Christmas is one of the busiest times of the year for shopping. Stores and retail centres are flooded with people looking to buy presents for their loved ones. As a result, trying to find a parking space can prove to be a real challenge and very time consuming. In order to help you secure a space and make your Christmas shopping less stressful, the Motors.co.uk team has come up with a few useful tips.
1. Avoid moving your car
Leaving your car in one place is the best option when you have more than one destination to go to during Christmas. Avoid taking your car from one car park to another. Either walk or use public transport as an alternative. Moving your car will use up time as you search for another space and try to navigate through the Christmas traffic. Simply stay put and use the time to get all your shopping finished rather than parking your car.
2. Look out for people leaving
As soon as you enter the car park you need to be on the lookout for other shoppers who are leaving. This is a great way to get hold of a space quickly. Once you see someone who is about to leave, look to see where they have parked and use their place once they leave. Other shoppers will have the same idea though so you will need to be quick!
3. Park near the entrance
Although this won’t help you to gain a space, it will save you some much needed time and effort. Christmas shopping rarely involves just getting the odd item or two. Instead, it is likely you will be swamped with numerous bags and items as you go from store to store trying to avoid a return visit next weekend. Therefore, parking by the entrance will give you a distinct advantage by not having to walk as far. These cherished spaces do not come easily though and you will need to arrive very early to be able to have this luxury.
4. Avoid weekends
The weekends are obviously the busiest time of the week to do your shopping. Despite late night openings offered by most shopping centres, especially around Christmas, the majority of people choose to do their Christmas shopping at the weekends. By going during the week, you will avoid the huge crowds that swarm the shops over the weekend and may even be able to enjoy yourself without the congestion.
5. Be early
A simple yet effective tip. Waking up that hour or two earlier and setting off in the morning really can make the difference in helping you get a parking space. Avoid the middle of the day at peak times when shops will be at their busiest. The earlier you get there, the easier it will be for you to park. It will also mean you can get all of your shopping done more quickly and not have to spend the majority of your day out of the house and looking for presents.