Just curious if you lock you car doors as you drive?sometimes I don't, sometimes I do. What about you?
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.
@pegaxs: Thanks for the info, pegaxs. I have the single point entry in my other car, a newer X-Trail, it's one of the first features that the dealer showed me infact when went for a test drive.
I have a bluetooth OBD II tool which might have access to settings, otherwise I'll get the dealer to turn the anti-hijack on in the Hyundai though. Thanks again for the explanation.
@alterego13: Called HALO (Hyundai Active Locking Operation) on the i30 but yeah say anti-hijack if they look at you funny
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.
<scratches Ford off the list>
@queer dog geyfrog: Only Focus apparently
It's not a standard feature on the aussie models but you can enable it using OBD. I'd like to do it on my 2016 Trend but I can't be bothered :/
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).
What if it's driven/crashed into a body of water with no impact and the water kills the electronics… Then how are bystanders going to get the occupants (unconscious) or kids out?
If you think "that's only hypothetical, that'll never happen".. I suggest you read this.
@field1985: Break the window?
@Slippery Fish: In an ideal world, sure, but there are issues around that (if the vehicle is fully submerged it's very difficult to swing with enough force due to drag from the water). Then there is the problem of availability of suitable tools, even a hammer may not be suitable.
@field1985: I could use the tool in my pants, it has the power to repel anything on earth lol.
@Slippery Fish: Guessing you're single then
@Plug: You applying?
@Slippery Fish: You tried to break a car window, it is very difficult
@bennos: The head rest, take it out. The metal part can break the window.
@Slippery Fish: Good luck doing that if the windows is submerged, unless you have dedicated tools to do that.
@field1985: buy Glass brake hammer it will save your put in glove box some crash in body off water it save my life https://www.wish.com/product/5e158460f11da0047c96440a?hide_l...
@nikey2k27: I'm well away of glass breaking hammers. But that's beyond the point. We shouldn't all have to carry around specialist tools because people are too fearful of bogeymen to drive without their doors locked. Car-jacking is so rare in Australia it's not even a crime (it's instead recorded as theft and assault).
@field1985: I totally agree that it’s not ideal to have to have everyone carrying glass break hammers and car jacking is rare. However it’s common enough to scare people. eg this happened in the local shopping centre where I would park when going to the child health clinic (my bub was 6months old at the time) https://www.mygc.com.au/gold-coast-mother-saves-child-from-h...
about every 6 months or so I hear a similar story just within QLD
That’s just the ones that make the news because there are kids involved. There’s been a number I can think of where police have been chasing people and the crims have jumped out of the car and carjacked or attempted to carjack a second car to get away.
And that’s just carjackings. I don’t particularly want my bag stolen from the front seat either. There’s also road rage incidents, my dad once had some try to drag him out of the car after first tailgating then overtaking and suddenly breaking in front of him.
If the incidents are not coded specifically as carjackings then it’s a bit hard to tell how common they are. I suspect you’re right that they are not especially common - but still not something most people want to experience.
My imperfect and inconsistent habit is to lock when driving at low speed and unlock for high speed in an attempt to balance risk.
@field1985: Pretty sure driving into a lake is rarer than car jacking.
@nikey2k27: I heard you’re supposed to take the headrests off and use the steel rods to break glass?
@nikey2k27: You can pull out Neck Rest of Driver or Passenger seat and use the backside as a hammer to break windows
@ChipsChicky: Firstly, many cars headrests do not easily remove, requiring a tool to release completely.
Secondly, as mentioned, it is quite difficult to break vehicle glass without a dedicated tool. Headrest won't do it.
If anyone is concerned about being trapped, I'd highly recommend one of these:
@field1985: Glass brake hammer i had one in glove department for year there like $4 on wish i have them old days working for bus company i have personal saved whole family crash in table drain in 2017
@nikey2k27: Excellent job. Can you remember if it had auto-locking doors?
@nikey2k27: Messy. Use punctuation marks pls. (It’s not to offend anyone).
@mohan76: What about the spring loaded punches? Just press up to the window. I reckon they would still work even under water.
@ProlapsedHeinous: mechanical always work :)
electronic not going to fail immediate it will give enough time to react
@ProlapsedHeinous: not many people have those in their pockets
@field1985: How often do you drive into a body of water?!? I'm thinking that door locking might be the least of your problems!
@dcash: Personally, never. LOL, but it's not unheard of where I come from. Creeks flash flood quickly (even without any rain falling in the local area).
Once my Dad managed to slip a wheel off a river ford (upstream luckily, otherwise we probably would have been swept away) and the car had to be rescued by a farmers tractor (after walking 2 hours in pitch darkness & pouring rain to get him).
This isn't me, but I can certainly sympathise:
@field1985: Electronics won't fail in the water unless you're there for a considerable amount of time. I got caught in a flash flood a few years back, had to drive the car with water up to my windows and nothing ever failed. Headlights were on the whole time too. And no, it wasn't an SUV or an off road vehicle either. It was a pretty basic 2012 Golf which is no longer with us cause I had insurance… but other than the smell and mud everything worked as it should.
@field1985: Pretty simple electronically to stick a water sensor in the door and unlock the door it if it gets triggered. No idea if car manufacturers actually do that or if they apply the Durden formula and don't bother, but they could.
@Parentheses: So you cant never wash your car or drive in rain?
@dione: I'm not sure how much you know about electronics, but yes, sensors exist that can properly deal with that difference.
@field1985: In a VW Golf double pulling the handle open the locked doors
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.
They lock once speed goes over 15km/h
What about the passengers in the back seat?
Are their legs less important than the front driver/ front passenger's convenience?
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.
I try to. Don't want some nut coming and opening my door in a moment of road rage or asking for a dolla
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?
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.
I have a USB car charger with a pointy window smasher on it's other end :D 2in1 bBY
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
Only if you are in India
Yes, my cars lock automatically as soon as i change the gear to reverse.
What if you don’t reverse to start your drive?
Is your R not between P and D?
wheezing Back in my day, young whippersnapper, we had to change the gears ourselves with a stick! And there was a whole 'nother pedal! And we LIKED it!!
@Switchblade88: Indeed, when I worked in western Queensland I didn’t lock my trusty kingswood for three years. Travelled to brisbane and discovered the lock had seized open. Had to open up the inside of the door and give it a lube with some WD40 to work again.
Three on the tree. At least you can still buy Prados and Mazda 3s with a manual gearbox.
Actually, it's not always. Also, technically you're not "changing the gear to reverse" if you're just moving between Park and Drive.
Uhh yeah.. I drive a manual
I’ve already added central locking, and the “if I’m reverse then lock” logic isn’t really sufficient for my needs
@upsidedownlemon: I quite miss central lock button on our 90's built car.
The new car locks button is located on driver side door.
Mine locks itself when reaching a certain speed ~10-15km/h IIRC
Interesting you say that. Mine locks when I indicate right and unlocks when indicate left!
Uh why? o_O
What about you?
What about you?
Always. Especially in Malaysia and parts of Asia, car jacking by knife point is still pretty common.
Always. This became a habit after living in PNG for 12 months with the risk of car jacking or locals trying doors whilst at traffic lights/etc. and windows were always up too.
parts of Asia,
parts of Asia,
and insurance scams. Another reason to get Dashcams
as it is in many parts of qld usually by some refugee gangs that dont recognise any authority and do what they like
time to install this kit
And this one if they do make it inside.
@endotherm: Lol you see how fast he put the key in ;)
If I had a gun nd you had just used that on me as in the video I'd shoot your arse. Better get a bullet proof car also lol
Wait, what? I've never heard about this on the news.
Check your grandmas Facebook page for this kind of “news”
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.
It's to keep that one idiot in the car from opening the door and getting everyone killed.
@cfuse: This needs to be a new rule in Zombieland 3.
I also thought the same but have altered my position. Primary explanations below:
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.
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.