The obvious reason to never pay for parking is to save money, but there’s many other benefits.
In no way do I condemn playing ‘risk’ with a parking attendant. That can be a costly mistake. I’m talking about finding alternative legal places to park. Often these places can be found no more than 10 minutes from where you want to be.
Let’s start with the saving. The exact figure saved for each person would vary, but I did a quick calculation based on my needs, where I’d park, how often and for how long. Even when I massively underestimate this it works out at £1825 a year saving. What would you spend that extra money on?
Save £1825 a year
The Other Benefits of Free Parking
- Health When you park away from your destination you are likely to do a bit more exercise. The extra exercise is good for your physical and mental health. If you add this benefit everyday to your life it will massively change your overall health.
- Less Hassle Finding the correct change, downloading apps, finding a teeny tiny space, restless children in the car are all added stressors when parking in a car park. Let’s remove stress from our daily lives where we can.
- Less People You can often find yourself in a more remote location. For your efforts you will be rewarded with beautiful scenery to yourself, whilst everyone else is paying for the view of other people and queues.
Alright, I know it’s not always as idyllic as the picture above, but you get the idea.
- Cuts Down On Pollution Stopping and starting in busy places causes more pollution. If you can park further out and save on the stop starting you will reduce your emissions (oh and save money on fuel).
- Get More Time Your parking time can define how long you are out. It’s one of the big questions when you park. How long will we be here? What a waste of your time and a day. Running back to the car so you don’t get a ticket. I’d rather be exactly the time that suits my family. Not the time the parking meter says.
Never paying for parking could have a massive positive impact on your life.
I know it’s not always possible and you might not bother.
If you’ve read all of this I’m guessing you think this could benefit you. Give it a go.
We are constantly looking for ways we can make life better. From small life changes through to the big stuff.