It's not just that you lock your vehicle, it's how you do it. I didn't realize how much goes into that simple little action. Well, simple for most of us. But some people make it a performance worth watching.
Though I didn't intend to, I found myself enjoying the show recently in a post office parking lot while waiting for the wife to pick up a vacationing friend's mail.
You know, some people are pretty creative — and entertaining — when it comes to activating the security locks on their vehicles. These were the most popular “styles” I witnessed:
Speedy: From the time the vehicle came to a stop and the engine shut down, it was rapid movement. The driver quickly opened the door, got out, shut the door, then clicked the remote lock while jogging to the door of the post office. The chirp of the locking sequence was rapid as well. Time for entire performance: About 10 seconds.
Relaxed: This driver was in no apparent hurry. After he slowly exited his pickup, he walked toward the front of the post office, then stopped, turned as if he were going back to his truck and pressed his remote button. Time from arrival to entry: About 20 seconds.
Frazzled: You fairly easily can tell when someone's running behind. They drop everything, or nothing works right. This lady quickly wheeled into the parking spot, crooked. She left the engine running as she got out and shut the door, dropping her handful of mail onto the parking lot. She retrieved the mail, stood up and nearly tripped on the curb. She was one of those who carries a remote other than on the key ring and pressed the button as she started inside. The remote didn't set. It took two more tries before she turned, shaking her head, and hurried inside. Time: About 15 seconds.
Stylist No. 1: A young woman in a small foreign car. She appeared to have things in order ... herself, her mail. As she walked toward the door, she raised her arm and pointed back over a shoulder and pressed. One little horn honk. Very neat. Time: Around 10 seconds.
Stylist No. 2: An older gentleman, well dressed, every hair in place, smiling. He stepped out of his midsized sedan, closed the door and started inside. Then, he lifted his left arm, and did a cross-body with his right, clicking from under his left. Nice move. Time: 12 seconds.
Here-a-while-guy: I almost felt sorry for this guy, but it was hard not to at least grin at his situation. I've been there. A little past middle age, he had a remote which resembled one I had years ago. He stepped out, shut the door and pointed the remote at the car. He pressed it. Nothing happened. He moved closer and tried again. Nope. He moved all around the car, trying to get it to lock. Finally, after he had tried every angle he could think of, he just opened the door and pushed the lock, then closed it. Time: right at 2 minutes.
By the way ...
I left before Here-a-while-guy came back out. I hope his key worked and he was able to get back in. I also hope he realized that particular remote operates on a watch battery.
Like I said, I've been there. And it was show time for me, too.
Enjoy your week and drive safely.