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How to Avoid Locking Your Keys in the Car

Aug 5th 2015 at 2:21 AM

Anyone can accidentally leave keys in the car and find themselves locked out. A few simple tips can make this unfortunate event a very unlikely one.


Locking yourself out of your car can be a major inconvenience, and sometimes the consequences can be serious. It might not be so bad if your wallet or your phone didn’t happen to be sitting on the car seat, because in that case you can’t call for help, and you have no ID or cash. If you’ve ever been worried about this mishap, try these tips to reduce your chances.


Keep a copy of your key somewhere else; if you are home or near your home, you can retrieve it there... To practice good safety measures, don’t just leave it under the doormat; design an outside storage box for it that can be left in a location that is easy for you to reach, but not easy for someone else to find. Another method is to attach the spare key to the exterior of your car in a secure but not obvious location. You can buy a small metal box with a magnet that attaches to fenders or bumpers, or anyplace on the car you choose. You can also give a copy of your key to someone you trust who can rescue you if you find yourself in this situation


You will never forget your keys if you attach them to your clothes; you can use a chain or a lanyard of some sort, but the idea is that you can put the key in the ignition while it is still tethered to you. After you have parked the car you simply take the key back out of the ignition. When you exit the car, the key must go with you.


If you are a disciplined person, train yourself to never lock the car except when you are standing outside of it. This may sound incredibly simple but it will work every time; or, you can get a regular flat key cut from your ignition key. You can keep spare key in your purse or wallet or pocket at all times and use it if you get locked out. Of course, you have to remember not to leave these items in the car.


Nowadays it isn’t even necessary to have a key to lock or unlock your car; this can be done digitally. You can dispense with using keys at all and just get a remote control device that will unlock the car. The remote can remain affixed to your purse or on your person.


These tips should help you avoid this unpleasant scenario in the future. If you are looking for assistance in case it does happen, visit this website to find out more about car lockouts in La Mesa.


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