Have you ever lost your car in the proverbial parking garage? I hate to confess it, but I have and more than once. What's worse is when you can't find your car and it's so cold you have a brain freeze and can't remotely begin to think about where you parked. So here's a few hacks I recently came up with as I was wondering through that deck from the Twilight Zone.
Let's face it, if you've lost your car and your short the dilemma is even more real. What that means for me when I'm trying to find my misplaced car is the necessity of standing on my tip-toes to try and see over the multitude of vehicles to spot my ride. If you have a popular make and model, that task becomes even harder. My car is a popular one and I've found myself a few times trying to get into the wrong car because I failed to remember exactly where I parked. Here are some basic things I've come up with to fix the dilemma.
Use Your Technology, You Are Paying for It!
The next time you find yourself parking in a deck or large parking lot, take out your cell phone and text yourself the location where you parked. Better yet, take a picture with your cell phone of the lot and row signs before leaving your car behind.
Use that Automatic Key Fob, It Does More Than Just Crank Your Car!
If you have an automatic key fob opener with an alarm, set it off. Hit the alarm button and the task gets a whole lot easier and it makes you safer in the shady deck as well. This is great if you don't even know what floor you parked on. You'll quickly be able to tell if your on the right level. If not go to the next level and try it again.
Raise That Hatchback or Trunk!
If you don't have an alarm, but you happen to have a hatch back with an auto open button on the key fob, take advantage of it. If I'm in a parking lot and I can't spot my car, I hit the auto hatch back button and the door slowly raises. The great news is, my car suddenly becomes taller than all the other vehicles in the lot and I can see it from a distance despite my short stature. Once I spot the hatchback door, I simple close it back and lock the car and make my way to my vehicle. If you have an auto trunk pop button and you drive a sedan, you can do the same thing. Your car won't be as tall as that mini-van or SUV, but it will definitely point out your vehicle among all the others.
Nobody wants to be stranded and wandering around looking for their car especially in the Fall and Winter months when it's too cold to think straight. Take advantage of these ideas, trust me they work. Good luck the next time you take a drive to a large lot or parking deck. It's a jungle out there!