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Ideas for solving your own parking problems
Published: Sunday, February 24, 2013
Updated: Sunday, February 24, 2013 22:02
A vehicle slowly creeps behind a pedestrian as he walks to his car.
To the driver’s dismay, the pedestrian suddenly crosses two rows of cars, gets into his vehicle and pulls out of his parking space.
Before the driver can claim the space, someone else dives into the space.
This is a taste of what parking is like at ETSU.
Here are some helpful suggestions to help you avoid the mad dash for the spot:
Know the prime-time parking spots for your schedule. Chances are that if you’re not getting to campus at 6 a.m., you’re not going to get a spot at the Culp Center, so plan for that.
Watch the lots when you don’t have class. Which lots are in constant rotation? Those lots are probably your best bet for finding that coveted afternoon spot.
Coordinate with a friend who gets out of class 5-10 minutes before you need to be in class.
Coordinating your parking spots with friends will cut down on search time and give you ample time to get to class.
Be nice to pedestrians. If you smile at pedestrians and ask if they’re walking to their cars, chances are they will be more than happy to give you their spots.
Plus, if they’re not leaving, asking them right away will eliminate that 10-minute stalking period and allow you to search for other spots.
Get to campus early. Not getting the spot you want? Getting to ETSU extremely early will allow you park in almost any lot.
Get some exercise. It’s not always better to spend 20 minutes looking for a parking spot. Sometimes, it’s better to park on the outskirts of campus and ride the BucShot or walk to where you need to be.