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Strange question ¯\_(° ͜ʖ °)_/¯ I notice people walk a good few away from their car and then lock it? Why does everyone do this?

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So for example they get out and then keep their finger on the lock button then once they are a few however many steps away from car they press lock? 

 

Is it so no one.know it’s their car or somethings so they are not like looking at their car while lockingor what 

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Habit to make sure everyone's out of the car first, and because you can be finding the right button while walking the first few steps.

 

Edit: should note that I haven't driven in over 14 years, that's just what I remember.

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I don’t do it.
 

No power locks in my car. :D

 

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24 minutes ago, JoostinOnline said:

Habit to make sure everyone's out of the car first

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A better question for you; what would be the point of remote locking if you stood next to the car door when you used it?

 

 

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1 hour ago, Spotty said:

A better question for you; what would be the point of remote locking if you stood next to the car door when you used it?

 

 

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I do it often because as I'm first getting out of the car my worry isn't locking but double checking my surroundings

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7 hours ago, WolfLoverPro said:

So for example they get out and then keep their finger on the lock button then once they are a few however many steps away from car they press lock? 

 

Is it so no one.know it’s their car or somethings so they are not like looking at their car while lockingor what 

Some cars wont lock until the key is some distance away from the car.

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3 hours ago, Spotty said:

A better question for you; what would be the point of remote locking if you stood next to the car door when you used it?

 

 

Sets the alarm too, and saves key wear which does become an issues over the years. Got a car and had a new key cut as the original one doesn't reliable operate the drivers door lock any more. The new key gets jammed in the ignition barrel even though it was cut from the original key.

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20 minutes ago, aDoomGuy said:

Some cars wont lock until the key is some distance away from the car.

Mine only don't lock if the sensors find the key inside the car. And auto send the lock signal when i'm about 20 feet away.

 

For me i still manually press the lock button on the door once my wife is out and her door is closed.

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5 minutes ago, Franck said:

Mine only don't lock if the sensors find the key inside the car. And auto send the lock signal when i'm about 20 feet away.

 

For me i still manually press the lock button on the door once my wife is out and her door is closed.

I think that's wise. I mean who knows what can happen if you always let it auto lock and you step around a van parked next to your car and meet a friend that you talk to for a while and your car is still unlocked, right?

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2 hours ago, Curious Pineapple said:

Sets the alarm too, and saves key wear which does become an issues over the years. Got a car and had a new key cut as the original one doesn't reliable operate the drivers door lock any more. The new key gets jammed in the ignition barrel even though it was cut from the original key.

 

4 hours ago, TofuHaroto said:

Now that's how you utilize your stuff ;)

I would probably lock it then check the handle to make sure because then the person who don’t check and thinks it’s locked 🔒 whoops 

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2 hours ago, aDoomGuy said:

I think that's wise. I mean who knows what can happen if you always let it auto lock and you step around a van parked next to your car and meet a friend that you talk to for a while and your car is still unlocked, right?

Depend on the car you drive If you leave door unlock someone step in my car and steal it as i don't see it i am responsible as it's called "incitation to criminal behavior" here and not locking your car you can get ticket if you are not in your car and it's not locked.

 

I guess that the chance of getting your car stolen depends on the car make and model. Personally when i drive my wife civic i doubt the chances to have that happen to me is high compared to my car (a Challenger SRT) an i don't trust people around it plus a very similar situation happen to a buddy of mine from my muscle car group during a car show to raise fund for children hospital. Luckily the site was closed with barrier and the guy and girl that stole the car couldn't get out the parking lot we were in.

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6 hours ago, Spotty said:

A better question for you; what would be the point of remote locking if you stood next to the car door when you used it?

 

 

As opposed to what...? Reaching into the door and pressing the lock button? Or using the key to manually lock the doors?

 

Frankly on a modern car, using the Fob to lock it is the easiest and fastest way to do it. Even more so if there were passengers. 

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For me it's a several reasons:

Checking whether I've forgot anything in the car? Phone? Wallet? Sth else?

At the same time I walk away to see whether I've parked it right - and if not - I'll get back and

And finally I just love the blinking of my Subie when I lock it and it's another reason to look at is once more ❤️

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2 hours ago, Franck said:

Depend on the car you drive If you leave door unlock someone step in my car and steal it as i don't see it i am responsible as it's called "incitation to criminal behavior" here and not locking your car you can get ticket if you are not in your car and it's not locked.

 

I guess that the chance of getting your car stolen depends on the car make and model. Personally when i drive my wife civic i doubt the chances to have that happen to me is high compared to my car (a Challenger SRT) an i don't trust people around it plus a very similar situation happen to a buddy of mine from my muscle car group during a car show to raise fund for children hospital. Luckily the site was closed with barrier and the guy and girl that stole the car couldn't get out the parking lot we were in.

Yeah man, it's not just that the car can get stolen but also stuff. A cheeky criminal can clear out a lot of stuff in just a few seconds so yeah best to lock it before you're too far away. I just drive a pos Opel Corsa B atm but I still lock it, always even if I'm just around a corner. I still got things in there that can get nicked pretty fast.

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10 hours ago, Spotty said:

A better question for you; what would be the point of remote locking if you stood next to the car door when you used it?

 

 

This!  God yes, love this answer.

 

Or it could be that the fucking horn is annoying and I don't want it blaring in my ear so I lock my car when I'm a good 30+ft away.  

 

Next time lock your car when your mom is walking in front of it.  You'll see.

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1 hour ago, Benji said:

@Dedayog In what freaking country on this planet is it standard behaviour for a car to use its horn upon locking/unlocking the car? In Germany it is illegal. It is even pre-determined how a car is allowed to signal when it locks/unlocks.

Well, since we have a car with a keyless system since 2015, basically nobody even touches the key unless it is being put in another pocket/purse.

As someone who used to sell cars, there are many brands that honk its horn when the lock button is pressed for the second time. First click locks, second one honks the horn. This is the case with my 2 Honda's, actually all Hondas ive owned in the past 10 years. Seems like certain brands such as BMW, Merc, Lexus etc... dont do this, the lights just flash and makes a much more silent beep sound.

 

To answer the OP's original question.....Im not sure why this needs to be asked. If you have power locks controlled on your key, are you expecting people to stand at their door, pick up their key stare at it and then push the button to lock the car? 

 

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Haha. Interesting thread.

 

I'm one of those people who walks away from the car a few feet and then locks it. There are two reasons for this:

 

1) I have a smart key system in my Lexus LS430. When I get in the car, they key is in my pocket. I just touch the door handle and the car unlocks. Once I get in the car, I just turn the key knob and start the car with the key still in my pocket. Yes, you turn the key knob without a key in it because for some dumb reason Lexus thought that was a good idea instead of a push to start button lol. So when I get out of the car, the key is still in my pocket so usually I have to feel around for it as I walk away to find the button. By that time I'm already several feet away. However, my car does also have a button you can press on the outside door handle to lock it. Sometimes I just use that instead but I don't like how much pressure it requires and it has a weird rubber feeling so I don't use it that much. I usually do that when my pockets are full of things and I don't feel like digging for the key. 

 

 

2) I like to look back and admire my car as the horn honks and the lights flash. It's just me being a car nerd lol.

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I leave mine unlocked. 

 

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They have new cars, mine locks with the key

 

I've left it unlocked a couple of times tho and nobody stole it

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Nope i got an old fashion key, you know the thing that goesin a keyhole

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I always use the key fob to lock the door; primarily to set the alarm. Thieves will look for anything of value and will not hesitate to make for a smash-n-grab! Once they bust the window out, they have no choice but to unlock the door from the inside. That sets off the alarm.

 

Best advise is to never keep anything of value to be seen from outside. Better yet, don't store anything there, and keep the entire car free from junk.

 

It's especially true for daycare centers where women will often leave their purse temporarily in the car as the run into the building with their child. Then you have "scouts" that phone in to another "hawk" that swoops in and takes it from the car. It's sad.

 

Anyways, for me and others I know, it's primarily a security thing. 

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