How to Park in a Major City

Two Parts:Pre-PlanningMethods of Parking

Traveling within a major city can be considered a stressful situation. When it comes to driving within the city one of the most aggravating tasks is trying to find decent parking. A person will find themselves driving around searching for a place to park while in turn trying to dodge the insane traffic around them. This instruction set provides simple step by step instructions on how to park in any major city, thus eliminating a stressful situation. By doing a little pre-planning, assessing your funds, and narrowing down your parking options you will find parking in a major city less of a hassle.

Part 1

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    Look up your destination online using Google maps.
    • Approximate your duration at the destination.
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    Find the different methods of parking located near your destination (Meter, Structure, and Free).
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    Determine payment options (card or cash) for parking methods.
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    Print directions out to your location and chosen parking area if needed.
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    Assess your funds available for parking.
    • If available, count cash/ coins on hand.
    • Check your bank account (online or over phone) for card payment.
    • After you have decided how much you are willing to spend choose your method of parking.

Part 2
Methods of Parking

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    Use a parking meter. (Only if funds are available)
    • Locate empty meter area.
    • Pull into empty parking spot and make sure you are within the designated area.
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    After turning your car off, walk to the meter with coins or credit card ready in hand.
    • Read the time limit for the parking meter and enter the amount of money that is needed for the time you determined for your stay.
    • Double check the meter and read the proper amount of payment that was entered.
    • Once you are satisfied you may proceed to your destination.
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    Park in a structure. (Only if funds are available)
    • Pull into the entrance of the parking structure with cash or credit card ready in hand.
    • Observe the time of accessibility to structure
    • Swipe your card if it is automatic or exchange payment method with the cashier.
    • Find a parking spot and make sure you do not block anyone else’s path.
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    Try free parking (if available).
    • Locate empty parking area.
    • Pull into your desired parking space. (Do not block any driveways, sidewalks, or fire hydrants)
    • Shut vehicle off and exit your car.
    • Analyze your surroundings and parking limitations (Look for posted signs regarding parking)
    • If satisfied proceed to desired destination.


  • When parking in a spot that is free of charge, you definitely want to make sure that nothing valuable is visible from the outside of your car and all doors are locked.
  • Be aware that parking meters have various time limits.
  • If parking is free note if parking is time restricted and you are not breaking any laws when parking in a certain spot.
  • When using a metered spot to park have coins readily available if meter is older, if meter is electronic you may either use cash/ coins or credit card.
  • Purchase a parking permit for a structure if you plan on being downtown every day of the week, this will save you an immense amount of time and money.

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