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Car Hacks You Should Know

April 26, 2024 | Jany Martinez Ward
Car Hacks You Should Know

Did you know you can have multiple features in your car at your fingertips? At the push of a button. That's how magic can happen. In The Ward Law Group, we want you to know all the features that technology has implemented in your new car, so we will tell you a little about some "car hacks" so you don't miss anything.

Buckle up, and let's discover together what options you have at your fingertips with the power of the remote control!

First Things First: Understanding Your Key Fob

Your car's key fob, a remote keyless entry device, is a nifty gadget that replaces traditional car keys. Operating between 315 MHz and 433.92 MHz, these key fobs send coded signals to your vehicle's internal receiver, unlocking a world of functionalities beyond just locking and unlocking doors.

Now, let's delve into some of the lesser-known features your key fob might offer:

  • Remote Smart Parking Assist: Ever struggle with parking in tight spots? Hyundai's Smart Key comes to the rescue with its Remote Smart Parking Assist feature. Stand outside your vehicle, press the Smart Key button, and watch your car navigate effortlessly into or out of parking spots. This feature is available on select Hyundai models, including Sonata, Santa Fe, and Palisade.
  • Automatic Window Control: Did you know you can roll down your car's windows or open the moon roof/sunroof with your key fob? It's like having a mini cooling system on hot summer days! This feature is available on various models from manufacturers like Chevrolet, Honda, Nissan, and Toyota.
  • Built-In Key: Some key fobs have a hidden mechanical key. If your key fob battery dies, extract the key and use it to lock or unlock your doors and trunk.
  • Walk Away Auto Lock: With Honda's Smart Entry feature, your car automatically locks and unlocks as you approach or walk away from it. This hands-free convenience provides peace of mind, especially in busy parking lots.
  • Remote Start: Many newer vehicles offer remote-start systems, allowing you to start your engine or adjust climate controls from a distance. Perfect for warming up your car on chilly mornings or cooling it down on hot days.
  • Foldable Side Mirrors: Protect your side mirrors from damage with the automatic folding feature available on select Chevy and GMC models. Activate the feature through your vehicle's infotainment system and hold down the lock button on your key fob.
  • Hands-Free Liftgate: Say goodbye to struggling with your groceries! Hands-free smart lift gates automatically open when they detect your key fob nearby, making loading and unloading cargo a breeze.
  • Shareable Digital Key: Hyundai Digital Key lets you lock, unlock, and start your vehicle using your smartphone. You can even share digital keys with family and friends, granting temporary access as needed.
  • Driver's Seat Memory: Some vehicles remember individual driver-seat settings associated with different key fobs. Say goodbye to readjusting your seat every time you switch drivers!
  • Alarm Activation: Besides unlocking your car, your key fob can activate your vehicle's security alarm, providing protection.

These are just a few examples of the incredible functionalities your car's key fob may offer. Experiment with your key fob and discover its magic!

At The Ward Law Group, we're dedicated to informing you and ensuring you get the most out of your vehicle. If you have questions about your car's features or need legal assistance after an accident, don't hesitate to reach out.

We're here to help you navigate the road ahead!

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Jany Martinez Ward

Jany Martínez-Ward is a Founding and Managing Partner of The Ward Law Group, PL, a Florida law firm representing victims of car accidents. She focuses her practice on providing legal representation to Hispanic clients that have become injured in a car accident as a result of the negligence of others. In 2018, The National Trial Lawyers Association recognized Jany as one of the top attorneys in the state and among the top 40 under 40 attorneys.


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