5 Ways to Keep From Losing Your Car in a Parking Lot

By Patty Gardner

There’s nothing worse than standing in a parking lot filled with cars and having no clue where your car is parked.  I’ve had that happen a couple of times and it was so awful that I’ve tried very hard never to let it happen again.  So if you hate that feeling, too, here are 5 ways to prevent it:

1. Park in the same spot every time.  I tend to shop at the same places all the time and I try to always park in the same section.  For example, my Target store has an entrance near the grocery section and an entrance near the dollar section.  I almost always park near the dollar section.  Once in a while I see a great space I can’t pass up in the grocery section and I park there.  And I always regret it because when I leave, I come out the dollar section which is a long ways away.  So now, even if I see a great space in the grocery section, I pass it up!  It’s not worth the panic I feel when I come out of the store and can’t remember where I parked.

2. Take a photo.  If you’re in a really large parking lot, like at a stadium or convention center, use your camera phone to take a picture of the parking lot section number.  I always think I’ll remember the number but I never do.  You can also take a picture of the building you’re going into from where your car is parked.  That will give you perspective.  And if you have to park in an auxiliary lot, you can take a picture of the street sign, the lot name or whatever else will help you find your way back.

3. Park away from other cars.  We tend to look for the closest space we can get, and that’s valid, especially if we’re hauling small kids.  But if it’s just you and you feel like getting some exercise, park way back at the back all by yourself.  When you walk out of the store, you’ll have no trouble seeing your car.  It’ll stick out like a sore thumb.

4. Mark your car.  Some people have a flower on their antenna.  Some have a cool spare tire cover.  If you can, something like that will help your car stand out.

5. Get a car finder device.  It can be an actual electronic device or an app for your smart phone.  I don’t have one of these but it could come in very handy!

So if you want to avoid losing your car, try one of these strategies.  They work!

How do you remember where you parked?  Have you ever lost your car?

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