Motorists ask help for key problems
More than 20,000 motorists had to be helped to overcome "key related" problems last year, a breakdown company has revealed.
The icy weather at the end of 2009 led to large numbers of cases of keys either breaking or jamming in the locks of cars, breakdown company Green Flag said.
The firm said most call-outs it attended were down to motorists accidentally locking keys inside their car.
Green Flag head Dan Robinson said: "Locking keys in the car is not only frustrating, it can be dangerous too.
"Young children can often find themselves inside the car with parents or guardians looking in, hoping they don't nudge the handbrake or get hurt.
"We prioritise any calls where children are at risk and our highly skilled technicians are able to get into a car within a matter of minutes.
"After locking your keys in the car, the next most common key call-out is jammed keys in the ignition barrel or locks.
"December saw the highest volume of keys broken or snapped.
"It is important you don't force your key into the barrel if the lock is iced over or feels stiff."