Submitted by Bailmage t3_10pozxe in LifeProTips

LPT: If you are ever in a situation where you locked the keys out of your car and decide to break a window do not break the small glue in windows. The small windows tend to be the most expensive and most difficult to replace. Its never a great idea to break out your windows, but when push comes to shove, the small or corner windows are the worst option.



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TimeTravelMishap t1_j6lok1i wrote

/r/UnethicalLifeProTips/ if you are pissed at someone break the small windows


12altoids34 t1_j6pfv0w wrote

What I did was bought a gay p*** mag and found ads in the back for free trial memberships in different magazines and subscribe my old boss to them. He was not gay. He was ultra right-wing Christian married with several children.


Mindraker t1_j6nr5rq wrote

not a LPT: make a copy of your key and keep the spare copy in your anus


ebola_borialis t1_j6ohd54 wrote

LPT:Make sure you shove it in sideways to keep it from falling out


DownTooParty t1_j6lrkjh wrote

Life pro tip: Don't lock your doors and leave nothing valuable in your car. Doors always open and windows are always unbroken.


DavidANaida t1_j6m09de wrote

Sounds like a cool way to have your vehicle stolen or moved into by a homeless person


TheElusiveHolograph t1_j6m96s1 wrote

Sounds like you live in SoCal. I feel like we’re the only ones who understand these 2 very common scenarios.


futureruler t1_j6nhz3p wrote

Not something I have to worry about, I leave my vehicles unlocked. I'm also at the end of a side street on the side of a mountain so its hard to know my house even exists, especially when the foliage grows back


DavidANaida t1_j6nqmk8 wrote

Milwaukee actually. Do y'all think homeless people only exist on the west coast?


chatterbox272 t1_j6m90nl wrote

Generally speaking, you can be pretty sure anyone willing to steal your car is also willing to break a window to do so.


AlmostChristmasNow t1_j6mhs7d wrote

Breaking windows draws attention, just opening the door does not. So you’re more likely to get caught if you break a window, a risk some would-be thieves won’t take.


scherster t1_j6mpori wrote

Can confirm, a car was stolen in our neighborhood, and several people had driveway camera footage of the guy going down the street and trying door handles.


jcaarow t1_j6mh9su wrote

I had to do this for a bit when an attempted thief broke the lock and I can say there is always something to steal. Someone stole my passenger side window shade and someone slept in my car overnight


downvotemeplss t1_j6nmcjl wrote

I had a Jeep with plastic windows and had to do this. The Jeep was completely unlocked and someone still cut my dang window


matlockpowerslacks t1_j6n64ac wrote

Here's the real LPT: copy your key today and use a piece of wire to attach it under the vehicle, or somewhere inconspicuous.

If it's a newer vehicle, you'll also need hide your spare fob somewhere in the vehicle with it turned of or with the battery removed.

If you don't have a spare, it's far less expensive to buy one online and program it yourself or call around and have a local locksmith do it in their shop.

You never know when or where you could be locked out. Don't assume roadside or AAA is nearby or that you will have a working cellphone/service. It could be the difference between making it to work, an important event, or saving yourself and passengers from exposure to inclement weather.

Spending $50-$75 today could turn out to be exceptionally beneficial, and it will only make your car more valuable should you decide to sell it.


GoodGoodGoody t1_j6nfejv wrote

Not sure what a spare fob with no battery locked inside a vehicle will do for you.


matlockpowerslacks t1_j6nlnxh wrote

Use the physical key that's wired under your vehicle to open the door.

Turn on/insert battery into your fob. Disable the alarm with the fob.

Replace spare key in hiding spot.

Start vehicle and be on your way.


RepulsiveSorbet1553 t1_j6nh34o wrote

much easier and cheaper to find a battery than call AAA


matlockpowerslacks t1_j6nz3pb wrote

You would keep the battery with the fob if it doesn't have the option to turn it off.

Lithium cells will last unused for 10 years.


I_Want_To_Know22 t1_j6om0hb wrote

"use a piece of wire to attach it under the vehicle, or somewhere inconspicuous."

He literally said "under the vehicle", not inside of it. If you have the battery on you (or even also attached somewhere), and the spare fob attached to the chassis somewhere, if you're locked out you can pull the spare fob out, put the battery in and be on your way.


Sv_gravlty t1_j6nmtu9 wrote

If its a newer vehicle, use the app to unlock the doors..


matlockpowerslacks t1_j6nymt5 wrote

Not very handy in the case of a stolen purse or a break-in if your phone is also gone.

Hopefully your app is already set up and doesn't require access to the key to do so. It also doesn't account for dead a dead phone, dead car battery, or no cell service.

My method is free or inexpensive and works without any outside tools or assistance. It's so much more adaptable and foolproof that it's a no brainer for me.


Acceptable_Wall4085 t1_j6nnchh wrote

Windshields are covered by insurance. Pitted windows are a hazard for driving in bright sunlight. Taking out a windshield makes sense. The pitted one is replaced by a new one. Making for a safer ride.


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Realistic0ptimist t1_j6n3lep wrote

Pro tip: AAA used to be able to make a plastic dummy key for your car that won’t start the engine but will get you through the door to get your keys you left inside. Just have to keep it in your wallet or purse. It came in handy a few times while driving my old Camry.

If you don’t have a physical key to your car but a key fob don’t break the window. Thankfully you can just open the door as normal as the chip is close enough to the car that it will sense it and open it just like it would if it was on the outside


poco t1_j6lsi47 wrote

What year is this. I haven't seen a corner window since the original beetle.


charliesk9unit t1_j6m5qmx wrote

Pay attention to the new cars out there and you will see them everywhere. Namely because most vehicles these days are optimized for the lowest drag coefficient and therefore tend to have a deep slope windshield and that in turn necessitate the need for a corner window.


EnvironmentalGap2493 t1_j6morsk wrote

I think the OP is talking about a fly window or quarter window.

not a curved corner window