Do You Lock Your Car Doors When You Are Driving?

Just curious if you lock you car doors as you drive?sometimes I don't, sometimes I do. What about you?

Poll Options

  • 252
  • 362
  • 95
    Only When I remember
  • 422
    Auto lock


  • Yes, the car locks them automatically as soon as I start driving. I’m not sure why all cars don’t have that

    • I had to ask Hyundai to turn the feature on (2008 i30)

      • You (dealer) can turn that feature on/off? Wow.. didn't know that. Thanks for sharing!

        • It's called "Anti-Hijack" if you wanted to ask your dealer. Some cars you can use to onboard settings system to change this feature, some will need to be done through the dealer interface.

          Another one you might be able to get changed is "Single Point Entry" where only the drivers door is unlocked on remote button press. To unlock all doors, you have to press the button twice. Stop someone hiding on the opposite side of your vehicle and opening the door when you unlock it.

          Some cars will support these features, some will not, but it should literally be a 2 min job at a dealer to change it if it cant be done through the in car system.

    • Ford said it doesn't as a "security feature"

      • My wife has a 2017 Ford Focus, and its insane that the car doesnt auto lock. It's not even a feature in the settings of the car. My 2013 Jeep auto locks and has the ability to disable in the settings.

        I've asked and was told something similar. Its a feature.. not to have it has a feature. I consider it a cop-out.

      • My 2020 Transit has this feature now. It wasn’t on by default but was an option in the settings.

      • My 2010 Ford Falcon has it as an option in the settings. Can't imagine a car not having it these days.

    • The reason some do lock automatically is so that if someone runs up to your car and tries to open the door while you're stopped, they can't.

      The reason some do not lock automatically is that in the case of an accident, bystanders can't get the occupants of the car out.

      • The car unlocks automatically in the case of an accident (an airbag worthy accident, anyway).

      • For a Mercedes, the doors lock itself after you have driven 500m, in case of an accident, the door locks all disengage and windows will all be automatically opened (if it is still functional), the seat belt automatically loosen after the car stops. Some newer models even have the front car seats move backward so in case of emergency, the car occupants can be rescued quicker.

      • Yep. Back when cars had to be physically unlocked I was told to leave them unlocked to make it easier for first responders in the event of an accident. So to balance out the risk I would lock when frequently stopping to avoid carjacking/front seat theft and unlock for driving at speed on freeways etc.

      • In the case of an accident or intruder fist, hammer or super high kick from some martial artist could do the trick

      • Bystanders shouldn’t be getting people out of cars anyway. Unless it’s on fire.

    • Older cars?

  • I try to. Don't want some nut coming and opening my door in a moment of road rage or asking for a dolla

  • +10 votes

    I have an older car so if I lock the doors, I also can’t get out. This concerns me in the event of an accident. If I had a car where I could lock from the outside only, I would every time.

    • Why can't you just operate the door locks in the case of an accident?

      • +11 votes

        Who knows what the accident might be. I might not be able to. If, knock on wood, I have a terrible accident, I’d want to only need to open the door, not unlock it first.

        • I've attended many road crashes as a volunteer member of a SES road crash rescue team. If you have had a bad accident it is highly likely your door won't open anyway. Most members carry a Resqme window breaker/seat belt cutter on their car key chain.

          • @iratepirate: Just to add, my father went off the road to avoid a head on with a motorcyclist. No airbags deployed and the car had locked him in so he had to break his way through the windscreen.

            Due to the road design, no one would see his car down the side of the road and of course the motorcyclist rode off.

            Not to deny yours or anyone's experience but anything is possible.

            • @ZachBlasphemy: Windscreens are laminated glass and won't shatter like tempered glass does - it tends to come out in a sheet. If you have to get a windscreen out slide your seat forward then kick it with both feet is the easiest way. In a rescue situation we use a large hacksaw and cut around the edges.

          • @iratepirate: Bought one after reading your comment

    • buy Glass brake hammer they are like $4 on wish put glove box auto glass next imposable to brake. i had one in my care whole life never know day you can save some live with it. it up to me be first aid item.

      • This is a good point and I should probably buy one but still won’t help if you’re the victim inside the car and are incapacitated/unable to break own glass. Ideally everyone would carry one.

    • A vehicle headrest is left deliberately detachable and sharp so that it can be used to break a vehicle’s window and the glass of a vehicle window is easily broken from the inside

  • Sometimes

  • Yes, my cars lock automatically as soon as i change the gear to reverse.

  • What about you?

    Always. Especially in Malaysia and parts of Asia, car jacking by knife point is still pretty common.

  • Yes. Auto-lock once the car moves.
    Carjacking seems to have become more common here over the last few years. They were basically unheard here before.

  • yes. always a risk of carjacking/robbery / zombies etc

    • I agree, zombies are quite the nuisance

      • I always though zombies weren't intelligent enough to open doors.

        • +19 votes

          It's to keep that one idiot in the car from opening the door and getting everyone killed.

        • I also thought the same but have altered my position. Primary explanations below:

          • dependant on how recently the deceased have become zombies and how much of their grey matter has decayed (some synapses may still work on new zombies and memories may be fresher)
          • based on repetitive tasks, and one would assume muscle memory, one who is constantly opening doors may remember these (learnt from the recent documentary I watched here . ie. a firefighter zombie can apparently still climb a rope up to an open window… ^

          Scientists are still analyising all of the intricacies of a zombie brain and its function. The best we can do is be aware of them by watching new documentaries, like the one above. Lastly, be alert but not alarmed and "don't let it rule your life"

          ^ side note - do not leave open windows with rope attached with a crowd of zombies below

  • Mine locks automatically. Supposedly a thing for South African cars. Car jacking is a thing. One night my partner hsd some guy try to get into her car at the lights. Lucky she locked her doors.

    • Lucky she locked her doors.

      Reeva locked her door but it didn't stop Pistorius with a gun.

      Which car btw?

    • I had this happen while driving home from work late one night in Canberra! I think he’d just had a few too many, but I now lock all my doors on getting in the car.

  • Yes. My car isn't smart enough to auto-lock as I drive, and as pointed out by others, don't want the door to be opened by someone nefarious.

    If they're that keen in going into my car and robbing me, they can get in via the sunroof.