Picture this: You walk up to your car, reach into your pocket or purse, and freeze. You’ve lost your car keys. This is the same situation for over one in 10 drivers, who have found themselves standing next to their car with no key to open it. According to a survey of 2,000 vehicle users by Lloyds Bank Car Insurance, 26% of drivers have lost their car keys, and even one in 20 have had their keys stolen. Replacing your car locking systems can be very costly, so here are a few tips to finding your car keys before looking into lock out services.

Of drivers who lost their keys, 20% misplaced them at work, 15% while shopping, and 13% while visiting a friend or relative. When you lose your car keys, it’s best to first trace back your steps to the last time you remember having them. Check that place first, and then work backward to the other locations you visited throughout the day. If you lost your keys during a shopping trip, revisiting each store and ask if anyone has turned in a key. Get in contact with anyone you may have met for the day, and ask them to keep a lookout for your keys.

Be sure to check some of the more unusual places you may have placed your key. You may have accidentally dropped them into a bag you were reaching into, or placing them down in the fridge while looking for a quick snack.

If all else fails, and you are certain you have lost your car keys, you should call your local locksmith services. Professional locksmiths can get you back on the road in a few hours. If you do not have a usual locksmith, search for professional locksmith services online, or ask around for any recommendations.

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