Regardless if you’re the victim of a kidnapping or just the subject of a prank gone very wrong, getting locked in the trunk of a car is a severe situation. Most new vehicles have escape systems in place such as glow-in-the-dark handles that you can pull to release the latch from inside the trunk.
Though there are still numerous cars on the road today that have an anti-kidnapping feature. If you find yourself in a car trunk, know that there are a few ways to get out.
Pull the Trunk Release
If you’re not lucky enough to see that glowing T-handle trunk release, you still can be able to find the trunk release cable coming from the driver’s compartment. Try pulling it toward the front of the car, either with pliers you find in the trunk or bare-handed. This cable is typically along the floor on the driver’s side in most makes and models of vehicles. It can also be on the passenger side.
Use Some Tools
Feel around for a tire iron or screwdriver you can use to pry the trunk latch open. If that isn’t a choice or doesn’t work, use the tire jack and some sort of block to push on the center of the trunk near the latch, attempting to break it. You could also pry up a corner of the trunk lid, then signal other motorists for help.
Kick Your Way Out
If the car is empty and parked, kick through the backseat and crawl out through the passenger compartment. If you can’t do that type of escape, you may be able to kick out a taillight from inside the trunk. Once the light is out, stick your hand out through the hole and wave to get help.