Quick Tech Tip: Snap a Photo or Video to Remember Where You Parked Your Car

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There's a slew of new tracking accessories to help people find regularly lost items: keys, pets, luggage, maybe even your favorite red stapler which always goes missing [mumble]. But what if that lost item is your car? There's actually no need to purchase anything, as you likely have the solution sitting on your desk, in your pocket, or in your hands right now: your smartphone.

Lifehacker shared this really obvious, simple, but undeniably helpful list of tips which I've used in the past to remember where I've parked. Whenever I park the car somewhere I'm not well acquainted with, or with an unusually large parking structure with multitudes of similarly laid out floors of cars (like every year in Las Vegas for CES), I take a quick snapshot of the parking structure signs nearby and a wide shot of the cars surrounding my ride. Then later, if I need a refresher course I can just pull up the photos to refer to (or video) and remember if it was floor 3Ab or 3Ba I was parked on.

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The other idea better suited for outdoor street parking is to use Google Map's pins feature (or iOS Maps) to mark down exactly where you've parked your car, useful if you've parked on a side street far from your actual intended destination, especially at night. Just tap "Locate" once you've parked, give the GPS a moment to pinpoint your location, and then tap + hold on the screen to create a location pin. No more lost car!

(Images: Zametalov/chaoss Shutterstock; Gregory Han)

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