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Hey, Dummy, Don't Forget Your Keys!

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The Southern Californian Auto Club would like to remind all of us that 'tis the season for us to be stupid, particularly when it comes to locking ourselves out of our cars. During December the Club deals with more locked out members than any other time of the year. In fact, according to their press release, in December of 2007 "the Auto Club answered 76,346 calls for help by its members for keys locked in vehicles at shopping malls, retail centers, grocery stores and other locations." The busiest locked-out days fell on the weekend before Christmas--you know, right when you're at the peak of frazzled, desperately trying to get everything done and every errand run.

They would like to remind us to remind ourselves to put our keys in our pockets or purses, to avoid distractions when getting in and out of the car, and forget about leaving a spare in the car--it's likely going to lead to left. But we know all this, right? It's common sense...you know, the stuff that falls by the wayside when we get deep into holiday madness. So will a word to the wise be sufficient? I guess we'll know next year when we get the statistics and the reminders again.

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