Mayukh Saha
Mayukh Saha
February 29, 2024 ·  3 min read

Why You Should Keep Your Vehicle’s Key or Fob on a Separate Key Ring

It seems like we have to bust a new car myth every day. Will getting your car tuned up really make it last longer? It’s a good idea to warm up cold engines before driving them. But there is one car problem that is not only real but can also be dangerous if not fixed properly. That is the importance of keeping your vehicle’s key separately.

Key Overload: Ignition Damage with Your Heavy Keychain

You might be thinking about how the keys on your keyring can really change the ignition, as per the Brightside article. Jake McKenzie, content manager for, says, “Too many keys on your keyring can damage the sensitive interior parts of your ignition cylinder.” “The ignition cylinder wasn’t made to hold a lot of weight. If you hang a heavy keyring from your ignition, every bump, turn, and vibration will wear down the sensitive inner parts over time.” 

Keychain Weight: A Small Problem with Big Consequences

Lauren Milligan, a job coach, had an incident where her husband’s keyring was so heavy that the key fell out while he was driving! The story really shows how any kind of weight spread can cause serious safety problems. Keep your car’s key separate!

Putting extra keys on your starting key may seem like a good idea, but there is a risk involved, according to Patch. The “convenience” of having all of your keys in one place can cause problems like damage to the switch that starts your car, a higher risk of theft, wear and tear where your keys go, electricity problems, and safety risks while driving. These risks affect your car’s mechanics, safety, and security, so you should at least think about making the change.

Ignition Overload: Is Your Keyring Sabotaging Your Car?

It can be very bad if the starting switch has to deal with extra wear and tear over time because of extra weight. If you don’t take care of your ignition switch, it can stop working on a cold morning in places like the UK where it is generally cold and damp.

Modern cars have pretty complicated electrical systems, and extra keys on the ignition chain can make it hard for the ignition switch and the car’s computer to talk to each other. Drivers have noticed this interference by seeing misfires in the engine and warning lights on the dashboard. This could affect how well the car runs generally and lead to expensive repairs.

Ditch the Jingle! Why One Key is Key to Road Safety

Safety on the road is very important for both cars and pedestrians. Putting more than one key on your car key is dangerous for everyone on the road. While driving, the jingling of a keyring can and has distracted drivers to the point where crashes have happened because the driver couldn’t see. If you want to be safe and escape the legal and financial problems that come with accidents, leave the ignition key alone. 

Attaching multiple keys to the starting keyring may not seem dangerous, but it actually poses a lot of risks. We should all do the maintenance checks that come with our cars, as instructed in the owner’s instructions, to make sure that everything works right. 

Less is More: Keep it Simple for Your Vehicle’s Key (and Your Sanity!)

If your car is having problems with its ignition or electrical system, it’s a good idea to get help from a professional mechanic or auto expert. Keeping the ignition key separate from other keys is an easy change that can protect the safety, dependability, and longevity of the car.

It’s true that “less is more” when it comes to your car’s starting key. You won’t have to worry about this ring and travel light if you have a push-button start, though. Your car’s key will appreciate it. This key finder can also help you if you lose your keys a lot. 

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