Trouble Free Airport Parking

4 Tips to Keep Your Car Safe

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Going on vacation or a business trip and need to leave the family car in long term airport parking? You need to be prepared to leave your car for an extended period of time. Wait, what could possibly happen in an airport parking lot? Chances are nothing will happen, but five minutes of preparation will mean that you aren't stuck in that same airport parking lot when you would rather be on the way home.

  1. Disconnect your battery. This applies to anyone who has experienced any sort of power drain during long term parking or inactivity. It takes just a minute to disconnect and can save you from airport parking hell.
  2. Be sure your tires are fully inflated. Even the slowest leak will have time to flatten a tire if you have an extended airport parking stay.
  3. If it's winter, be sure you have an ice scraper. This sounds obvious, but an unexpected blast of winter weather coupled with a long term airport parking stay can be a real pain in the neck to get off the windshield. It can also be a good idea to bring a small shovel. This may sound like overkill, but when the airport maintenance crew is plowing the parking lot, the last thing they're concerned with is how packed in your car gets as they go back and forth moving the snow out of the main path of the parking lot. A shovel can move the snow out of your way quickly, or you could end up digging out with your bare hands. Your choice.
  1. Choose your parking place wisely. If there is covered parking available, you're better off walking half a mile with all of your luggage to get one of these spots than taking an open air parking space 10 feet from the sliding doors of your terminal. You never know what type of weather will settle in while you're gone. 

    These four tips can make your experience in long-term airport parking trouble free. Now go fly the friendly skies!