Most of us tend to focus on getting a spot as close as possible to the door of a store to save time, but focusing on leaving the store can help you pick a better spot.
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Over at the productivity blog Productivity501 they've put together a list of tips for squeezing more efficiency out of your parking routines. One of the most interesting tips is to focus on leaving the store, not getting yourself as close to the door as possible:
Not every slot is equal when it comes to exiting the parking lot. Some will dump you out into a flow of pedestrian traffic and can waste considerable time. This is one of the advantages of picking a side lane and taking the first space you find while moving away from the store. Also, watch out for things like pharmacy pick-up spots that are likely to have a high rate of vehicle changes and thus can make it difficult for you to get out of the parking lot if others are pulling in and out when you need to leave.
I know I prefer to park, when parking in a large parking lot, at the middle to the back of the lot but near a shopping cart return — parking near the trolley returns is another one of their tips! — so that I can ditch my trolley quickly and pull out into a lower-traffic density area instead of waiting for the pedestrians and good-spot-trollers to get out of the way.
Check out their list at the link below for more great tips. Have a parking tip or trick? Let's hear about it in the comments.
Parking Strategies [Productivity501]