Parking Tips from the Experts
Finding a parking spot: Unless you use SEPTA, it’s on every commuter’s morning to-do list. You would think with an estimated 800 million parking spots in the U.S., parking your vehicle should be a seamless and effortless endeavor. But when you finally reach Center City Philly during the morning rush, your hopes start to dwindle as prime meter spots are snatched up. You start to get frustrated. If it’s a Monday morning after an Eagles loss, you’re probably infuriated. Nobody should have to endure such torture, especially if you’re just trying to find a parking spot before you put in your eight hours at work.
Here’s the good news: Even though you might not get the spot you wanted, the International Parking Institute (IPI) offers many expert tips for finding a parking spot.
- Carpool with family or friends. A shopping outing with friends is a greener alternative that reduces the demand for parking, and it’s more fun!
- Parking Locator. The PPA offers a parking locator through our website. Just click on the link, type in your destination and the closest parking facility will be provided to you along with rates and hours of operations
- Google it. Check the parking section of your destination’s website. Many restaurants, theaters, shopping centers and airports offer helpful information about local parking options.
- Avoid endless circling. Circling and “perching,” the practice of waiting and following someone to their car, are inefficient, time-consuming and fuel-wasting.
- Take the distant parking spot. Walking is good exercise and a stress reducer.
- Heads up. Whether driving or walking in a parking area, avoid distractions such as texting, rummaging through bags and talking on the phone. One study cites fourteen percent of vehicle collisions that result in insurance claims happen in parking areas.
- Obey parking signs. Read signs carefully and don’t take spots reserved for drivers with disabilities unless you have a valid permit.
- Watch for children. Little ones can make unpredictable moves and stand below drivers’ lines of vision.
- Take note. Remember your parking location by level, section and spot by jotting it down or snapping a photo. At a metered spot, note the expiration time. Some mobile apps will text or call you when your parking time is almost up.
- Lock up. Always be sure your car is in park, close the windows, lock your vehicle and hide valuables and packages from sight. Never leave a child or pet in the car!