Statistics suggest that one quarter of drivers end up losing their car keys, an easy mistake to make but one that can greatly impact on people's day-to-day lives.
According to a survey of 2,000 vehicle users by Lloyds Bank Car Insurance, 26 per cent of drivers have lost their car keys while one in 20 have had theirs stolen.
Of the drivers that had lost their car keys, 20 per cent said this had happened at work, 15 per cent misplaced them during a shopping trip and 13 per cent discovered they were missing while visiting friends or relatives. Over one in ten had been in a situation where they had found themselves stood next to their car but with no keys to open it.
In terms of key theft, the majority of incidents occur in the home but more than 20 per cent said they had failed to keep them out of sight. Some were victims of pickpocketing with 19 per cent having had their keys stolen from a bag. A further one in ten said their keys had been stolen from their car.
Head of Lloyds Bank Car Insurance Jeremy Ward said: "Being without car keys can put life on hold for the 47 per cent of drivers who use their vehicle on a daily basis.
“Many manufacturers are now producing far more advanced key systems programmed with locking, immobilising, and recognition technology, which means that arranging a new set of keys is not only inconvenient and time consuming, but also extremely costly.”
If a driver loses their car keys, they should check their insurance cover policy as many companies include replacing keys as a standard service.
Additionally, people with breakdown cover can often call to gain access to their car in the event that they lock their keys in the vehicle.
Having a spare set of car keys can allow drivers to continue with their drive to or from work or their trip to the supermarket, although figures show that three million Brits do not carry a spare set of keys.
- On: 02 December 2013
- By: CarShop
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