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Parking Tips From the Pros

As a licensed driver, you obviously know the basic rules of the road. Even if you get stressed out when faced with the need to parallel park or squeeze into a tight space in the grocery store parking lot, you do all right for yourself. But even if you can park your car safely, this doesn’t mean you can do so quickly and efficiently. Your local Valet Connections DTW parking pro does this for a living, and has mastered the art of parking on the fly, often under tight time constraints.

Here are some parking tips from the pros to think about the next time you head out.

The Art of Parking

Parking is an art form, especially in a busy airport setting where customers and cars have to be shuttled around quite quickly. Being able to park quickly means knowing the vehicle and becoming aware of the space it takes up.

You can work on your spatial awareness and familiarity with your car by following these tips:  

  • Use reference points: Timing is critical with many types of parking, especially when it comes to parallel parking. Often, another driver is waiting behind you to make their move. When parallel parking, be aware of the placement of bumpers on the cars you plan to park between, as they relate to your side view and rearview mirrors and windows. This is helpful when you can’t readily spot parking guidelines on the ground.
  • Take your time: You may feel pressured by other drivers around you, but force yourself to slow down and assess all conditions and angles before you start the parking process. When approaching your parking spot in reverse, your vehicle should be at a 45-degree angle with the curb before you start straightening out and backing in.
  • Give yourself plenty of room: The more room that’s available to park in, the faster the task will be. Obviously, you can’t control how close the cars are to you, or what other obstructions may be present, but always be on the lookout for ways you can maximize the area for the best maneuvering power. With perpendicular parking (cars are parked side to side), don’t approach from the near lane; rather, approach from the opposite lane for proper aim and turn radius.
  • Practice make perfect: The old saying is true. If you don’t practice something, you’ll never get better at it. You may feel weird going out to practice parking, but you’ll soon get the hang of it and be proud of what you’ve mastered.

But when heading to the airport, it’s always best to let the pros handle your parking job. That’s what we’re trained to do!

Contact Valet Connections DTW Parking

The pros at Valet Connections DTW Parking know a thing or two about parking vehicles quickly as well as safely. We get you in and out so you can get on with your travel plans. To schedule service, call us at (734) 992-4946.