Public service announcement
TJ has a post about locking keys in the car. I didn’t laugh because I’ve done it far too often myself. While I mentioned my solution to this problem in comments, I’m going to post it here as a public service announcement.
Get a dead credit card – one that’s for an account that no longer exists. Get some packing tape. Tape a car key to the front of the card, and put it with the rest of your credit cards in your purse or wallet. It’s still possible you’ll leave keys AND wallet/purse inside when you lock up, but the odds drop way, way down. But wait, there’s more, learned the hard way.
I had a friend doing a project with me. We carpooled a lot during this project. One fine (rainy) day (evening) we got to my residence, and in the midst of juggling all the stuff, picking up and setting down and sorting, I managed to put my keys down. Arms full, doors closed, five steps later he drives away – as normal. I get to door, and… cannot get in.
Look at that credit card with a key. Notice that it has room for two, maybe three keys. For those who cannot make the intuitive jump, put another key on the card. Same side – its easier to fit. I happen to have three keys on mine – my car, my wife’s car, and the house. The tape is on one side, not wrapped around two or three times. Umm, yes, another lesson.
Packing tape is TOUGH. And most of the time when I’m going to cut it, I’ll use… the keys, or the small pen-knife that’s on the keychain. Which if I’m needing the key on the card is, yep, locked away.
And I’ve never had to call a locksmith or pick the car lock with a coat hanger since.