door handle is a "specialty" handle and had to be ordered. Keyed In worked with me to find the cheapest handle and worked around my schedule to come back to my house (9pm) to do the repairs once the new handle came in. They were professional, friendly and very knowledgeable. I would definitely use them again and recommend them to anyone in need of a locksmith.” — Kory Dubayau


16 May 2013 / Customer Lobby

“Great experience, great company. I would highly recommend. I needed a lock replaced on the door leading out to my deck. The door is very heavy and the lock very old and it was stuck. Keyed In came out and said they could replace it. The guy gave me three options - a low price option, a middle price options, and a high price option. He then noticed that the handle on my screen door was broken. I thought I would have to replace the entire door but he said he could fix it for me. So not only did he do a great job with the door but he also saved me from having to buy and entire new screen door. It was a great experience.” — Dorothy Shildes


1/29/2014 / Yelp

“Foster Property Management in Washington DC has used Keyed In for the past 6 months. They are responsive, efficient and most of all cost effective. As a property manager, our business is based on the quality of our vendors. Keyed In is the best in the business and we appreciate them as part of the vendor team.” — Jean P.