Blog: Have you ever forgotten where you parked your car?


[Associated Press] Finding your car in a parking lot can be a difficult task.
Picture this: you leave the mall, walk outside in the direction you thought you parked your car and then realize you are completely disoriented and can’t remember where you parked.  You wander around aimlessly for a moment or two before either setting off the alarm to find it, or searching up and down the aisles to find a car with your same color and model.  Who hasn’t done that?  Now, imagine you don’t find your car.  No, better yet — you won’t find your car for another two years!

A man in Munich, Germany, lost his car after a night of partying and was not able to locate it after searching the next day.  He gave up and reported the loss to the police.  Two years later the car was found in the parking lot because of expired registration stickers.  It was 2.5 miles away from where the man thought he had lost it.

 “The weird thing is that it turned up so far away, although the owner was pretty sure of where he had left it.” Policeman Alexander Lorenz from Munich.

The man has no idea how the car turned up so far away from where he thought he left it.  But at least he was no suspect to drinking and driving.  Who can imagine losing your car for two years, though? Maybe all of this could have been prevented if the man had decided not to drink.  Or maybe he should have used the new app created to help locate cars in large parking lots.

The app by Find My Car Smarter lets the phone connect to a satellite GPS system and automatically saves your parking location.  iPhones, Blackberries and traditional GPS systems all have applications that allow someone to save the location of their car and find it later.  Perhaps our friend in Germany could have taken advantage of this in his situation.

But technology isn’t the only way to find a lost car.  You can also pay attention to light poles, curbing, marking on poles or parking reminders.  Also, remembering where you entered a building and from which direction can help when exiting the building and trying to locate a lost car. Or you can use mind power to recall your parking location, as cited in this video.

So, no matter what you do to find your car, use what works for you.  Whether it’s mind tricks, memorizing a light pole number, getting a GPS to find it, or just meandering aisles until you stumble upon it, good luck, and I hope you’re not saying, “Dude, where’s my car?” for too long.





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