Some may wonder why this introduction on keyless entry and use of a key FOB is even necessary. Well, after my very first car for review was dropped off, I sat dumb-founded in the parking lot. I had no idea how to turn the thing on!
Keyless Entry System and Remote Start with Key FOB
I had the car in park, pushed the button to start the engine, and nothing. The guys that dropped off the car were long gone and I was by myself. I started to sweat as I stressed about how I would move the car and the impression it would make if I called the car sponsor saying, “Uhm, how do I turn the car on?” A couple minutes later I figured it out and gave myself a firm face palm! Thank goodness no one else saw me. At least I hope no one else saw me . . .
If you have not yet dealt with a car having a keyless entry system, here are a few pointer to demystify the feature:
- Key fob must be within a couple of feet to operate
- Brake must be pushed down to start car (doh!)
- Press button on door handles to lock / unlock
- Press button driver-side door handle twice to unlock all doors (not universal)
- Press button on trunk to open
- Standard key is hidden inside remote for manual use in driver-side door
I did worry that this system would make car jacking easier but my husband assured me that that wasn’t the case. Having a keyless entry system, you can just walk right up to your car, get in, lock the doors, and take off. With a traditional lock, though, you’re like a sitting duck. You could be standing next your car for several minutes looking for the car keys in your bottomless purse or coin-filled pockets. Plus, the remote includes a panic button just in case of an emergency.
A keyless entry system is super easy to get accustomed to and extremely convenient. Doing errands is soooo much easier when I don’t have to dig into my purse to find my keys every time, especially when my hands are full. This is definitely a feature you must try out. In fact, after doing so, you’ll likely dread having to drive a car with a regular old fashioned key afterwards.