Traditionally, parking was one of the most stressful aspects of driving, from finding a suitable space to navigating the payment processes. Parking technologies such as ANPR and smartphone apps have undoubtedly transformed how we park.
While technology has somewhat of a bad reputation in some cases, its positive impact on parking is huge. There are so many benefits that stem from parking technology, making the lives of motorists easier globally. In the absence of this technology, drivers would be forced to continue with old practices that caused frustration. Thankfully, though, the following technology was developed to improve parking methods for motorists.
Here are the 5 Benefits of Parking Technology
- Limited Traffic on Streets
First things first, parking technology works to reduce the number of cars on the street searching for parking spaces. This is because there are apps available to show motorists where they can find available parking spaces. As a result, they’re not forced to drive aimlessly around an area to find somewhere safe to leave their vehicle. The effect of this is fewer roaming cars in the street to find suitable parking spots. This smoother traffic flow results in more efficient roads, allowing for time, money, and environmental savings. The benefits are seemingly endless.
- Decreased Stress in Motorists
There’s no denying that one of the most stressful experiences as a driver is parking. While parking technology doesn’t actually park a car for you (although we’re very close to this being the case), it does show you where you can and can’t park with accuracy. Whenever you find yourself in a new city, you always find yourself researching the parking situation prior to arrival. This is to reduce stress as much as possible and give you peace of mind that your car will be okay. Fortunately, parking technology makes these preparations a whole lot easier.
- Reduced Carbon Footprint
It goes without saying that the less time that’s spent driving around looking for parking spaces, the more the carbon footprint is reduced. Gas-powered cars are obviously bad for the environment, producing emissions that are very harmful to the planet. The more time that’s spent driving around without purpose, the more gas is wasted. This gas is then released into the environment, which causes problems for its well-being. Therefore, not only can parking technology make parking easier, but it can help save the planet contribute towards the stunting of climate change.
- Time and Cost Efficiency
So much time is wasted by motorists driving around to try and find a suitable parking spot. With this wasted time also comes wasted money, as gas (or electricity) is required to keep a car powered. Whether you’re wasting gas or electricity to find the right parking spot, you’ll have to recharge your vehicle somehow, and this doesn’t come cheap. Especially in current times when the global cost of living crisis is worse than it has ever been. Everyone is looking for ways to reduce their spending, and using parking technology correctly is one of the most effective ways of doing so.
Reduced Fuel Consumption
Last but not least, using parking technology means that less fuel is consumed. As previously mentioned, searching for a parking spot often requires excessive driving around, which obviously drains the gas tank. Not only does reduced fuel consumption result in an improved environmental impact and lower costs, but it also ensures the earth’s resources aren’t being wasted. Gas is created from fossil fuels, and once these are gone, they’re gone. Therefore, we need to use what we’ve got wisely before gas-powered cars are eliminated completely. All in all, parking technology is yet to present any downsides.