If you drive here’s an easy way to save some money. One common problem that faces many drivers is finding parking space. Over time I have developed a very simple strategy to quickly find an empty space in a somewhat crowded parking lot. It’s pretty obvious but here it is anyway.
I basically go for a stall that’s near the entrance/exit of the parking lot 😀 That’s pretty much it. The idea is to park the car ASAP and minimize the amount of time and distance it has to travel within the lot. Most people would probably try to find a spot near the front of the store or entrance but that’s also the busiest area of the lot. Sometimes people circle around and around, wasting money, time, and polluting the environment just so they can save seconds off their walk *pfft*
When I drive to work I normally park in one of the stalls closest to the parkade garage door since we don’t have assigned stall numbers. Then it’s a brisk 30 meter (100 ft) walk to the stairs, which takes all of 20 seconds or so. Instead of trying to find a parking spot closer to the stairway entrance I save about 60 meters of fuel per day (^_^) The current price of gasoline here in Vancouver, BC is about $1.45/L ($5.5/gallon) and my car’s fuel economy is about 11 Km/L (26MPG.) This means I save about 4 cents a week on gas! (゜∀゜) And that only accounts for work. Supermarkets as you can imagine have huge parking lots 😀 Sometimes I save almost 200 meters of gas when I go shopping at Costco! (✌ﾟ∀ﾟ) Because 100 meters each way. In the diagram below the green arrows near the left point to where I would park.
The only downside with parking further away is you have to walk more. But doctors say walking is good for you I work 8 hours a day sitting in front a computer desk so I’ll take the fresh air whenever I can :0)
Criteria: May not be the most popular idea if you are with other people in the car and the parking lot is not very full ( ･_･) Or if you’re in a hurry. Or if you plan to carry something heavy to/from the building.
Estimated annual savings: $2.50
Compared with my other ideas in the Easy Savings series this one isn’t as effective (ಠ-ಠ) However it’s better than nothing ^_^; And the health benefits of the exercise component cannot be stressed enough. Happy parking everyone 😉