A new perspective on parking

Parking farther away
@bounce58 (17550)
Canada
April 8, 2016 4:52pm CST
When I drive up to places, I used to be obsessed with finding the best parking spot. Usually, the closest to the entrance of whatever building I was going to. I would normally circle around the lot a couple of times, just to figure out which among the available spots are the best and closest options. And I would feel good if I can park only a few steps from the door. Nowadays, as I embark on this journey of trying to be healthy, I actually prefer to park as far away from the door now. I now appreciate the extra steps, plus the comfort of space at spots farther away. As opposed to the ones closest to the door were all the cars seemed to be jam-packed! What is your parking preference? Do you park as close to the building entrance as possible? Or do you have a brand new car that you’d prefer to park far and in open space so as to prevent accidental nicks from doors of other cars beside you?
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@JolietJake (41608)
8 Apr 16
I normally only go to WallyWorld, and I have a preferred row I always park in...it's near a side entrance that most people don't use, and the next to last row of parking, so there's always plenty of room there. I've chosen ease of parking vs ease of getting inside.
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@bounce58 (17550)
• Canada
8 Apr 16
I bet side entrances like those, with easy parking spaces come in handy during sales at the store! I try to find doors like those too! Makes for a quick getaway when there's a lot of people inside the store.
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@JolietJake (41608)
8 Apr 16
@bounce58 It helps in leaving as well...that row doesn't have a stop-sign as you leave the mall
@yukimori (8614)
• United States
8 Apr 16
@JolietJake Wait, you mean there's places where stop signs are more than just suggestions?
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@maezee (27896)
• United States
8 Apr 16
I hadnt even thought of that last part! Whenever I go to Walmart or another big grocery store I have to park in the very back. This is me being annoyed by traffic and those folks who idle and block lanes waiting for someone to load up their purchases and drive out. Drives me nuts! Rant over. Glad you are getting that little extra exercise when you can!
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@bounce58 (17550)
• Canada
8 Apr 16
I think that's the one thing that other drivers compensate for. Since they didn't get the closest parking spot, they instead idle in front of the store. Even if the person they are waiting for is nowhere near done shopping or paying for their items. It always seem to happen in front of a Wal-Mart!
@xFiacre (10509)
• Ireland
8 Apr 16
@bounce58 I like to find a spot that I won't have to reverse out of, and not too close to wherever I'm headed. My wife is the opposite.
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@bounce58 (17550)
• Canada
8 Apr 16
That's actually one of the advantages of parking far away where there are not a lot of cars. In tandem spots I could just drive from one end the other without reversing. It makes leaving easy as well as you're already facing the aisle.
@sissy15 (5115)
• United States
10 Apr 16
It honestly depends on the day and how I'm feeling. I personally don't drive, but my boyfriend does or when I'm with family or friends, it comes down to what they want, but sometimes I get input. If the weather is bad, which with living where I live the weather is often unpredictable, it's better to close to the entrance, I don't want to walk through the snow or on ice, or if it's cold I just want to get warm. If it's nice out and I'm feeling good I don't mind the walk. I love walking when I'm not in pain, I have some foot and knee issues, so sometimes walking is painful.
@bounce58 (17550)
• Canada
10 Apr 16
From responses here I've realized that I should have put two qualifiers in this discussion. One, is that the weather should be great. I live in a place where it rains often (and I don't like carrying umbrellas), so I do like to be close when it's raining. Second is that when people do have physical limitations, they should park close. But for people like me who's trying to be healthy, should park far. To make parking spots available to people who need it more.
@sissy15 (5115)
• United States
10 Apr 16
@bounce58 I personally love the rain, but I hate being wet, I only walk in it when I know I can be dry right after, so I really don't want to walk around the store soaking wet. I'm not entirely unhealthy and on days where I'm not in pain I love to walk and could walk for miles. Even when I'm in pain though I prefer to walk around the store. I know some people get the electric carts, my boyfriend has to after being on his feet all day with having foot and back issues, by the time he gets home some day she can barely walk, so while I'm in pain, I prefer to leave the electric carts for people even more worse off than I am, but even still it was a good question. Even those with physical limitations don't mind the occasional walk from time to time even if they are in pain, and some people don't let the weather bother them either.
@bounce58 (17550)
• Canada
11 Apr 16
@sissy15 When I read that you love the rain, I quickly checked where you are at. I'm here in the Pacific Northwest, where it rains most of the time. People here could get dragged by the weather. I'd like to think I don't, but sometimes, when it rains day in, and day out, it could get to you. What I personally don't like getting wet in the rain is getting the inside of the shoes wet as you try to jump over puddles. I hate the squishy feeling. If I know I could avoid those, then I'd park close too!
@just4him (92536)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
10 Apr 16
I have trouble walking long distances, so I park as close to the door as I can. It's not always very close, so I do get in some walking now and then.
@bounce58 (17550)
• Canada
10 Apr 16
That is I guess, one of the good things about parking far away. For people like me who are healthy or trying to get healthy. So we can leave some open slots for people that need it more than we do. Thanks!
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@just4him (92536)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
10 Apr 16
@bounce58 I'm doing better with walking. I just lost 13 pounds, and it feels good.
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@scheng1 (24947)
• Singapore
9 Apr 16
That is good. Though you are more likely to walk just 200 steps or so, you do save time by not going round in circle. I think many people do not think about the time-saving part.
@bounce58 (17550)
• Canada
10 Apr 16
@scheng1 You're exactly right! Often in the search for the best parking spot you waste a lot of time circling the parking area. Not to mention tha gas burned circling around.
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@scheng1 (24947)
• Singapore
11 Apr 16
@bounce58 Yes, you can move out of the parking area sooner if you park far away. Nobody will block your way!
@much2say (35460)
• United States
8 Apr 16
It all depends. I have a bigger car now than I had a couple years ago, so I tend to park where the crowds aren't . . . yah, I don't want the nicks and dings (and getting myself in a spot where it's too hard to get into the car!). During the hot days I look for shade, or at least a place that doesn't fact the sun too much. If it rains (which is rare), I like to be in open air - away from being under messy trees. But if I find that one spot right up front, you bet I'm gonna try to get it!
@bounce58 (17550)
• Canada
8 Apr 16
Haha! You're like George Constanza and his view of finding the best spot! Lucky you that it doesn't rain as much there. I just remembered! I think I had a discussion posted here years ago about parking closest to the door because I don't like getting wet when it's raining as I run from the car to the door (or something like this!) Forgetting about similar discussions: another sign of getting old!
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@much2say (35460)
• United States
9 Apr 16
@bounce58 Oh my gah, I totally forgot about that (yes, I know all too well about forgetting lately too) - George! I like to avoid paying for parking whenever possible like him - and I sure don't yap away when I'm trying to parallel park - I need to focus! We need the rain - the drought is only getting worse - so we're not so lucky. I need it so it can wash my car!
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@yukimori (8614)
• United States
8 Apr 16
I used to not mind walking across parking lots, but I have fibromyalgia and some days it's hard to accurately gauge my energy levels. Lately, I've been consciously choosing spaces closer to where I'm going simply because it lets me conserve energy I'd rather use for other tasks like playing with the kids.
@bounce58 (17550)
• Canada
8 Apr 16
Hi @yukimori ! I understand it for people with certain physical limitations that they should park close by. Not for the rest of us though who are healthy, or at least trying to be healthy. Do you carry a handicapped tag for the car? So you can avail of the handicapped spaces?
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@yukimori (8614)
• United States
8 Apr 16
@bounce58 I don't fit the criteria to have the placard or plate, so I can't use those spaces. It would really help some days, though!
@euphie (610)
• Ballymena, Northern Ireland
10 Apr 16
I normally try to park close to where I am going but depends on my mood really. Sometimes the walk is good but if I'm on my own, it's normally as quickly as I can get in and out and I park as close to the door as I can.
@bounce58 (17550)
• Canada
10 Apr 16
When I go to big box stores, or any store for that matter, I too like to get in and out as quickly as possible. It's just the parking part that I've been comfortable to be a bit longer because I may have parked far away. Thanks!
@shaggin (27092)
• United States
9 Apr 16
My father will drive around until he finds a good close parking spot. I have such a bad memory that if I do not park down the aisle directly in front of the doors to the entrance then I cannot find my vehicle. It doesn't matter how far down the lot I have to park as long as I am directly down that row that is all I care.
@bounce58 (17550)
• Canada
10 Apr 16
I make it a habit to take a mental note of the numbers I see around where I park. It could get could get confusing if I didb't when I go to buildings with muti-level parking. That may be a good idea though. I could be as far as I could, as long as it's on the direct row. I've forgotten floor levels once or twice before. The direct row would make it easy to remember.
@MsTickle (25014)
• Australia
9 Apr 16
I like to park close but i don't mind walking a little either.
@bounce58 (17550)
• Canada
9 Apr 16
I just realized that if it's raining, I do want to park close. But if it's sunny like today, I don't mind walking. Thanks!
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@Morleyhunt (16817)
• Canada
8 Apr 16
Most of the time I am ferrying my father, so I qualify for a handicapped parking spot. When I am by myself, I park a good distance from the door. I'm not afraid to walk a few steps.
@bounce58 (17550)
• Canada
8 Apr 16
Oh I should have tought of that! If you go to places where there might be certain bad elements around, specially at night, then definitely you should park close. But mostly in big stores the parking area are well lit, and considerably "safe", so I am also not afraid to take the extra steps!