This year we will be flying to our Christmas destination. Since our car has spent a lot of time in the airport parking lot I thought it would be useful to offer some Airport Parking Safety Tips to help ensure your car will remain just as you left it.
1.Use secure airport parking.
You might be tempted to park elsewhere while you are gone but parking in the airport parking lots offers some peace of mind. With security patrolling and gated lots I feel like it’s a good place for my car to wait for us to come home.
2. Dejunk and clean out your car.
When we drive around town we have DVD players attached to the front seats for entertainment. We also more than likely have a tablet or two in the car for kids to play with. There always seems to be some trash and food lying around as well.
When you are heading to the airport, clean out your car. Get rid of the expensive electronics so that it doesn’t tempt a would-be criminal. Cleaning out the garbage, food and anything else that doesn’t belong will make for a pleasant return to a clean car. When you get home from vacation you are more than likely tired, I know I am. Coming back to a clean car is a happy bonus to make the transition back to reality easier.
3. Maintain your car before you go.
While you are gone your car will just be sitting there. It could be sitting in extreme heat or extreme cold. Make sure your car has had its regular maintenance before you go so that it’s sure to start and bring you home upon your return. You don’t want to have any bad surprised on the airport parking lot.
4. Park under the lights.
I feel the safest place for a car is under a light post. That way your car is never in the shadows, it is always lit and easily seen. No one can try to be sneaky can spend a lot of time at your car at night because it’s lit up.
5. Don’t forget to lock your car.
In the stress of parking your car and catching the shuttle to the airport, don’t forget to lock your car. There have been times when we were preparing to get on my bus and we remembered to lock the car right before we got on the bus. Stay calm and lock your car!