Parking Survival Tips

bad-parkingGetting from A to B may be stressful but it’s nothing compared to the hazards and challenges of parking. We have some parking survival tips writes Geraldine Herbert


Reverse into a space
Where room is limited it is much easier to reverse into a car space than it is to drive straight in, it simply takes practice.  It is also much safer to drive out of a space as it avoids backing into unknown traffic when your field of vision is severely limited.

Park in a well-lit area, beside other cars, where all-round visibility is good and have your keys out and ready when returning. Ideally, opt for car parks that are monitored by CCTV or security personnel.

Any valuable items should be placed in the car boot so make sure nothing is visible that could attract unwanted attention. Failure to do so could invalidate any insurance claim.

Resist the urge to drive around looking for a car space in a busy car park, mathematicians estimate if you wait in one spot, a space will become free within 6 minutes.  New smartphone apps are currently being trialled that will detect a car space thanks to electronic sensors placed in the bays but until they become widely available the 6-minute rule is probably your best option.

When visiting a supermarket or retail park, try to park away from trolley bays and corners to avoid your car being exposed to damage. Supermarkets do not accept  responsibility for any damage caused to vehicles in its car park so be careful where you park. 

Parallel parking may soon be a thing of the past as a host of cars are available from Kias to Fords, that not only finds a suitably sized car space for you but by simply pressing a button the car will steer itself into the space.

Always take note of where you have parked; it’s very easy to confuse one floor with another in a busy car park. Or if you own a smartphone a host of new parking detector apps which display the address of the last place where you left your car are available. Sadly none are smart enough yet to find your keys or parking ticket.

 Geraldine Herbert

12th August 2020

Author: Geraldine Herbert

Motoring Editor and Columnist for the Sunday Independent and editor of wheelsforwomen. Geraldine is also a regular contributor to Good Housekeeping (UK) and to RTÉ Radio One, Newstalk, TodayFM and BBC Radio. You can follow Geraldine on Twitter at @GerHerbert1

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