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Finding Your Car in a Lot


Finding Your Car in a Large Lot 
 
There is nothing worse than strolling into a massive parking lot after a concert, or a day at a fair, or a major tourist area, and feeling a sense of panic well up at the idea of having to find a needle in a haystack. No matter how prepared you think you are, it's a daunting task. Here are some tips to help keep you calm when it's time to start looking for your car in a massive lot. 
 
WHEN YOU PARK: 
 
1. Take a picture of any landmarks. Is there a sign with a number or a letter nearby? Take a picture. 

2. Write yourself a note. I text myself a description, especially if the lot doesn't have anything to help. "Seven rows from the entrance, five cars in from the trees." I try to think of anything that will help me grab onto something to get me moving in the right direction. No matter how much I think I'll remember, I don't. So I write it down. When I have my kids, I have them help me count how many rows of cars we pass on our way in. 

3. Enlist your group. When I'm in a garage, I let everyone in the group know that we all need to remember "A4" or "third level, red". Yes, someone will forget, but usually not everyone! 

4. When you reach the end of the lot, but before you enter or take any turns, turn around and take a picture of your view of the car (even if it's VERY far away). If you walked straight, you'll now have a "map" and you'll know where to aim. 
 
WHEN YOU LEAVE: 

1. Try to leave the same way you came in. If you approach a major lot from a different direction, finding your car can be really tough. If leaving through another door is the only option, try walking to the place you entered and going from there. 

2. If you think you're close, but you don't see your car, try the key fob lock/unlock trick. Stand still and hit your button. If the telltale beep sounds, follow it - you're close! If it doesn't, try extending your range by holding the key fob underneath your chin. Note: depending on the situation, it usually isn't a good idea to keep your car unlocked. I'll unlock to hear the beep and know where to follow, then lock again. Not only do I get a confirmation beep to assure me I'm headed in the right direction, but I know my car will be locked and safe when I get there. 
 
It's not always easy, but these things can definitely help minimize the time you spend wandering around parking lots, feeling like you're living in the world of Where's Waldo!

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