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Rosemary White (402) 390-1000


August 16, 2007
Spare Car Keys a Must for College-Bound Students

As students prepare to leave home and head off to college, AAA reminds them to include a spare set of car keys on their "must-take" list.

Doing so will help prevent lockout situations which are inconvenient, costly, and can sometimes develop into dangerous situations especially if they occur late at night.

In many lockout cases involving college students, the spare keys were with their parents in another city or state.

AAA suggests student drivers:

  • Have an extra set of keys made before you leave home. Spare door keys typically cost only $3-$6 each. Expect to pay more for ignition keys equipped with computer chip technology.
     
  • Get in the habit of using your key to lock the door when exiting the vehicle instead of using the automatic door lock button.
     
  • Keep a spare door key in your wallet, purse, briefcase, or computer case.
     
  • Avoid placing your keys in your shirt or jacket pocket where they can easily slide out.
     
  • Avoid placing your keys in your shirt or jacket pocket where they can easily slide out.
     
  • Give an extra set of keys to a trusted friend who would be willing to come to your aid in an emergency.
     
In addition, never leave the keys in the ignition with the vehicle running and unattended, even during short periods of time.

Last year, AAA's national network of roadside assistance providers responded to more than 5 million calls for lockout service.


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