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Parking Professionals Offer Tips for Best Strategies to Avoid Stress
Finding the perfect parking spot during the busy holiday shopping season is like hitting a hole-in- one. But according to those who study the psychology of parking, shoppers who circle parking areas on the hunt for that ideal space often ratchet up their stress levels and inevitably spend more time getting to the store. Studies conducted on parking behavior indicate that when distant spots are still available, the most effective strategy is to pick a row and then pull into the closest space in that row. 'Perching,' the practice of waiting and following someone to their car, is only your best option when there are no spots left.
The International Parking Institute, the leading association of parking professionals, offers the following tips to keep shoppers stress-free and safe during November and December, the most challenging parking month of the year:
"Increasingly, architects, city planners, merchants and restaurateurs are paying more attention to parking and transportation flow," explains Shawn Conrad, executive director of the International Parking Institute, "but even in the best of circumstances, parking requires a little extra patience this time of year."