Locked out of the car? Angry? Cool down, you're not alone
EXASPERATED cries of frustration have echoed throughout Toowoomba car parks this month as drivers realise they have locked themselves out of their cars.
Excuses include being distracted while exiting the vehicle to gusts of wind blowing the door shut unexpectedly.
Whatever the reason, figures released by RACQ have shown it has happened in the Toowoomba region at least 41 times since the start of the month.
We are seeing more and more of these occurrences as people move towards remote locking systems in their cars
The local figures are part of a state-wide increase in the number of calls for assistance the motoring body has received for the frustrating issue.
There have been more than 1000 callouts state-wide, breaking down to about 125 a day.
RACQ technical and safety policy executive manager Steve Spalding said electronic locking devices and high-tech car security systems had largely been blamed for the chaos.
"We are seeing more and more of these occurrences as people move towards remote locking systems in their cars," Mr Spalding said.
"When keys are locked in a car, it is usually a very simple mistake where the locking device has been clicked, or keys have accidentally been dropped in the car and the door closed, automatically locking the car."
Mr Spalding said the easiest way to avoid locking your keys in the car was to carry them in your pocket or handbag.
"We have found that it is when people hold them in their hands (that) they fall into trouble.
"The best thing to do is to put them somewhere safe where the locking device cannot be clicked until you are ready to drive home."
Calls for assistance:
- May 1: 3
- May 2: 4
- May 3: 3
- May 4: 5
- May 5: 4
- May 6: 5
- May 7: 5
- May 8: 5
- May 9: 7