20,000 Queenslanders caught locked out of car: RACQ

The State’s peak motoring body has revealed, in just the past six months, almost 20,000 Queensland drivers have been caught out accidentally locking themselves out of the car.

RACQ spokesperson Lucinda Ross said on average, its Roadside Assistance patrols had responded to 104 lockouts per day since August.  

“Locking your keys in the car is a mishap that happens more regularly than you might think, and it can really be a frustrating way to start or finish a busy day,” Ms Ross said. 

"We find the most common ways motorists get caught out are when people accidentally lock their keys inside the boot or when automatic re-locking systems in cars aren’t triggered by the back door being opened.

“If you do find yourself in this position, the first thing you should do is check to see if you can get in through any of the doors or windows and try to locate your spare key. Otherwise call us on 13 1111. 

“Our patrols are highly skilled in gaining access to cars quickly and efficiently to make sure you’re back on the road as fast as possible.”

Ms Ross said if your child or pet became locked in the car, to contact RACQ immediately. 

“These cases where children and pets are involved obviously become our highest priority and, wherever possible, we’ll send the nearest two patrols to attend, to ensure the fastest and safest possible response,” she said. 

"Every day we rescue on average three children from locked cars in Queensland, so if you find yourself in this stressful situation and have any fears for the safety and wellbeing of the child you should always contact emergency services.

“We know it can be tempting to give your child a set of keys to play with, but the best way to avoid a lockout is to keep your keys on you at all times.”