Getting locked out of your vehicle is a real drag. It can happen easily if you’re in a rush or not paying close attention to what you’re doing. Usually getting locked out aggravates an already stressful situation, making it one of the world’s biggest inconveniences.
Well, we all learn from experience. At Racine’s Lock & Key, we’re happy to pass along these important tips to prevent a car lockout and a real headache!
- Always keep your keys in the same place and check before you enter or exit your vehicle
For some, it’s the back pocket. For others, it’s the left pocket. Okay, we think you get the picture. A quick pat check of your chosen pocket is all it takes most times to realize you’ve left your keys somewhere.
But not every article of clothing has handy pockets. That’s okay! The biggest takeaway here is that you want to keep your keys in a secure location on your person. Somewhere on your body that is easily accessible, defensible, and easily checked at multiple points throughout the day. If you don’t have pockets, the next best bet is a purse or wallet, something important you won’t forget to leave behind. Just remember to do the check when you go to leave and when you arrive!
- Get a super awesome keychain and add accessories
We know what you’re thinking: What is that going to do to help me remember my keys? A lot of times when we think of accessories we can add to our keys like a lucky rabbit’s foot or a pocket tool, we’re thinking about style or functionality, but these accessories serve a greater purpose than that.
Adding bulky objects to your keychain makes it more visible, so if you leave it somewhere you can easily see it before you walk out or close the door. Also, if you drop a heavy keychain, it is likely to make a bigger noise so you can hear it before you walk off. Lastly, adding your own “flavor” to your keychain will help you to be sure you don’t pick up someone else’s keys on accident. If you and a co-worker drive the same car, you may have come across this!
- Leave a spare key with a friend, family member, or neighbor
If you end up locked out, you’ll want someone to get to you quickly in order to get you back in. Usually you can rely on a family member, friend, or neighbor to be close by and willing to come to you in an emergency where you get locked out of your car. Just be careful that you check on that spare key from time to time to make sure it hasn’t been misplaced! This double whammy is something you can’t afford when you have already misplaced the original.
- Have your local locksmith on speed dial
Of course, even if you take all the precautions you can, it is still possible you’ll get locked out. Mistakes happen all the time, which is why it’s a GREAT idea to have your local. trusted locksmith’s phone number in your phone RIGHT NOW.
If you get locked out of your car, have this number (262) 509-0366 readily available. At Racine’s Lock & Key, we offer 24/7 car key replacement, spare car keys and lock opening services. Our car technicians are always equipped with all the right tools and machines to take care of any auto locksmith requirement on the spot and without any delay! Give us a call today!