The prospect of travel brings along a lot of things to the fore. It brings along anticipation, excitement, exhilaration and an amazing sense of adventure, but sadly, it also brings tension and a panic attack that’s nothing short of a nuclear disaster gone horribly wrong. And it’s completely understandable. You have your flight to confirm, last minute calls to make, ensure the house is in proper order and is all locked up, a cab to call, reach the airport on time or even before time, and a host of other things. In the middle of all this, imagine the trouble you have to go through to get a decent and safe parking spot at the airport. You don’t have the time for that and you sure as hell don’t have the patience. Listed below are four points you need to check before going for airport parking, to ensure a smooth, hassle-free and worry-free holiday.
Make prior bookings
You’re travelling to another city, state or country; by air. It is a given that there are going to be a million other important things running through your head. And parking facility is definitely not going to be one of those things. Save yourself the last minute confusion and panic attack, and make a reservation with the airport parking facility by calling in beforehand. That will be one major worry off your back.
Identify the various modes of payment
Many airport parking services offer two modes of payment- turn up and pre-booking. As the terms state, turn up means paying on-the-spot, as and when you show up at the airport, whereas pre-booking is, well, pre-booking. As mentioned earlier, prior bookings are advisable and safer even, so is making your payments beforehand also equally advisable. And, more often than not, pre-booking rates are way cheaper than the turn-up rates.
This is one of the most important factors that should never skip your attention. If the security is lax, no amount of pre-booking or other precautions will save you. The three things you should look for in terms of airport parking security are- video surveillance, because it’s reassuring to leave for a holiday knowing that the entire facility is being watched; a security fence, because that is the first line of defence. A good security fence, may not entirely keep thieves at bay but it definitely makes the whole thing a lot more difficult; and regular patrols, because what good are all kinds of high-end security measure when there’s no one to man the whole thing? Call me old-school, but regular patrolling, according to me, is the final feather in the security hat.
Choose the right parking space
This is necessary if you intend to save time as well as ensure some safety. Try to get a parking spot where there is maximum visibility, someplace that would not miss the eye of the surveillance camera or the patrolling officers or visitors. Book a parking spot that is in a well-lit area or is in good proximity of the toll booths or the parking office. Basically, anything that’s not in a no-man’s land.
Jackie Copperfield is just a regular housewife who loves blogging. In her last blog she discussed why getting an Airport Parking in Brisbane is becoming next to impossible.