We’ve all been there. You just have to pop into a mini mart to buy some milk. It isn’t going to take longer than a minute. So you just pull up next to the store, park your car and get out.
Once you’re in the store, you see some other stuff you need. One minute turns into two and suddenly, there’s a long line at the checkout.
Soon, you’ve been in there for 10 minutes. But who could be so unlucky that a parking enforcement officer shows up while you’re in the store?
You come outside and you’re just about to get back in your car when you see a piece of paper tucked under your windshield wiper. Nooo!!!
But there is a way to avoid unnecessary parking tickets like this one…
Take a look at the list below and you’ll never get another parking ticket again.
1. Always check for signs before parking
Some places are free to park, while others cost money, and there are many places where you can’t park at all.
2. Park in the direction of traffic
Parking against the direction of traffic, even if you’re otherwise allowed to park in a space, will also get you a fine.
3. Avoid parking in front of garages and driveways
Parking in front of a garage or driveway can be very expensive. Getting your car back from a police tow pound is significantly more expensive than a normal parking ticket.
4. Never park close to a crosswalk
Be aware of crosswalks and make sure you park at least 30 feet (10 meters) from them. However, it might be permissible to park with a crosswalk behind you as long as your car doesn’t pose a risk to pedestrians. But always look around for parking signs to make sure you’re okay to park in that particular place.
5. Pay for the entire period
If park in a spot with a meter, pay for the full period. If you pay with a card, you can also get a fine, even if you were only 10 minutes late.
In some places, you can also pay with an app, making it easy to add more time if you’re running late.
6. Never park in a handicap spot
Of course, handicapped places can look inviting sometimes, since they’re always close to where you want to go. But keep in mind that those places are for people who actually need them.
Look on the bright side and enjoy the extra little walk you get by parking farther away. It’s good for your health!
Don’t argue with parking enforcement officers.
Is an officer writing a ticket right when you’re about get back into your car? Be nice. Screaming at a parking guard isn’t going to make them rip up the ticket.
On the other hand, being friendly might increase your chances of getting off easy.
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