Roadside Emergency Tips – Locked Keys in Car

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So you are having a good conversation with someone on the phone or in person as you exit the vehicle. Without thinking, you push the lock button and close the door. Just as soon as you hear the door close, it hits you. Your keys are still in the car.

Another scenario, you are in a hurry loading your trunk with groceries. Your hands are full so without thinking, you put the keys down in the trunk. You finish loading the car and close the trunk. Isn’t it funny how fast the realization of what just happened comes to you when you hear the noise of the trunk closing? Don’t worry, you are not the only one. This happens more often than not.

Preventative Tips To Help Prevent Lock Out

There are a few habits that you can develop to ensure not getting locked out of the car. Put these into practice and locking your keys in the car will be a thing of the past. There are also handy gadgets you can pick up that can help as well.

Spare Key – It’s not just for the other people that may operate your vehicle. Make a spare key and place it in your wallet or purse. Clip it in if possible to ensure that it stays put. You can also have a spare key that you keep somewhere at home in a safe place. There are magnetic boxes made for keeping spare keys that you can attach to your vehicle in a hidden area. If you are using the magnetic box to hide your key, you want to make sure that it is out of site and not in a place that will get knocked off if you bottom out.

Retractable Key Chain – This is my personal favorite. a retractable key chain will usually have a clip that you can clip onto a belt loop or onto your purse. Simply unlock the door or trunk and let go. This is the perfect preventative device for people that are always in a hurry.

Use The Remote – If you have a remote unlock/lock for your vehicle, use it to lock the vehicle after you exit. Don’t lock your vehicle manually. If you exit the vehicle and leave the keys in the car, you will know right away when you go to push the button to lock it. Since you are not locking it manually anymore, you’ll be glad that you developed this habit.

Hand To Pocket or Purse – Get in the habit of taking the key out of the ignition and placing them directly in your pocket or purse. Or if you have the retractable key ring, clip them where you normally clip them. It is really easy to place the keys on the seat next to you especially when having a conversation or listening to something on the radio that you are really interested in.

Prevent Lock Out

Each method above is a great way to prevent having a bad day. It is easy to be distracted but creating good habits will help you to prevent getting locked out of your vehicle. Hopefully this has helped and you don’t end up looking through the window of your vehicle at your keys.

If you have found this to be helpful, please like and share (especially if you know someone that locks their keys in the car more than occasionally). If you do lock your keys in the car, don’t worry, it happens. You can always call Ron May Towing and Recovery. We have a professional tool kit specifically designed for auto lockouts. Each vehicle requires a different tool to protect the customers vehicle while getting them back into their car and on their way safely. See more about our Lock Out Service on our website.

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Roadside Emergency Tips – Locked Keys in Car

Roadside Emergency Tips – Out of Gas


So when driving down the road, the car cuts off, a quick look at the gas gauge shows that the needle is buddying up with the “E” peg. Not a good sight to see.

Never a good thing to happen but there are a few things that one can do to keep the situation from turning into a worse situation. Here are a few safety tips to follow if the vehicle ever runs out of gas.


First things first, try and get to the shoulder of the road as safely as possible. If you are not able to get to the shoulder, turn your hazard lights on and call 911. Let them know that you are stuck in the middle of the roadway. They can come and help block traffic to get your car off of the road. Turning on your hazard lights will bring to the attention of other drivers the presence of a disabled vehicle earlier than just coming up on it. This helps decrease the chance of something happening keeping you and the passengers safe.


Especially if you are on the freeway, do not chance getting out of the car and walking to the nearest gas station. Use a lifeline and call a friend. It’s not worth taking the risk. There are too many things that can go wrong from distracted drivers and unfortunately, drivers under the influence. Calling a friend is the best bet.

If not on the freeway and it is late at night, be safe and take advantage of that lifeline again and call a friend. This way, someone knows where you are and what the situation is. They can come to the rescue if they are able. The main important thing here is to let someone know what is going on and your location.


If you are not able to get a friend to come to help you, there are services that can bring you fuel. Ron May Towing & Recovery offers such a service. Our drivers can come out and bring you enough fuel to get you to the next gas station and get you out of the middle of the road. This is a very safe and wise option.

Thank you for reading our safety tips on what to do if your car runs out of gas. Please feel free to comment and share any safety tips or even experiences you have had with running out of gas and what you did.

We wish you all safe traveling out on the road and as always, you are more than welcome to contact Ron May Towing & Recovery if you need emergency road services. We offer emergency roadside fuel service, flat tire service, lockout service, and jump start service. Of course, we offer towing services as well if you need something moved.

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Emergency Roadside Tips – Flat Tire


Doesn’t it always seem to happen when there is something important going on? On the way to an appointment and then boom, flat tire, or the car won’t start. These things happen and it is important to know what to do in a situation to handle it safely. Knowing what to do in an emergency roadside situation can help prevent stress and added problems.

Here are some tips on what to do if ever in an emergency roadside situation such as a flat tire, out of gas, dead battery, or stuck in a ditch or off the road occurs. Utilize these tips to increase the chances of being safe. As always though, calling for roadside assistance is the ultimate safety choice and Ron May Towing, located in the Snohomish County area, can be there with their professional drivers who are ready to assist.


Getting a flat tire is definitely not fun. Knowing how to handle the situation can help ensure getting back on the road safely and efficiently. Here are some tips to help be prepared for a flat tire situation.

Always be prepared. We rely on our vehicles to get us to our destinations and getting a flat tire is not a common thing but it does happen. There are many reasons why a flat can occur. Sharp fallen debris like nails, screws, and such can be a factor. Also, if the tire is old, the rubber will wear away much quicker. The first step is more of a preparation step.

Make sure the vehicle is equipped with a spare – This is something that many of us overlook. It just takes a moment to make sure that the spare tire is in the vehicle. Also, if the vehicle is an older one, it is also a good idea to replace the spare tire. The rubber in the tires will degrade over time. Tires do have an expiration date. They have a life expectancy of 6 to 8 years. Checking for the tires expiration date can be done by looking at the numbers on the side of the tire. The last four digits will refer to the date the tire was made. For example, if the last four digits are 2709, the tire was manufactured in the 27th week of 2009. In this example, it would be a good idea to replace the tire.

Check for the proper tools – Along with making sure the spare tire is in the car, it is important to check to see if the car is equipped with a floor jack and the right sized lug wrench. Cars are equipped with the right tools but if purchasing a used car, these things can be overlooked. Don’t assume that they are in the vehicle. Check the lug wrench to make sure that it is the proper size for the vehicle.

Pull as far off the road as can be done safely – Make sure that there is enough room to change the tire without being near the flow of traffic. Always be alert to the flow of traffic as well. If with a passenger, have the passenger be the lookout and watch for possible distracted drivers. If not with a passenger, get in a position that keeps on coming traffic in view. Especially on the freeway.

Get to a tire shop – After putting on the spare, get to a tire shop as soon as possible. If the spare is not a full sized spare and just a temporary spare, the spare tire will wear out. They are not for everyday driving. They are made only to get out of a situation and only have a few miles of recommended travel. Also, even if the spare is a full sized spare, it is good practice to replace the spare tire in the vehicle if the damaged tire cannot be repaired. This way, if a flat tire situation occurs again, the vehicle is prepared.


Making sure to be safe when in an emergency roadside situation like a flat tire is important. We hope that this has helped. If in Snomish County Washington, the best way to stay safe in a flat tire situation is to call for help. Ron May towing has been servicing the Snohomish County Washington area for over 50 years and we have all the tools and our drivers are courteous and professional. We have fast response times and can get you back on the road quickly and safely. We also brave the elements for you. Rain, sleet, or snow, we are there for you. Stay clean, dry and safe with Ron May Towing. Feel free to visit our website and get in touch with us with a simple button push from your mobile device.

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Our New Ron May Towing Website


As a towing company located in Snohomish County, we would like for our visitors to know and understand all the services that we do offer. Our new website will showcase all the services that we are proud to offer to our fellow Snohomish County residents. We have been offering these services for over 50 years. It is our goal to provide quality service to all of our customers.


Ever been stuck on the side of the road with a flat tire? Definitely a huge inconvenience. Especially when on the way to an appointment or special event and dressed up for the occasion. With a towing company like Ron May Towing, help is just a button push away.

On every page of our new mobile site, there is a button to contact us. We are fast to respond and have drivers out and about, ready to jump to action. Our drivers can perform a tire change with the customers existing spare tire. It doesn’t matter what the weather is like, sunny, cold, in the snow, and pouring down rain, our drivers are out to help. Our customers won’t have to worry about showing up to their appointment, gathering, or interview dirty or soak and wet.


Sometimes, it is easy to forget to look at the fuel gauge or the car just decides to run out when on the way to a fuel station. Not everyone carries a fuel can in their car and even if they do, it is a big risk to get out and walk to the nearest fuel station, especially on the highway. There is no need to worry or take unnecessary chances.

With a push of a button on a mobile device, it is easy to contact Ron May Towing and take advantage of their roadside fuel assistance. Our drivers can bring the fuel to where the car is thirsting for fuel eliminating all danger and getting the customer back on the road towards their destination.


Vehicles need the battery to start. Its definitely not a good feeling when its time to go, turn the key, and nothing happens. The battery needs a jump start. If jumper cables are present, then its a matter of finding the right person who is willing to help. That, in itself, can be a risk. If the cables are hooked up wrong, that can be devastating to the vehicle. Also, it is hard to know what the other person might be like.

At Ron May Towing, our drivers are equipped and ready to assist in roadside jump start service. They are trained and are fast to respond to the location since they are out and about, ready to give assistance in jump starting a vehicle. If the battery is not the reason the car is not starting, they can tow the vehicle to a shop to get it checked out.


It’s not hard to lock the keys in the car. For example, having a good conversation on the phone, the keys are in the ignition, step outside and push the button down and boom. Keys are in the car. Not saying that I’ve done that… okay, maybe I have but, what an inconvenience. Or maybe while putting the groceries in the trunk, hands are full so the keys are set down just for second to organize, but, while in a hurry, maybe it’s raining, inadvertently, the trunk is closed and the keys are still in there.

No problem. Ron May Towing drivers utilize specialized auto lockout kit that is safe for the vehicle preventing any damage. They can get the vehicle unlocked in just a matter of minutes. They are already out driving throughout Snohomish County so this enables Ron May Towing drivers to have fast response times to any situation.


We have moved many, many things in the 50+ years that we have been offering our towing services. It doesn’t even have to have wheels. We have moved sheds, kiosks, coffee stands, safes, monster trucks and race cars, and even a barbecue grill. If it needs to be moved, we can do it.

Ron May Towing is proud to offer our towing and roadside assistance services in Snohomish County and plan to be around for another 50 years and more.

We hope you like are new site and now that you know what we do, if ever you are in need of any of these services, you will contact us. We are professional, trained, safe and a name you can trust.

Please feel free to comment and share. If you have had a pleasant experience using our towing or roadside assistance service, please feel free to comment and share that experience. We are always happy to hear from our customers.

We encourage you to visit our new website and let us know what you think. Thank you for reading our blog and visiting our site.

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