"Uh-I don't know what happened. I left the keys in the car and I shut the door and it locked. The car's not supposed to do that."
my secret non-author identity as a call center advisor, this is my most
common call. Be it a dealer or customer, they're always shocked that
the car would have the sheer audacity to lock them out. After decades of
human evolution when it comes to automobiles and locking the keys
inside, you would think that we would have learned, but such is not the
case. These so-called smart keys that are supposed to prevent such a
situation have spoiled us.
Shockingly, most times they never
blame themselves for locking the keys in the car or in the trunk.
They're angry and disgruntled, the victim of some form of trickery that
the car has played on them. I even had one admit to pulling off on the
highway to take a smoke and getting locked out.
just want to ask: What were you doing to get your keys locked in the
car? Having a car that doesn't have a smart key, I'm paranoid about
getting locked out. I'm always aware of where my keys are when I get out
of the car. And if it ever happens, I have a family member with an
extra set, just in case. Maybe I'm crazy, but even with technology, I
wouldn't want to rely on a machine to save my butt in a jam.
we being dumbed down by technology, leaving common sense and our brains
by the wayside?
Are we getting too lazy to think, instead relying on
Apps and computers to do it for us?
grandmother used to carry an address book the size of a Yellow Pages in
her purse, which she kept with her until the day she had her final
stroke. Everyone from distant relative to close neighbor was listed in
that book and she even kept a backup at home. Nowadays all our contacts
are stored in our handy dandy smartphones. If your smartphone crashed,
would you be able to remember your emergency contacts?
same goes for driving. I've seen people pitch a fit because their GPS
isn't working. I know of people who get directions everyday for their
commute. What happens when you can't get directions?
about something as simple as shopping? Do I really need to whip out my
smartphone's calculator to figure out what my discount at Macy's will
I'm definitely not against technology,
obviously it's there for a reason. But every so often, maybe you might
want to warm up those brain cells just to make sure they're working
right. It may save you a long wait for roadside because you locked your
keys in your car.