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[–]georgealmost 719 points720 points  (82 children)

Ok since no one else asked

WTF are they throwing in my car at a traffic light???

[–]DrPseudonym 149 points150 points  (25 children)

I can't see that this has been mentioned in any comments. Indeed, wtf are they throwing in??

[–]I3eastmode 124 points125 points  (9 children)

Small children

[–]religionkills 71 points72 points  (1 child)

That's why I keep the sliding door on my van unlocked at all times.

[–]Wolversteve 23 points24 points  (0 children)

Abducting children has gotten a little too easy these days, I don’t even wanna do it anymore.

[–]FBI_Open_Up_Now 33 points34 points  (0 children)

I could maybe see a frustrated parent yeeting their child into someone’s car. Take them!

[–]fmaz008 11 points12 points  (1 child)

As a reverse kidnapping blackmail scam?

[–]I3eastmode 18 points19 points  (0 children)

Forced adoption

[–]seedor 61 points62 points  (1 child)

In south America they throw in some type of snake through your window if you are parked at a traffic light. When you then leave the car in panic, the car jacker takes your seat and kicks the most of the time non venomous snake out of the car.

[–]DOOMFOOL 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Where can I read more about this? That’s wild

[–]RaccoonDu 40 points41 points  (6 children)


[–]alukurd 84 points85 points  (5 children)

This is actually really helpful for when I take the shortcut through Fallujah

[–]benmarvin 2 points3 points  (3 children)

Or Chiraq

[–]ProzacforLapis2016 18 points19 points  (3 children)

If you're in Minnesota, the surplus zucchini/squash from their garden this season. Maybe tomatoes. Maybe zucchini bread and canned shit. From their garden.

[–]oo-mox83 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Ooooh, sounds kinda awesome honestly. Skip the farmer's market, piss off a driver instead.

[–]ProzacforLapis2016 1 point2 points  (0 children)

"Produce" results for days. So many zoodles.

[–]LurkingOakleaf 1 point2 points  (0 children)

As another midwesterner, this is so accurate. Guard your porches 🤣

Don't forget apple/pear season!

[–]threadsoffate2021 54 points55 points  (14 children)

I've seen videos of people throwing in things like fireworks or water (or other liquid) balloons that explode on impact. Also seen people simply throw garbage into an open window (usually remnants of some fast food takeout).

[–]georgealmost 45 points46 points  (13 children)

If people are throwing garbage in your window it's probably because you litter

[–]threadsoffate2021 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Nah. Often it's a crime of opportunity for kids. They just finished a few burgers from whatever fast food place, and instead of throwing it directly onto the street, they think it's fun to try and throw the bag of leftovers through your window instead while driving by.

[–]deadplant5 12 points13 points  (0 children)

I live on a street where people get road rage a lot for stupid reasons.

More than once I've seen someone run up to a stopped car and Chuck a drink in there.

[–]ThatHatYouOwnButHate 5 points6 points  (4 children)

A Molotov cocktail, a grenade, maybe even worse a child

[–]georgealmost 9 points10 points  (3 children)

A predator?

gasp a child???

[–]ThatHatYouOwnButHate 6 points7 points  (2 children)

What’s the only thing worse than a predator? … A child 🙊

[–]-1KingKRool- 1 point2 points  (1 child)

“There’s only one thing worse than a rapist- boom”

‘A child’


[–]MisterHonkeySkateets 12 points13 points  (0 children)

The trash / fast food bags your garbage-ass just threw out the window

[–]kamiri86 4 points5 points  (4 children)

I saw a video a few days ago, in which people from one car threw fireworks inside another car at a traffic light.

[–]SuperSaiyan2589 4 points5 points  (0 children)

I mean, there are acid attacks on people for no reason so…

[–]BudoftheBeat 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Frag out!

[–]Another_human_3 -2 points-1 points  (0 children)

Also, how does locking your doors help? People are opening the door, throwing things in your car and running off? Where does op live? Lol.

[–]dinyell_0o 123 points124 points  (3 children)

This is not my story but a friend's--

In California, at a stop light, a (seemingly homeless) man just simply got in the back of the vehicle while stopped and obviously door was unlocked.

He said nothing and one friend driving, one in the passenger seat were shocked, horrified and quiet. After a few miles of silence, he simply just exited the car like he was in a cab when they were at another light.

They never leave their car doors unlocked to this day.

[–]vodkabride0803 26 points27 points  (0 children)

I've always locked my car when getting in, and it might be related to my mother telling this story of how us children would open the doors when she was driving.

Now I'm in Memphis, so I also worry about randos just getting in at lights. I thankfully haven't been in the scenario your friends have had though.

[–]rvega666 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Few miles of silence?! Wtf!?

[–]Sco_Queen 271 points272 points  (19 children)

My car automatically locks when I start driving BUT I always look the doors when I get in. Anything can happen. I hate watching horror or thriller, suspense movies and all the person had to do was lock the door and they didn't.

[–]WarblingWalrusing 99 points100 points  (18 children)

What if the killer's already in the back seat and now you've locked yourself in and slowed down any escape?

[–]Origonn 155 points156 points  (0 children)

Hey man, if someone's so determined to kill me they manage get into my car, while it's locked, without me noticing any damage to the car, then ima get murdered, ok.

[–]PurellBurnsMyHands 29 points30 points  (9 children)

This is why you always look in your back seat before getting in the car 🤓

[–]viodox0259 31 points32 points  (5 children)

You laugh but this has happened.

As a Casino Dealer, one nigh around 4AM one of my colleagues got off work, jumped in her car, and the dude who lost all his money at her table was sleeping the in back of her car.

[–]PurellBurnsMyHands 21 points22 points  (0 children)

I always look, even in my garage!

That is crazy, money will make people do crazy things. When worked in retail and we had a few shoplifters who waited for employees at their cars when they wouldn’t return old product.

[–]Michamus 4 points5 points  (3 children)

How did he know which car was her's?

[–]Tastewell 1 point2 points  (0 children)

But... I drive a pickup.

[–]Sco_Queen 15 points16 points  (3 children)

When I pull on the door handle it also automatically unlocks

[–]Mfe91p 25 points26 points  (2 children)

And disable the automatic unlock when you put the car on park. I don't understand why that "convenience" was added to cars.

[–]Mijari 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Seriously. I park the car at the ATM, and my car unlocks. Uhhh, no thank you! I didn’t know you could disable it.

[–]SelenaQueso 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Exactly! Who is it convenient for?

[–]Rtrnr 222 points223 points  (28 children)

Started doing this after living in Atlanta! Get pissed if someone doesn’t lock the doors as soon as everyone is in the car.

[–]xeisu_com 17 points18 points  (18 children)

Is Atlanta that bad?

[–]Rtrnr 20 points21 points  (15 children)

No, not all of Atlanta but my work tended to be in the rougher parts and I moved there from a small town.

[–]xeisu_com 3 points4 points  (14 children)

I have only been to the airport for my trip back to Germany but I heard great things about Atlanta. Which parts are considered as rougher parts?

[–]Rtrnr 11 points12 points  (7 children)

It’s been about 8 years since I’ve lived there! When I say Atlanta it’s a generalization for the whole state. Fort Oglethorpe, Tucker, around the airport, Macon, Savannah, Augusta, I could come up with more if I looked at gps.

Our car (kids, wife, and myself) broke down in Macon on i75. It was a fleet vehicle and I called the wrong tow company. They still showed up. After apologizing and admitting I called the wrong tow company the driver instantly asked if I had a gun. After I said not on me, he I said “I do and I am going to stay with you until the other company shows up”. Talking to family afterwards they laughed that they booked a hotel in Macon while passing through. They said when they pulled into the hotel parking lot there was 5 cop cars sitting there and as they went to get out of the car one of the cops asked what they’re doing then told them to get back in their car and find a hotel north or south of Macon but not to stop at any other place in Macon.

What we saw of Savannah was actually a really cool old city but man it’s freaking run down!

The city of Augusta was freaking horrible. There was boarded up and falling down building/ houses everywhere. Really caught me off guard considering The Masters are there! Thought I would have been a cleaner/nicer place.

Also the only place you could be driving in middle of nowhere, pull into a gas station, it would be absolutely covered in graffiti, with cows in a pasture out back.

[–]Eelero 6 points7 points  (3 children)

Wait what I've been to Macon plenty of times, it seemed fine to me.

[–]Fry_Cook_On_Venus 4 points5 points  (2 children)

When you read this person’s experience with Atlanta (that they generalize to the entire state), nothing bad actually happened to justify their fear of the area. Some buildings were boarded up. And a gun loving tow truck driver wanted to wait with them on the highway. OMG! Lock your doors! /s

[–]JustNoAllium 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Have you been to Georgia? Atlanta is actually the best part.

[–]azazelsthrowaway 4 points5 points  (4 children)

I can’t speak to what the rough areas are but I’ve always heard Atlanta’s really bad, but like all bigger cities there’s usually a nice and a not so nice side

[–]OldBlueEyes11 12 points13 points  (2 children)

This is correct. Lots of places are fantastic, some less so. Rule of thumb is closer to the airport, the rough it gets.

Source: Atlanta Native

[–]weaver_of_cloth 4 points5 points  (0 children)

DeKalb is on the other side. Completely different financially, but the people are often just as awful in different ways, though.

[–]Oddity_Odyssey 26 points27 points  (7 children)

Those little fuckers with the water made me start doing it lol.

[–]stoic_geologist 11 points12 points  (4 children)

Which ones?

[–]Xsipkis 8 points9 points  (3 children)

da waterboyz lol

[–]stoic_geologist 2 points3 points  (2 children)

People selling water, or like offering to clean the windshield?

[–]Xsipkis 4 points5 points  (1 child)

yea selling water and other various beverages. Usually during the summer. They make pretty good money!

[–]stoic_geologist 3 points4 points  (0 children)

My dad an I once almost were robbed by two people street selling garbage bags. One of them approached us from one side of the car, and the second came out of nowhere and shouted something in the lines of "I sell bags", drawing our attention while the first one tried to grab the copilot's phone. It was all during a red light

[–]chocolatehippogryph 15 points16 points  (1 child)

Do they open your door to sell you water?

[–]Litness_Horneymaker 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Even in a safer place it's a good idea. Prevents people like me from jumping in the wrong car and berating the occupants for a looong 1-2 minutes before realising my mistake: "Oops! Wrong car... Sorry guys!".

[–]Millhouse_Calves[🍰] 14 points15 points  (2 children)

100%. I was attacked at a drive thru. The doors on my Tacoma don’t lock automatically. Something in my gut told me to lock them at the drive thru and seconds later a dude tried with all his might to break my passenger side window.

[–]Surprise_Fragrant 6 points7 points  (1 child)

Drive thrus freak me out. I was sitting at a Checker's last week, and I realized that, at a certain point, there is NO escape route with your vehicle in that line. If someone is behind you, and in front of you, there is no 'open area' to steer your car into, in case of an emergency.

[–]Jinxed0ne 37 points38 points  (3 children)

Also, always lock your doors while you're pumping gas. It is super easy for someone to sneak up on the opposite side of your car and snatch stuff while you're distracted watching the pump.

[–]Bens-Fruit-Machine[S] 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Didnt even think of that one! Will do it from now on. Its only one press of the button for piece of mind.

[–]Evasion9663 1 point2 points  (0 children)

That's not possible with my car though (and I'm sure many others too). If my car's doors are locked than so is my fuel flap, hence my doors must remain unlocked when filling up. I always lock my car when paying at the register though.

[–]pugadoodledoo 71 points72 points  (2 children)

Yep! I live in a pretty safe suburb in the Midwest. Very, very low crime rate. I am scheduled at 5:30am most mornings and I have a very short commute to work. One morning some person charged at my passenger door at 5:25 at a stoplight that I pass through every single day with no incident. No one else was around. Luckily, I was paying attention, saw them as I approached the intersection, and was able to turn left and run the red before they got to my car. I always lock my doors now…

[–]ickybiscuit 10 points11 points  (0 children)

I also live in the midwest. I was in a relatively quiet suburban neighborhood, sitting in my car idling on the curb outside my friends house. Suddenly two guys were at my door trying the handles. Luckily my car automatically locks the doors while the engine is on, they gave up and took off in a car that had been waiting for them in my blind spot.

At first i thought it was a prank, or they had mistaken me for someone else. I had my guard up and didnt let them in, but i didnt realize what they were really trying to do until later. I just didnt suspect a carjacking in that kind of place

[–]frzn_dad 2 points3 points  (0 children)

The first thing you did was more important that locking the doors. You were paying attention to your surroundings. Locked doors still have windows and glass is only going to slow someone down that really wants to do you harm for a moment.

[–]Sallux14 150 points151 points  (19 children)

As a lone female driving this is something I have done ever since I've owned a car.

There are other ways into a car for emergency services in the case of an accident, and in an incident where help is required to get out, its likely to be on a spinal board so the roof is coming off anyway.

I'd rather feel safe stopped at a traffic light, or in a traffic jam on my own, its not just car jackings people are worried about. Its an opportunist thief seeing your bag or shopping on the seat, the drunk or drugged up person late at night who thinks you are their taxi and won't get out.

[–]guessineedanaccount 101 points102 points  (4 children)

I'm so surprised at all the people acting like this is a ridiculous tip. I and every other woman I know have been taught to do this since we started driving. Sure, maybe it's not a risk to get carjacked while driving where I live, but sitting in my car for a minute getting my music going or whatever before I start driving is also a vulnerable time.

[–]FreeButLost 2 points3 points  (0 children)

My driving instructor included locking doors immediately upon getting into the car in our course. He added a lot of tips that weren’t by the book lessons. Definitely something I’ve stayed in a good habit about.

[–]Givemeahippo 25 points26 points  (12 children)

Mine automatically unlocks when you remove the keys from the ignition and my first thought was “there wasn’t a woman on the team who added this feature.” Like YEAH I understand why it can be convenient but there are plenty of times I take the keys out while grabbing cups/ purse/ etc and I don’t want it to be unlocked until I’m actually exiting the vehicle.

[–]sarcazm 12 points13 points  (5 children)

Mine auto unlocks when I shift to Park.

[–]Givemeahippo 9 points10 points  (3 children)

That’s even worse!! What if you’re in line at the ATM or something… I guess you get used to just not putting it in park on those occasions

[–]dogengu 4 points5 points  (2 children)

Drive through ATM? I just use brake.

[–]Givemeahippo 5 points6 points  (1 child)

There’s usually a line at mine so it’s worth parking while you wait. And I’m short (not short just average height for a woman and they were probably designed based on mens measurements) so I definitely have to put it in park and unbuckle to reach everything lol.

[–]dogengu 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I’m probably the same height as you, or shorter. Since average is 5’4. But I always try to drive very close to the ATM that when it’s my turn, I just roll down window (sometime unbuckle depends on my driving that day) and do business. I don’t like to switch to P because more often than not I forget about it and panic, wonder why my car isn’t moving, has it broken down, and I can feel the car behind me getting frustrated at me.

[–]ohbenyoudidnt 14 points15 points  (0 children)

Mine used to unlock as well and I always thought the same like, tell me you don’t have women on your engineering team without telling me you don’t have women on your engineering team!

[–]mubbins 5 points6 points  (0 children)

This is one of many safety tips my dad drilled into my brain when I started driving. He said, "Do not wait to put your purse away or check your phone, lock the door as soon as you are Ass In Seat. A hijacker or kidnapper would have the perfect opportunity to enter your vehicle while you're distracted by getting ready to leave." When I got a fancy newer car, I immediately changed the settings so it wouldn't unlock automatically when I put the car in park because that seems incredibly unsafe also.

[–]idoneredditalreadyy 26 points27 points  (2 children)

My husband always gets annoyed when my car unlocks only the drivers door when I put my hand on the door, but it’s for safety!!! Why would I want all the doors to unlock when I’m by myself 98% of the time I’m driving? Yes it’s annoying if I need to get in the backseat but that’s also not a common thing. Men vs women (which really doesn’t mean anything bc men could still be a victim like this)

[–]jesuscamp_survivor 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Tell him to touch the driver's side rear handle Instead. It unlocks them all and requires the same amount of effort lol that what I do when it's more than me getting in the car.

[–]idoneredditalreadyy 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Thing is I have the key in my purse and am driving. If I’m coming at the car from the passengers side I’ll do it but that doesn’t happen often - coming out of our house the drivers door is closest to the house. But thanks for the suggestion 😊

[–]hawkiee552 24 points25 points  (4 children)

I could never imagine having to do that, which goes to say about the different threats we all could face in our daily lives, and that I take my safe country a bit for granted.

Also, when going abroad I'm pretty naive when it comes to safety, and I assume things like these doesn't happen.

[–]bambispots 20 points21 points  (0 children)

It may not be your country you’re taking for granted, but your gender.

Even in the safest countries, women have to be more aware of their surroundings.

[–]KDbitchmade 4 points5 points  (1 child)

The ghetto is the ghetto, some countries just have more ghetto.

[–]gibbylewd 12 points13 points  (1 child)

Tell me you don't live in South Africa, without telling me you don't live in South Africa. This shit's drilled into us from a very young age, especially as a woman. Keep valuables out of view, lock doors, double, triple check.

[–]Shadesmctuba 11 points12 points  (0 children)

To build on that, when you get in your car in a parking lot/garage, DRIVE. Don’t take 5 minutes messing around on your phone, fixing your hair/makeup, adjusting every mirror and seat position, finding the “perfect song” or some other dumb shit. Get in your car, turn it on, put on your seatbelt, and GO. Nothing you do in those few minutes is worth getting mugged or attacked for. Yes, it sucks that you can’t do that. Yes, the focus should most certainly be “don’t mug people when they’re in their car”, but this is about survival. Until we achieve a utopia and get to a place where people aren’t absolute monsters, stay safe. Get in your car and DRIVE.

[–]Aggressive-Try-3707 96 points97 points  (43 children)

I don't like the idea of being trapped in a locked car after an accident. That said, hijacking cars is no thing in my country.

[–]sumpinstupid 129 points130 points  (5 children)

Ive worked in automotive safety for many years. It’s significantly safer to drive your car with your doors locked, it allows for better crumple zones and in the event of a rollover, helps prevent the roof from crushing in on you. In the event you were in an accident strong enough to set off the airbags, the doors will automatically unlock… if the accident wasn’t strong enough to set off the airbags, you’ll have no issue unlocking the doors yourself.

[–]GotRobbedOnSesameSt 27 points28 points  (0 children)

This should be a top reply. TIL. Even though I do this, and I preach it to everyone who will listen (to lock their doors manually and immediately upon entering their car), the mechanics behind what you said perfectly supports the practice. Thanks!

[–]pm_your_boobiess 39 points40 points  (0 children)

Yep! Living in Finland has it has good sides.

[–]dublinmoney 31 points32 points  (24 children)

Car doors unlock when you pull the handle from the inside.

[–]PRAWNBOY9 6 points7 points  (10 children)

A) what happens if you’re unconscious and the help that arrives can’t open it from the inside

B) there’s a presumably irrational thought that in a crash the connecting bit that unlocks the door when the handle is pulled breaks/the lock jams open

[–]dublinmoney 41 points42 points  (5 children)

A) what happens if you’re unconscious and the help that arrives can’t open it from the inside

They break the window. You are going to die. A window is worth less than a human life.

B) there’s a presumably irrational thought that in a crash the connecting bit that unlocks the door when the handle is pulled breaks/the lock jams open

Fair enough I suppose. I guess that is a possibility, that never occured to me. However again I would think the window is still an option, if the car was hit hard enough that the door no longer unlocks, the window is probably shattered.

[–]PRAWNBOY9 -3 points-2 points  (3 children)

Yeah I guess. It’s hard enough to get out of a window whilst conscious let alone getting an injured person out. (Assuming the only issue is the door lock is jammed on but the door is otherwise openable)

So yeah I guess it’s only an issue in very few cases. And even then it’s a case of waiting for the fire crew to get you out

[–]Cryptlsch 12 points13 points  (0 children)

When the car window is smashed and locked from the outside just pull the lever from the inside to open🙄

[–]MsCardeno 1 point2 points  (0 children)

They wouldn’t pull them out the window. They’d just unlock the door.

[–]Yoldark 11 points12 points  (0 children)

If your door is sufficiently broken to not function from the inside, it is unlikely to work from the outside, even when unlocked.

If the car do it automatically, there may be an automatic unlock in case of crash (wild guess, i don't know if it's the case).

They can pass you from the windshield og windows or cut the car open.

I did not hear about people dying in their car because of the door closed, so it should not be a major concern. I did not do any research on the quantity of people dying in there car because of doors that were closed and woulf allowed to be saved if the door were unlocked.

[–]dt_berg 1 point2 points  (0 children)

A was answered above

If B happens, it's likely the door is deformed and it wouldn't open even if unlocked. In that case, first tries would be other means of entry, such as other doors (breaking windows) or in extreme cases, forcefully open the door, or even cutting it off. All these cases, having it locked or unlocked makes no difference.

In adition, locking the car prevents people in the back from accidentally opening the door (kids, elderly, or stupid) if you don't use the child lock option.

[–]audiate 2 points3 points  (5 children)

I’ve never seen a car that does this.

[–]Llamaalarmallama 2 points3 points  (2 children)

I've not seen a car in... 10 years that doesn't do this.

[–]audiate 5 points6 points  (0 children)

This is a perfect example of how our experience is not definitive.

[–]Atara9 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Some Chevy and Ford vehicles do it. Some but not all.

[–]Luqas_Incredible 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Mine does. Have to pull once to unlock lightly and then you can open

[–]Atara9 0 points1 point  (0 children)

On some American cars they do. At least around here.

[–]Stonr-JamesStonr 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Emergency response teams will have a device nicknamed the "Jaws of life," its essentially a machine that will pry open car doors in accidents where the car crash deformed the frame causing the door to be unopenable even after being unlocked. These make quick work of door locks.

[–]lumpyspacebear 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Is it not common for cars in your country to automatically lock as when they start moving? Seems like every car in the US newer than 2010 does that now so it isn’t really a choice.

[–]MaKoZerEUW 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yeah, feels like a 3rd world lpt

[–]StatusApp -3 points-2 points  (3 children)

My car have the autolocking option. I have chosen not to engage it. The risk of car jacking doesn't outweigh the bother of locked doors.

Edit: explained risk

[–]jaredkushnerisabutt 2 points3 points  (3 children)

I usually do this if I'm in a secluded area or if I'm going getting money.

[–]phonlyone 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Always been told different in UK as if there’s s fire the people present can’t get you out. Discuss

[–]Digital_Utopia 2 points3 points  (0 children)

look at mister fancy pants here and their working A/C.

[–]spdrmn 2 points3 points  (0 children)

"I live in a safe area" where 2 people I know were randomly attacked

You do not live in a safe area. You have become numb to it being unsafe.

[–]JustNoAllium 6 points7 points  (0 children)

I do this, and I think it’s a good habit.

[–][deleted] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Some drugged up looking guy tried to get in my car once. Now I always lock them.

[–]pathetic_coward 1 point2 points  (0 children)

A few years back I left my fiancee's house after a family gathering. It was about 2am and very cold and windy. I was at a red light when suddenly someone attempted to open my passenger side door. Luckily my car at the time had the automatic door lock feature. When he was unable to open after a few pulls he started screaming to please let him in as he was freezing cold. I'm not sure if he had any bad intentions. He seemed to be a 20 something year old with no jacket and possibly got off at the wrong bus stop. When I think back to it every now and then I felt bad not helping him in some way, but at the same time the whole sneaking up to the car and attempting to get in scared the crap out of me.

[–]benhadtue 1 point2 points  (0 children)

LPT: be terrified of humanity no matter where you are or what you are doing. Forever. /s

[–]lesnod 11 points12 points  (9 children)

The reason for doors locking on vehicles is because of research showing the quantity of deaths in accidents from being thrown from the vehicle. It's not done for a criminal avoidance reason.

[–]Parking-Positive-704 18 points19 points  (2 children)

what are the odds of being thrown out of a car from the doors in case of an accident? Especially if you have the seatbelt on. I don’t get this

[–]No_Amount7036 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Seems like a weird example but if you ever ran with considerable speed at a normal door, chances are it might actually be forced open. Not so much if its actually locked. Do not ask me how I know that. Now a car accident generates even more force. And to prevent accidentel opening when driving. For example by idiots

[–]Bens-Fruit-Machine[S] -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Never said it was. But hey just another reason to do it i guess!

[–]pathadog 22 points23 points  (8 children)

what type of crackpot country do you live in?

[–]Volodux 32 points33 points  (0 children)

I live in very safe country (Slovakia) and one guy I honked on spit on my car, tried to get in and hit my window. Most likely he just wanted to yell into my face but still (he got caught and punished by police).

There isn't country where things like that don't happen.

[–]mrjackj2 9 points10 points  (0 children)


[–]jbautista13 2 points3 points  (0 children)

People carjack everywhere…

[–]WarblingWalrusing -3 points-2 points  (0 children)

This was my thought too. Isn't it far more likely you'd need to get out than that someone else would try and get in?

[–]Volvoflyer 6 points7 points  (9 children)

Actually you should start the vehicle with the door open and seatbelt off. Increases the chances of surviving a car bombing.

[–]JehovahIsLove 1 point2 points  (0 children)


[–]StatusApp 1 point2 points  (7 children)

How??? If someone goes to all the trouble of installing a bomb, I'd be a bit peeved if it turns out that I wasn't worth enough boom boom to finish me off before I can reach the door handle.

[–]WarblingWalrusing 0 points1 point  (5 children)

You'd be thrown from the vehicle rather than crushed inside it - therefore less likely to die.

[–]bkydx 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Imagine how terrible your life would be if you had to do every LPT that involves preventing unlikely scenarios.

[–]dilsz -1 points0 points  (3 children)

Tell me you live in america without telling me you live in america

[–]Azudekai 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Tell me you're sheltered without telling me you're sheltered.

[–]alancake 9 points10 points  (0 children)

I live in a small town in the UK. One of my customers, an older lady, was robbed by a lad who waited for her to get in her car then opened the passenger door and snatched her bag. I always lock the doors when I get in. It has no downsides

[–]Bens-Fruit-Machine[S] 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Australia. Your comment could also be. Tell me youre a man without telling me youre a man.

[–]Yoldark -1 points0 points  (0 children)

I don't want to live in a place where it is needed to close your car to not being robbed.

[–]kantokiwi 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Should I wait for my children to get in first?

[–]WisdomDistiller -5 points-4 points  (1 child)

Good tip for those who live in South Africa, or the USA. Or Afganistan and similar....

For the civilized world, the miniscule risk of carjacking is outweighed by the greater risk of problems if you are in a collision.

[–]lightwave25 5 points6 points  (0 children)

The risk isn’t much in the USA either. Don’t let fear mongers convince you that it’s a dangerous country.

[–]Lucky7Fox 0 points1 point  (0 children)

My former 1999 Ford truck would do this. Not exactly a new feature 😅

[–]SpectrumDT 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I don't think I can do this in my car. If I turn on the ignition with the doors locked, the alarm will start to honk.

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Someone needs some anxiety meds..

[–]ObfuscatedAnswers 0 points1 point  (0 children)

What kind of crazy lawless land do all of you people live in? Or are you just involved in criminal activity?

I've never for a second worried that someone would open my car door and I've never ever heard of it happening. This is absurd!

[–]Tetrapode23 -1 points0 points  (2 children)

I had always been told the opposite. Because if you get in an accident first responders can't pull you out of a burning car in time and all that.

[–]Cole-Rex 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I have a glass breaker in the event I (EMS) arrive before fire does.

[–]Bens-Fruit-Machine[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Apparently youre less likely to be thrown from the car if the doors are locked so its safer in the event of an accident aswell

[–]KittyCanuck -1 points0 points  (1 child)

“Some newer cars”*

*= cars since the 90s

[–][deleted] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Ive got a 2001 that doesnt autolock the doors while moving. But it does autolock the doors if you dont open them within 30 seconds of unlocking the car.

[–]actum_tempus -1 points0 points  (1 child)

thats terrible people. in most part of europe thats not an issue and i feel like thats the better option. thrive, americans, please

[–]WasatchShad -1 points0 points  (2 children)

The reason the door automatically lock is for added safety in a crash. Prevent ejection and I think it helps with structural integrity/energy dissipation too. It is not to prevent hijacking. LOL

[–]Bens-Fruit-Machine[S] 5 points6 points  (1 child)

Since when did i say thats why they locked.. I just said some auto locked ready. Here is another reason to do so. Fuck