Keep Your Vehicle Keys Safe While Shopping This Holiday Season

(LOS ANGELES,  Dec. 2, 2011) –  Once again, December will likely bring the highest volume of requests for help by people who have locked themselves out of their vehicle, according to member roadside assistance statistics compiled by the Automobile Club of Southern California’s member roadside assistance statistics.
 
In December 2010, the Auto Club answered more than 77,375 calls for help from members at shopping malls, retail centers, grocery stores and other locations, or about 9 percent of all lockout calls.  When comparing different months, the December 2010 lockout call volume is nearly 18 percent higher than September 2010. Overall, lockout calls made up about 16 percent of all roadside assistance calls for last year.
 
The top four busiest days in 2010 for lockout services all fell in December:
  1. Dec. 17 (the Friday before Christmas)…..……..2,864 calls
  2. Dec. 3…………………………………...………...2,664 calls
  3. Dec. 23……………………………………...…… 2,652 calls
  4. Dec. 21……………………………………...…….2,619 calls  
  Total: (10,799)
 
"Since more than half of Southern California households have an Auto Club member living there, this issue really pertains to all shoppers,” said David Lang, vice president of Automotive Services.  “The number of opportunities to forget car keys in vehicle ignitions or trunks where packages and gifts are stored seems to increase as harried shoppers get caught up in the rush of the season.” 
 
Lang says motorists can avoid being locked out of their vehicles this holiday season by: 
  • Never leaving car keys inside the vehicle’s passenger compartment in order to do something else like help a passenger or a child.
  • Staying focused. Don’t become distracted while driving or getting in or out of your vehicle.
  • Creating the habit of exiting your vehicle with your car keys in hand and using the key fob security system to lock doors.  
  • Trying not to speed or rush while driving, parking or walking into or out of shopping centers.  
  • Putting keys in your pocket or purse when loading or unloading packages in your trunk.
  • Taking a moment when exiting a vehicle or before closing the car trunk lid to be sure you have your car keys in your hand, pocket or purse.
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