It is convenient to take your car into the city – but with Australian cities becoming more and more congested, parking is an issue. For some advice on the best way to navigate this issue in the easiest way possible, read on.
Firstly – take some time to become familiar with the parking signs. Some of these can be really complex, with some parking zones different regulations for different times of the day. Look out for special instructions such as “rear to kerb”.
Plan your trip – find out whether there is a parking garage in the vicinity of where you need to go, and whether they offer a discounted rate for advance booking. If you travel in to the city on a daily/regular basis, look out for further discounts available for weekly or monthly use. Some parking garages will take credit cards which saves time on locating the pay station when you are ready to leave. Some parking garages will offer discounted rates for parking during off-peak periods, and some street parking spots become free parking from 6pm daily.
An alternative to a paid car park is a shopping centre – often they will allow for parking at a reasonable cost.
When you park, take note of the exact location – seems a bit obvious, but most of us have spent some time looking for a “lost” car – whether it be inside a parking garage or on the street. Having taken note of where you have parked, don’t forget to note when your paid time will expire. Setting an alarm on your phone which will allow you enough time to return to your car before the metre expires is a great idea.
Another good idea is to take a few photos of your car once you have parked it, so that you have a reference as to the condition in which you left it – should something happen to the vehicle while you are away.
Look at options to utilise available public transport in conjunction with the convenience of using your car – perhaps parking on the outskirts of the city in a more affordable parking garage or unmetered area, which is close to a bus, or train or tram.