Where Is the Best Place to Park My Car?
When it comes to looking for a place to park, some spots are ideal…others, not so much. Let’s look at some of the best (and worst) places you can park.
Away from fire hydrants
Did you know parking in front of a hydrant is a ticketable offense? In fact, both law enforcement and firefighters can ticket you for it! This is because firefighters need that spot to remain easily accessible to them at all times, just in case there’s a fire.
Not under trees
Speaking of natural disasters, you might not be able to avoid everything that poses a risk to your car, but you can avoid the inevitable. By not parking your car under trees, you avoid hazards such as falling branches, acorns, berries, and sap. So unless you want to make an insurance claim or spend your Saturdays scraping a sticky mess off your windshield and roof, avoid parking your car under trees.
Not in a handicap spot
No matter how tempted you may be to park in a handicap spot out of convenience, don’t do it. Alabama law states:
“It shall be unlawful for any person who does not have a distinctive special long-term access or long-term disability access license plate or placard or temporary disability placard as provided in Section 32-6-231 , or who is not transporting a passenger who has a distinctive special long-term access or long-term disability access license plate or placard or temporary disability placard as provided in Section 32-6-231 , to park a motor vehicle in a parking place designated for individuals with disabilities…”
According to the law, violators could be fined anywhere from $50-$500 depending on whether it is your first, second, or third offense.
In your garage
Do you sometimes park your car on the street? Is your garage more of a storage area than a place for your vehicle? The smartest place to park your car is the one that provides the most cover for your vehicle. So if at all possible, park in your garage or under your car port, to protect your car from vandalization, theft, and natural disasters.