How to make parking less stressful
Don’t you hate it when you just can’t find a car parking space? Or, when you do, it’s too small, or there’s a tiny little car creating its own ‘parking mirage’.
But there are some ways that you can make finding a parking spot an easier exercise according to driving expert, Richard Gladman.
The head of driving standards at IAM RoadSmart tells us staying calm is top priority.
“The competition for parking spaces can be really fierce, but by staying calm and giving yourself time, flexibility and a good grounding in local knowledge you will stand a much better chance of bagging that perfect space.
“If you want to stay healthy and save money then parking a little further away and walking can be a win-win.”
Richard’s Tips for Easier Car Parking:
Pick the right spot
If you’re out with friends or off to watch a movie alone, be conscious of the area in which you choose to park.
The far end of a dark car park may not be the safest choice for a lone traveller returning late at night
Costs of parking
Always carry change, a mobile phone or a bank card. If you are not a change carrier leave a few coins in your coin compartment and close the lid.
Timing is everything
Try not to choose a location you know will be busy at peak times or wait for the key time when the parking regulations change.
Always check the local sign posts and markings as ignorance is no defence.
Definitions of days such as bank holidays can also vary between places. If in doubt ask a parking attendant.
Technically you should have a few minutes grace to get back to your car but it’s not worth the risk as fines are always much more than the parking charge.
Take your time
Don’t succumb to the pressure of time or people around you.
Rushing could lead to costly mistakes.
Be on the lookout
Always check whether a parking permit is required and take note of where you parked.
In a strange city or a huge car park it can be easy to lose your car.
There are several parking apps available that you can use.
If you are really worried about finding your car, a sticker in the windscreen may help
Spot the danger signs
For example, be wary when parking next to the trolley bay, or if there is broken glass in the darkest corners of the parking lot.
And remember that if you park near a people-mover there could be an increased risk of damage from young children that don’t tend to think about other cars when they fling the doors open.
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