You are probably thinking…
This person is crazy. I’ve been “parking” my car for the exact same amount of time I’ve been driving.
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I bet you there is at least one thing on this list that you didn’t think about!
Go ahead take a look!
5 unexpected parking tips
1. Don’t put your car in park then engage the parking brake.
Because when you do it in this order your car put extra stress on the transmission holding it in place rather than your parking break.
When you set the parking break first you’re allowing your car to come to rest against the parking brake cable rather than against the transmission.
I know it’s habit but it will help your transmission last longer.
2. Give yourself some space to avoid dings from other car doors while your car is parked.
You probably think about this one. But maybe you don’t enforce it all the time.
You are in a hurry or the parking lot is already crowded.
But if you want to avoid dings make sure that you spread out a little or at the very least try to find a spot with people who are not riding the lines.
Although you can’t do anything about the people that come after those so it’s better to be safe and park a little ways away from everyone.
This also helps when you are trying to wrangle your children. If you are a little bit away from other cars you also don’t have to worry about them slamming the door into the next car over.
3. Try to avoid parking under a tree…
I know it sounds nice especially when the sun is beating down but some bird droppings are acidic enough to permanently damage your paint.
Now, also try to avoid parking in direct sunlight. The sun is powerful and it can also damage your paint.
The best plan if possible is to find some open shade.
I’m asking a lot I know. But these things are important to caring for your car I promise.
4. Pin your parking location on Google Maps or Apple Maps.
This is especially important if you are on of those chronic sufferers of “I forgot where my car is.”
This way you never have to remember where you parked your car or in either the local grocery story parking lot or when you are wondering around a downtown area.
Yes I’ve seen it happen. A group of girls stopped on the corner of our downtown desperately trying to remember what was “near” their car when they parked.
They had been walking around on the bike path for hours and could have ended up on the other side of the city from their car easily.
Just pin it and save yourself some headaches.
5. Since we are going into winter park facing east whenever you can.
I know you think I’m crazy for sure.
Since the sun rises in the morning this will help defrost your car so you limit the amount of time you are scraping ice.
Sounds nice right? Especially if you don’t have a remote starter or can’t leave your car running where you park it.
This will be your saving grace when you’ve got the kids bundled up and they are ready to go but your window is covered in ice. If only you had parked facing East, by the time you made it to your car either most or all of the ice would be gone.
Now it’s your turn!
Do you have a parking tip to share with us? Something that makes your crazy hectic mom life easier? Share with us in the comments!