Did I Just Do That? Lock My Keys In The Car?
So you are having a good conversation with someone on the phone or in person as you exit the vehicle. Without thinking, you push the lock button and close the door. Just as soon as you hear the door close, it hits you. Your keys are still in the car.
Another scenario, you are in a hurry loading your trunk with groceries. Your hands are full so without thinking, you put the keys down in the trunk. You finish loading the car and close the trunk. Isn’t it funny how fast the realization of what just happened comes to you when you hear the noise of the trunk closing? Don’t worry, you are not the only one. This happens more often than not.
Preventative Tips To Help Prevent Lock Out
There are a few habits that you can develop to ensure not getting locked out of the car. Put these into practice and locking your keys in the car will be a thing of the past. There are also handy gadgets you can pick up that can help as well.
Spare Key – It’s not just for the other people that may operate your vehicle. Make a spare key and place it in your wallet or purse. Clip it in if possible to ensure that it stays put. You can also have a spare key that you keep somewhere at home in a safe place. There are magnetic boxes made for keeping spare keys that you can attach to your vehicle in a hidden area. If you are using the magnetic box to hide your key, you want to make sure that it is out of site and not in a place that will get knocked off if you bottom out.
Retractable Key Chain – This is my personal favorite. a retractable key chain will usually have a clip that you can clip onto a belt loop or onto your purse. Simply unlock the door or trunk and let go. This is the perfect preventative device for people that are always in a hurry.
Use The Remote – If you have a remote unlock/lock for your vehicle, use it to lock the vehicle after you exit. Don’t lock your vehicle manually. If you exit the vehicle and leave the keys in the car, you will know right away when you go to push the button to lock it. Since you are not locking it manually anymore, you’ll be glad that you developed this habit.
Hand To Pocket or Purse – Get in the habit of taking the key out of the ignition and placing them directly in your pocket or purse. Or if you have the retractable key ring, clip them where you normally clip them. It is really easy to place the keys on the seat next to you especially when having a conversation or listening to something on the radio that you are really interested in.
Prevent Lock Out
Each method above is a great way to prevent having a bad day. It is easy to be distracted but creating good habits will help you to prevent getting locked out of your vehicle. Hopefully this has helped and you don’t end up looking through the window of your vehicle at your keys.
If you have found this to be helpful, please like and share (especially if you know someone that locks their keys in the car more than occasionally). If you do lock your keys in the car, don’t worry, it happens. You can always call Ron May Towing and Recovery. We have a professional tool kit specifically designed for auto lockouts. Each vehicle requires a different tool to protect the customers vehicle while getting them back into their car and on their way safely. See more about our Lock Out Service on our website.