Everyone has had a moment of absentmindedness while getting out of their car, which resulted in their keys locked in the vehicle. Some drivers opt to break into the car to retrieve the keys while others prefer waiting for a tow truck. To avoid the aggravation, delays, and expense of a lockout, prepare yourself with these strategies.
How to Keep Your Keys From Getting Locked in Your Car
1. Keep a Spare
Having an emergency key can provide immediate entry into your vehicle or at least cut down the cost of getting in. If you feel comfortable keeping a key hidden on the car, use a magnetic compartment that can be hidden under your bumper. You can also keep the spare in your wallet or purse. Finally, leave a copy at home or with a trusted person who’ll arrive with the spare during a lockout.
2. Lock Your Car From the Outside
To save time, many people hit the door locks before they get out of the car. Instead of doing this, lock the doors using your key or keyfob once you’re already outside with the doors closed. It may be slower, but it forces you to have your key in hand.
3. Create a Routine
Keys are most often left in your car during a moment of distraction or when you’re doing something different than usual, like carrying multiple items. To avoid both these problems, intentionally create a routine for your key. For example, take the key out of the ignition and put it directly into your pocket before you leave the car or set a specific time to check that your keys are in your hand, like when your feet touch the ground. This moment of attention is a reliable cure for absentminded mishaps.
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