Today, modern cars have many security mechanisms, which make them difficult to get into when you have been locked out. This does not mean that it is impossible -- and there are some situations where you may need to do something drastic like break a window. Unless it is an emergency, here are some things that you may want to try to get into your car before you contact the locksmith:

1. Use A Cord With A Slipknot To Unlock The Door Handles

A cord, any type of cord, may due the trick when trying to get into your car. To do this, you will want to tie a slipknot on one end of the cord. Try to work the cord into the door jamb by pulling it down diagonally. Once it is inside of your car, use it to fish for the lock or door handle and pull on it to open your car.

2. Any Key May Do The Trick With Many Older Model Cars

Older cars often have common types of locks. If this is the case with your car, you may want to try every key on your ring. Find a key that fits in the lock, and try to wiggle it around. Listen for sounds of clicks or movements inside the door, and when you hear a sound, try turning the key. This can often do the trick for opening older car doors, but may not work for newer cars that often have laser-cut keys and better security.

3. Slim Jims, Coat Hangers And Paper Clips To Jimmy The Locks

There are also the oldest methods in the book, such as slim jims, coat hangers and paper clips. Most of these involve jamming them in the door or between the glass to activate the handle or locking mechanisms. Paper clips can be used to bend a makeshift key, which you can then use to open the door by turning the lock. With any of the objects you use against the glass, be careful not to shatter it. Using a piece of clothing as padding can help prevent accidentally shattering your car glass.

These are some things that you may want to try before you contact a locksmith to get into your car. If you have an emergency, do what you need to do to get in your car, otherwise contact a locksmith to help you when all else fails.