While I can remember moments of oh shit where are my keys they where always in the apartment. I think might have been mostly working nights/doubles and being too tired. Or maybe just young/stupid. It’s been at least a decade since they weren’t exactly where they should be. Although there is no one else around to fuck with them
I’ve lost my keys twice in my life. Once when my roommate was away, which meant I had to break into my own apartment. And once in my bedroom, but I thought I’d lost them while traveling and had half of Madison, WI, searching for them. I found them months later under a pile of knitting supplies.
Mine go from a hook by the front door to the ignition to my back right pocket, back into the ignition (“rinse/repeat”) then back on the hook when I get home. The only exception is when I drive to work and I clip them to my backpack since they don’t fit in my back right pocket (I have to use that for my wallet since most scrubs don’t have back left pockets for some reason)
If I am traveling away from the car I clip them into my backpack or put them in the zippered pouch in my suitcase while away from the car.
The front door hook has key sets for my Vibe, the wife’s RAV4, and my mom’s Focus which she doesn’t drive anymore. The extra keys for the house are also on that hook. Spare key sets are in a basket on the bottom shelf of the baker’s rack which is located next to where the hook is.
TL:DR I bought a set anyway. You know…it’s a belt and suspenders kind of thing…
BTW with new modern cars, getting extra keys cut is super expensive, so keep that in mind as well. Extra remote entry key fobs can be had pretty cheap, but self-programming can be a bit problematic depending on the vehicle.
@chienfou If there was one thing I could change about my new car, it would be to switch the key-less ignition/entry to a keyed system. As it is, if my battery is dead, there is no way to open the trunk to get jumper cables and, even if I did have cables, no way to open the hood (if the doors are locked) to access the battery.
And expensive to replace is an understatement. When I picked up my new car, the dealer could not find the spare key fob for it. After a couple of weeks, they arranged to get a new fob made for me. It took 2 hours to program the new fob and I saw the invoice - over $300 (which I did not have to pay). WTF?
@chienfou@macromeh Every keyless fob system I’ve seen for newer vehicles has had at least a mini key integrated in the fob you can use to open the driver/passenger door. From there, you can pop the hood, which is likely still a mechanical cable/latch for just this reason. My vehicle (2021 Mazda CX-5 GT) has all sort of tech bells and whistles, but when I helped jump someone’s battery this week, it was a mechanical system like always.
And if you have a sedan or other body type where the trunk is separate from the main cabin, there should be a place to use the physical key as well, though manufacturers like to hide it a lot more nowadays.
Agree with the original point that replacement fobs for vehicles are incredibly expensive, so one more reason to not lose your keys.
@chienfou@Star2236 I had a completely dead battery once, but fortunately the doors were not locked and I was able to gain access to recharge it.
Which leads to another gripe: the new car’s 12V power outlet is on all the time - it does not switch off with the ignition like my former car did. (Thus the dead battery.) Actually, my former car had two 12V outlets - one was always on and the other was only on when the ignition was on. And it had a mechanical door/ignition key!
My Mom’s Focus is like that (power always on for the “cigarette lighter” power outlet). I have a (Dollartree) dual USB charger in it all the time. It has a blue LED light that is on 24/7. Even though the car gets used only a couple of times a week we have never had any trouble with the battery running down. That includes the times it has set up for a couple of weeks if we are out out town and no one drove it. Of course, battery condition etc will impact that outcome, so YMMV.
@chienfou@Star2236 In my dead battery situation I left the dashcam running, dutifully taking video of the inside of the dark garage while the car sat undriven for ~4 weeks. I don’t drive it much since I’ve started working from home. Plus I was used to my previous car that powered off the 12V outlet (and the dashcam) when the ignition was off, so I was not yet trained to switch it off manually. Now I have a “Turn off the dashcam, idiot!” label on the (keyless) ignition button.
My keys are in the same spot if not in my purse or ignition. But when I was a teenager I used to lock my keys in the car all the time. Did twice in the same spot in the same weekend once, when cops came to open my car they said “weren’t we just here last night.” I’ve even done it while my cars been running. Thankfully I haven’t done it in a long while.