Dodge Journey possessed? Nope...
By Mark Atkinson for MSN Autos
Despite driving hundreds of new vehicles over the past decade, you can always be surprised by the new, random things that happen. Yesterday evening, just after my wife and I were coming back down the stairs after putting our daughter to bed, all of a sudden she said, "why is the car on?"
Sure enough, she could see through the front windows that the Dodge Journey press car parked in our driveway was indeed idling away. The only reason why she'd noticed was because the lights came on. Didn't take me long to realize that the culprit was in my pocket: the keyfob.
Essentially, I'd done the auto-equivalent of butt-dialing - where you accidentally call someone by sitting on your cell phone - somehow double-clicking the Journey's remote car starter without actually touching it. Thankfully, the remote works equally well at shutting the engine off with another single click. And in order for the car to start remotely - theoretically, anyway - is that the doors need to be locked, so at least in my low-crime neighbourhood, there was next to no chance of someone driving off with it.
Still, an embarassing situation that took me completely by surprise.
And it leads me to today's big question: have you had similar experiences with things like remote starters or keyless ignition? Any other new technologies that left you speechless because of bad timing? Let us know by replying and commenting below.