You may remember the times when cars had proper metal keys and you had to unlock each door manually, including the trunk and gas cap. Nowadays, more companies are producing auto-lock cars. Then came power locks and you only had to unlock one door and all the rest opened automatically.
For years now, keyless entry is standard across the model range and the autolocking feature is quite common even in some modest models. Most of the premium models today have a keyless entry and start option in which you only need to have the key in your pocket and the car automatically opens all the doors and lets you start the engine by pushing the button, not physically pushing the key into the dashboard.
These are all very convenient and advanced but also can be very problematic. Here are some problems that may arise from driving an auto-lock car!
1) Forgetting a key inside the car
One of the most common mistakes is when you forget your key inside of the car and you exit the vehicle. It will automatically lock itself in a matter of seconds and there is no way you can enter it.
The most elegant solution is to find the second key you got when you bought the car, but what to do if the second key is in your house and you are hundreds of miles away?
Basically, nothing. You could either call the official dealer which can open the car with their software and tools, or call somebody to bring you the second key.
We do not recommend you trying to open the doors using force or breaking the windows because it will trigger the alarm and you will look like you’re trying to steal the car in which case you could have police on your back.
2) Not properly closing the doors or the trunk
Some new premium and expensive models have an auto-closing feature that automatically closes the doors.
However, most common models do not have that installed. The problem occurs when you don’t properly close the door or the trunk and you left your car parked. The auto-lock feature will engage but will fail to lock the said door.
This will not only leave your car open but it will leave the interior light on. You could experience a dead battery in the morning and somebody could enter your car.
So before you let auto-lock do its thing, check all the doors and the trunk and leave your car only then.
3) Leaving people or children inside the car
If you need to step out of the vehicle and you have passengers inside, always leave the key in the car. This way you will not lock your passengers or small children inside and leave them trapped.
This could be very dangerous if you are in a hurry and your car key is in your pocket and you have children in the back seat.
You have to remember that once you are a couple of meters away from the vehicle it will automatically lock all the doors and anybody who is in the vehicle will have to stay inside until you come back.