Parking Experts Offer 10 Tips for Stress-Free Holiday Parking
As holiday shopping gets underway and travelers take
flight, there's one quest we all share: finding the
perfect parking spot.
(Fredericksburg, VA - November 16, 2012) - What do the holidays
mean to you? Loving reunions, bountiful feasts, thoughtful gift
giving? Or traveling hassles, crowded shopping centers, and long
check-out lines? More than likely, it's the entire package.
season, more of us will be hitting the road, the airports, and the
malls. And the common denominator drivers share is the quest for
the perfect parking spot.
are competing for spaces, worrying about the time left on our
meters, or desperately seeking our misplaced vehicles on Level 5,
Row LL, Space 97, parking can be a major holiday stress
forecast to be a higher-than-average driving season, and more
drivers on the road means parking spots will be in even greater
demand," says Shawn Conrad, CAE, executive director of the
International Parking Institute (IPI), the world's largest
association of parking professionals.
out to its members who plan and manage parking at airports,
downtown areas, and shopping malls, and compiled this list of
suggestions to make holiday parking easier:
- Give yourself the gift of
time. Allow a few extra minutes for parking,
especially at airports. When we feel rushed, stress levels rise and
we become more accident-prone.
- Plan ahead.
Check ahead to see if your destination offers parking tips on
its website. Many cities have high-tech parking options that boost
convenience such as pay-by-phone or mobile apps that help locate
- Think green.
Cruising around for a close-in parking spot wastes fuel and
produces unnecessary carbon emissions that are bad for the
environment. Head for a spot further away. Added bonus: Extra
exercise this time of year helps walk off holiday
- Know the stats.
According to insurance statistics, one-fourth of all vehicle
crashes happen while parking. Studies show that backing in to
a parking spot makes exiting safer.
- Don't be a
Grinch. Show goodwill toward fellow drivers.
When waiting for a spot, don't block others looking for parking
spaces. Make sure you take up only one spot and that your neighbors
can open their vehicle doors.
- Pay attention.
Whether driving or walking to your car, avoid dangerous
distractions such as texting, talking on the phone, checking
shopping lists, or anything that prevents you from being aware of
what is happening around you.
- Watch for
children. Don't trust rear view mirrors. Turn
and look carefully to be sure children aren't darting between cars
or standing below your line of vision.
temptation. Don't park illegally or in spots
marked for disabled parkers.
- Be safe.
Park in well-lit areas, close your windows, and lock your
doors. Hide valuables and packages in your trunk. When returning to
your car, have your keys out and ready.
- Take note.
Jot down your parking location so you won't forget where you
says: "There's no question that the holiday season presents special
challenges for drivers. Wherever your plans take you, building in
extra time for parking may be the best strategy of all."
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