5 Simple Tips to Help You Avoid a Parking Ticket

By Anonymous (not verified) on Apr 10, 2012 and it has 0 comments and 124924 views

 

5 Simple Ways to Avoid a Parking Ticket

                It’s an awful realization: seeing that parking ticket flapping in the wind from under your windshield wiper. Perhaps you were five minutes too late in feeding the meter, or parked in a bad spot when you went into a store really quickly. Or you just didn’t realize you couldn’t park there during business hours. Depending on the circumstances, the parking ticket could be cheap, or hefty for a small slip of the mind.

                There may be “tips and tricks’ out there on how to evade the person writing the ticket, or on how to game the system in some way. Don’t listen to those, as they will only mean more hassle in the long run. Instead, pay attention to these five simple ways to avoid a parking ticket:

1.      Overpay the Meter  – Things happen. You park at a meter to eat lunch, only to have the food take longer than expected. Now, you’re stuck with a ticket because the meal should have taken 30 minutes instead of 45. Most parking meters take nickels and dimes, so use those to budget for more time in case something takes longer than usual, or something happens that you didn’t expect.

2.      Stay Close to the Curb  – The general rule is to park within 18 inches of the curb. Anything more puts you into traffic, and puts you at risk for a ticket. It may seem like a nitpicky detail, however, I’ve heard stories of a man in my hometown who spends his day measuring the distance between the curb and parked cars, and reporting the ones in violation. If anything, pay attention to how you park because you never know who’s paying attention.

 

3.       Five Minutes is All They Need – Don’t try parking somewhere you’re not supposed to just because you’re only going to be able to be there for five minutes. That’s enough time for a parking enforcement officer to catch you and to issue the ticket. Even if it’s going to be a few minutes, avoid those obvious “no parking” spaces, such as fire hydrants, corners of intersections, loading zones, and designated no parking areas.

 

4.       Pay Attention to Time Limits – If the lot says “two hour parking”, then adhere to it. Time limits may even apply to metered parking, so refilling the meter doesn’t help that much. Time limits are there for a reason: the parking is in high demand, so officers will be watching and patrons will be complaining if you overstay your welcome. If you’re going to need longer than the time limit, don’t risk it. Find a lot that doesn’t have limits.

 

5.       Don’t Argue With the Officer – Nowadays, most parking enforcement officers are using wireless technology to issue the parking ticket. This means that once it’s issued, you have to deal with the ticket in court because the officer can’t take it back at that point, even if you’re going to move your car. Since the officer can’t take it back, there’s no point in arguing with the officer, so arguing will only get you into more trouble.

 

Parking tickets aren’t fun, even if it’s only a $10 or $15 fine. It’s much easier to be mindful and to do the right thing instead of coming up with ways to go around the rules and to take chances with the rules and the officers. Avoiding parking tickets can be a simple process.

 



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