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Survey: Misplace Your Car Keys? You’re Not Alone.

Car keys are one of the top items people lose the most. How do you keep track of yours?

Our recent survey of more than 2,300 respondents shows us where people commonly keep their keys (and how they find them if they go missing.)

Check out the infographic below to see the results.

Where do you keep your keys?

We spend a lot of time trying to keep track of all our personal belongings – and car keys are one of items Americans lose. In a recent survey, more then 2,300 respondents told us where they keep their keys safe at home, where they frequently get lost and how they find them.

31% of respondents said: No, Nope, Never lost the car keys

28% key rack

24% purse or bag

17% table or desk

11% other

8% drawer

8% pocket

4% in the car


How did you find your keys?

Retraced my steps

Keys in a pocket

House key

Coat pocket

Misplaced my car

Searched until I found a key hook

Key ring

Usually find

Key drawer

Keys in my purse

Set of keys

Key rack

Kept looking

Car keys

Key fob

Finally found

Spare key

Place keys

Keys in the car

94 people retraced their steps.

33 people used the attached TileTM(Bluetooth tracker and app that locates items).

31 people prayed.

A few asked their kids or grandkids.


Here are some fun places keys have turned up:

In a shoe

In the snow

Under the lining of a purse

In the pantry on a can of soup.

Laundry room

Grocery store counter


If you’ve been driving for very long, chances are something similar has happened to you. Losing your keys (for a while or for good) is never fun. At Erie Insurance, our promise is simple: to be there when you need us. With our Emergency Roadside Service, we can help with lockouts, flat tires, mechanical breakdowns, dead batteries or even a tank of gas. It’s an optional coverage that’s easy to add to your auto insurance policy and doesn’t cost a lot. Talk to your ERIE agent about what your auto policy includes or visit us at


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Consistency is key

If you frequently lose your car keys, it’s time to pick a spot and stick with it. At the end of the day, we all face some sort of brain fatigue, which can cause us to forget where we placed those keys. Make a plan, stick to it and always have a spare set.

Lose your keys and then find them on the car seat with the door locked? Check out our blog story on what happens next if you lock your keys in the car. If you are looking to replace more than just your set of car keys, find out if a new car or a used car is better for you.

Be Ready for Anything with Auto Insurance from ERIE

Make sure your auto insurance has the coverage you need, no matter what type of vehicle you drive. Find out all the extra protection that comes with an ERIE auto policy. If you are unsure what your auto insurance can cover – and what it can’t – ask your agent. Or you can find a local ERIE agent near you.

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