In a hurry and your mind full of everything that needs to be done at the end of the day, it is all too easy to absentmindedly leave your keys in your car and slam the door shut behind you. Unfortunately, these situations can leave you in some fairly alarming scenarios as a driver--especially when it's late at night, but even worse if it's late at night and you are in a strange place. Even though you can always count on a local emergency locksmith to help you out, it is important that you keep a simple rule set in mind to keep you safe while you wait for a professional to arrive.
Always stay in well-lit areas.
Dark parking garages, dim-lit city streets, and desolate parking lots are not good places to hang out after dark, but if you have no other choice but to wait in these areas, make sure you stay close to the lighting. It is much better to stay visible when you are alone late at night than it is to be tucked away in the shadows.
Be sure to go inside a public place to wait if you can.
If there are stores close by that are still open, even if it is a gas station or bar, it is much better to keep yourself surrounded by people in a public place than waiting by your car in the dark alone. Just let the locksmith know where you will be waiting when they arrive or tell them to give you call when they get to your car.
Call a friend, relative, or someone nearby who may be able to wait with you.
If at all possible, get in touch with someone you know who will be willing to come to you and your car and wait with you until the locksmith arrives. When it is late at night, there is always strength in numbers and you will be less likely to see someone up to no good try to bother you if you have someone with you. If no one can make it, keep someone on the phone with you while you wait.
Don't readily trust people who stop and offer their assistance.
There are people who will always be willing to stop and help a driver who is locked out of their vehicle, but late at night especially, it may not be a good idea to be trusting when people approach and offer their aid. If someone does stop and offer to help, kindly let them know that a locksmith is on the way and maybe even tell them that you have someone waiting on you just around the corner.
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26 December 2015
Letting your tween stay home alone for the first time may be an exciting experience for them, but it likely makes you a little worried. To give yourself some peace of mind and to help protect your tween while home alone, it’s a good idea to create a safety kit and store it in a safe place that can be accessed from outside of the house, like in a locked box in the garage, that can be used in case of emergencies. The kit should include first-aid items, emergency phone numbers, and even a prepaid cell phone. You should also have your locksmith change all of the locks for a fresh start and make two copies of the new keys for your tween – one to keep with them at all times, and one to hide outside in case the first is lost.