Imagine you’re getting home from a long day of work. All you want to do is plop on the couch, unwind, and marathon Stranger Things for the umpteenth time. You get to your car door, reach for your pocket and then you realize – you don’t have your car keys. You swear you had them earlier but now they’re nowhere to be seen. Now instead of rushing home to veg out, you’re calling a locksmith or trying to figure out the bus routes to get home. Losing your car keys can be beyond frustrating, but with a few simple steps, you can prevent a really frustrating loss from ruining your day.
More than anything else, focus on forming habits that will stop you from forgetting your car keys. Fumbling through dirty pants pockets and checking under the cushions wastes valuable time and is preventable. This means first defining a place for your keys. Having somewhere to put your coat, boots, and keys when you first walk through the door is a great place to start. Maybe you have a key dish or hook by your entryway. It should be something that’s quick and easy for you to remember to do when you’re exhausted walking through the door. This will train you to always know where your keys are at inside your home.
But what about when you’re not at home? Investing in a lanyard to keep around your neck, wrist, or in your pocket can help make sure your keys are always tethered to you. Then there’s the oldie but a goodie – the key chain. You can get hooks or clips to attach them to your pant belt loops. Even just adding a bit of weight to them will remind you if they are in your pant pockets or not.
Are you always forgetting your keys at the office? Try setting an alarm on your phone that will go off right before you typically leave. The idea is to always be one step ahead of yourself. Figure out your own quirks and you’re one step closer to solving the problem.
Okay, so all the reminders in the world and your car keys are still becoming the next picture on the back of a milk carton. So, what can you do when you actually lose them? Track them down! There are countless great innovations that have come out over the last few years in this sector. If you have a smartphone, you can download app like TrackR to locate your runaway car keys before they find a new home.
If you’re always losing your keys around the house, you can also invest in a key locator. Companies like JTD sell these relatively cheap devices that hook onto your keyring and sync up with a transmitter. This will emit a sound and light from your keys, making them easier to find when they’re stuffed between the couch cushions or hidden in your bathroom.
Even with all the preparation in the world, accidents still happen. One of the worst thing is seeing those shiny keys right in the driver’s seat while you paw at the window trying to get in. It’s bad enough getting locked out of your car and even worse when you don’t have a back-up plan. We’ve talked about getting locked out of your car before on this blog, but it’s a situation that warrants reiteration.
Having a spare car key is essential in these cases. Of course, this is only helpful when you have the key handy or have someone who can drop it off to you. A hideaway key can solve this issue. These devices have a small storage space to put a spare key and/or money inside it. They typically have a combination to access the storage and can be placed around the exterior using magnetics or ties.
And in the case that none of that works out and you find yourself up a creek – don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Sevan offers automotive locksmith services, ranging from key replacement and reprogramming to ignition repair. But to prevent that day from happening, start preparing yourself with habits and apps today.