3 Common Parking Mistakes and What You Can Do to Fix Them

It’s no secret that finding on-street parking can be a nightmare, especially when you’re navigating the streets of Manhattan. Nationwide, the average driver spends about 17 hours a year looking for a parking spot, but in New York City the average driver spends 107 hours looking for a spot to park in a single year.

The good news is that there a few ways you can make finding a parking spot in a metropolitan area a little bit easier. Here are three of the most common mistakes drivers make when parking in NYC and what you can do to keep from making those mistakes yourself.

Mistake #1: Hoping for the Best

As of 2019, there are 1.632 million people living in Manhattan. That means when you get into your car and hope that you’ll find on-street parking when you enter the city, you’re competing with at least a million other drivers hoping for the same thing. It’s never a good idea to wing it when it comes to parking in Manhattan. Remember that time is money, especially when driving a vehicle (gas isn’t cheap).

A great way to make sure you have somewhere to park when you get into the city is by renting a parking spot at a monthly parking garage. With monthly parking plans, you never have to sweat over how you’ll sandwich your car into a tight spot because you’ll always have a spot waiting for you.

Mistake #2: Trusting a Meter Is Clean

City living isn’t always the cleanest, and finding sanitized parking during a pandemic can feel impossible. Consider how many people have found the same parking space that you have and how many hands have touched that parking meter you’re now touching. While hand sanitizer and sanitary wipes may be able to keep you covered until you can wash your hands, you don’t want to run the risk of accidentally touching your face until you can give your hands a good scrub.

Icon Parking Systems offers sanitized parking solutions you can rely on during COVID-19. Icon Parking’s monthly parking garages offer contact-less check-ins and check-outs, require all members and visitors to wear masks, and also come equipped with sanitizing stations that use CDC-approved cleaning products.

Mistake #3: Relying on Apps to Find EV Charging Stations

Many New Yorkers are making the switch over to electric vehicles to help reduce their carbon emissions in the city. Unfortunately, it isn’t exactly easy to find EV charging stations when you need them most. While there are apps available to find EV charging stations near you, those apps don’t necessarily tell you whether that charging station also offers EV parking.

Icon Parking Systems has over 60 locations across New York City that offer rentable parking spaces with EV charging stations. When you choose to park with Icon Parking, you can trust that your vehicle will be able to charge without having to keep the vehicle running.

Looking for sanitized parking, EV charging stations, and convenient parking spots? Icon Parking has you covered. Contact us to learn more about our monthly parking solutions today.

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