The holiday season is fast approaching, and that means from now until next year people will be packed into the mall like sardines every weekend.
The shopping experience this time of year can be so stressful that some people refuse to stop by the mall until Christmas is over. But experts actually have tips that will help you find the perfect spot in minutes, without breaking a sweat.
Just keep these three tips in mind:
1. Pick a Row
The first thing 90% of drivers do when they arrive at the shopping center is cruise up and down the aisles looking for "a good spot." Here's a tip: there aren't any good spots this time of year.
Instead, take psychology professor Andrew Velkey's advice and pick a row, any row. Velkey observed the parking habits at his school, the Christopher Newport University in Virginia, and noticed this technique saved a lot of time.
The difference is that even if you drive up and down the parking lot, you usually wind up pretty far away from the doors. There's no major difference in walking distance if you just pick a row and park in the first free spot you see, but your time in the lot will be way shorter.
Remember the next tip on those really busy holiday shopping trips.