Park your car just like a pro

Macclesfield Express - - CHARITY ROUND-UP -

MANY of us can find park­ing and look­ing for the right spot quite chal­leng­ing but some­times we also for­get about check­ing our sur­round­ings when we leave the car.

A few sim­ple checks can avoid costly and ir­ri­tat­ing car park mis­takes and make your trip a lot less stress­ful. This week’s tips give ad­vice on park­ing from IAM Road­S­mart’s head of driv­ing and rid­ing stan­dards, Richard Glad­man. Pick the right spot. If you are out with friends or off to watch a movie alone, be con­scious of the area in which you choose to park. The far end of a dark car park may not be the safest choice for a lone trav­eller re­turn­ing late at night. Costs of park­ing Al­ways carry change, a mo­bile phone or a bank card. If you are not a change car­rier leave a few coins in your coin com­part­ment and close the lid. Tim­ing is every­thing. Try not to choose a lo­ca­tion you know will be busy at peak times or wait for the key time when the park­ing reg­u­la­tions change. Al­ways check the lo­cal sign posts and mark­ings as ig­no­rance is no defence.

Def­i­ni­tions of days such as bank hol­i­days can also vary be­tween places. If in doubt ask a park­ing at­ten­dant. Tech­ni­cally you should have a few min­utes’ grace to get back to your car but it’s not worth the risk as fines are al­ways much more than the park­ing charge Take your time Don’t suc­cumb to the pres­sure of time or peo­ple around you. Rush­ing could lead to costly mis­takes Be on the look­out. Al­ways check whether a park­ing per­mit is re­quired and take note of where you parked. In a strange city or a huge car park it can be easy to lose your car. There are sev­eral park­ing apps avail­able that you can use. If you are re­ally worried about find­ing your car, a sticker in the wind­screen may help. Spot the dan­ger signs For ex­am­ple park­ing next to the trol­ley bay on a Satur­day af­ter­noon, bro­ken glass in the dark­est cor­ners or park­ing next to a scruffy ve­hi­cle or peo­ple car­rier. Young chil­dren don’t tend to think about other cars when they fling the doors open

Richard said: “The com­pe­ti­tion for park­ing spa­ces can be re­ally fierce in some towns and cities. By stay­ing calm and giv­ing your­self time, flex­i­bil­ity and a good ground­ing in lo­cal knowl­edge you will stand a much bet­ter chance of bag­ging that per­fect space. If you want to stay healthy and save money then park­ing a lit­tle fur­ther away and walk­ing can be a win – win.”

Here are six top tips on park­ing

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