Finding a parking space being one of the major challenges car owners in Lagos face, one would think the busy city has everything but parking spaces for car owners.
This is definitely not the case as many institutions now have provisions for commercial parking facilities, which a car owner could easily find by using the Parchive

These car parks differ in designs and styles but they provide one thing to their customers, parking space for their cars. 

Here are different kinds of car parks you’ll most definitely find in Lagos. 

Multi-story Car Parks:

This is a building with a number of floors designed for automobile parking.
The earliest known multi-story car park was built in May 1901, by the suburban electric carriage company, in London, with spaces for 100 vehicles over 7 floors.
A typical multi Storey car park in Lagos is The Campbell Centre, Lagos Island.

It is one of the largest car park facilities in Nigeria, with a capacity of 450+, to accommodate cars on 5 floors. It is an indoor, stacked car park.

With Parchive, which provides services for car owners to find safe car parks, it is easy to navigate your way to one of the multi Storey car parks in the city.

Underground Car parks:

Closed or underground car parks are usually located under a building. Underground car parks have several levels supported by pillars.

Research shows that the world’s first underground parking lot was a 250  car parking garage in the Alden Towers Manor, in 1927.

Movement from one floor to another is made easy for drivers with the use of a ramp.

Single level Car park:

A single-level car park is located on the surface and has only one floor.  It is easy to access as there are no poles.

Single-level car parks are common in Lagos, one would easily find these parks in malls or other busy parts of the city.

Access to these car parks is usually faster and maneuvering out of the park is easy too.
One good example of a single-level car park is the First Mega Century car park in Ikoyi.

The car park has a well-structured facility with a capacity of 100+, as well as a car washing service.

The facility which runs from Monday through Saturday with a parking fee as low as N500 is one of the most secured spots for car parking.

Automated Car parking system:

This is a mechanical parking system that moves Cars from entry to available spaces.

It is entirely mechanical and does not require much human maneuvering. It uses multiple levels and cars are parked vertically, and as a result, fewer land spaces are used to park as many cars as possible.

The Campbell Centre runs a multi-level, with an automated entry and exit system.

To easily make car park reservations in Lagos, this YouTube video shows how to make reservations with Parchive.

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Our dear city, Lagos, is proudly the most populous city in Africa. Sits beautifully on an elevation of 41m, the financial centre for the continent and houses the busiest sea ports in the continent too. So busy a city, that people hardly sleep a wink. 
We love our recreations too. And one thing we also all love is our cars! 

The love for our automobiles knows no bounds. We literally, sometimes sleep in them, all thanks to traffic. Lagos, being filled with these beauties in four wheels and drivers, either too reluctant to take their cars off theirs sights, mostly for security reasons,  or unwilling to find car parks, often end up with the four wheeled beauties on the walkway. 

Yes, the walkway. Many a times, it’s a wonder how pedestrians tend to maneuver their way through the city. 

Cars parked tail to tail in long rows, causing both automobile and human traffic, in streets and major roads. 

Car parks aren’t obsolete, no. 

These car park spaces are located at strategic places around the city, with 0 to 20 percent of drivers utilizing their features in maximum.  Hence, leaving the streets and roads filled with parked vehicles.

This menace springs it’s root from buildings being erected without consideration for parking lots, residential areas being built without a second thought at residents’ parking spaces, schools being built everywhere, without a space for parents’ cars during drop and pick up time. 

Should we talk about office complexes without a parking lot for their employees?  Over time, roads and walkways are now being doubled as car parks. 

Roads now being narrowed as a result of walkway parking, making it difficult for commuters and pedestrians to safely go about their daily duties. A study by the Lagos State Metropolitan Area Transport Authority, LAMATA shows that major causes of traffic jam is walkway or road side parking. 

The use of organised car parking system is an untapped business  that could solve the situation of grid lock traffic jam and incessant walkway parking in Lagos. 

If this system is properly inculcated in the society, it will not only take away the annoying traffic jam, but would go a long way in improving the conditions of living. 

Different ways Drivers can park their Cars

Different ways Drivers can park their Cars

A parking space is a location designated for parking; it can be a garage, on a street or in a parking lot. This space is usually marked to fit a single car and the parking fee will depend on location and also based on time which is a factor of the regulations put in place. In this article, we will be talking about the different types of parking and also give insights into perfecting your parking skill as a driver.

There are four main types of parking;

  • Perpendicular parking,
  • Angled echelon parking,
  • Parallel parking, and
  • Double parking.

Let’s “drive” right in… 🙂

Perpendicular Parking

This type of parking requires not so much skill to move in or out since it requires one to park the car perpendicular to the parking wall or curb. This type is common in garages and parking bays.

Angled Echelon Parking

This type of parking is similar to the perpendicular parking except that the cars are parked at an acute angle and in direction to the cars approaching the parking space. For angle parking, it is a lot easier to move into space than in perpendicular parking since the turn at this point is subtle. This parking allows more cars to be parked in a smaller space and allows easier maneuver.
Angle parking requires one easy skill which is to start turning once half or three-quarters of your car has passed the previous car. Reversing requires the same skill applied but with caution while considering the space behind the car.

Parallel parking

Parallel parking involves parking the car in line with others and parallels to the curb or wall. In such parking lots, all cars face one direction with the front bumper facing the previous or front car’s rear bumper.
These parking lots are usually common on street sides where space is limited while allowing the smooth flow of traffic.

However, this type requires one to have a certain technique in driving to allow driving into a specific parking space without causing damages. Parallel parking requires you to drive next to the car you are parallel parking to which is usually the car in front of you.

  • If your car is of the same size as the next, line up your side mirror (left/ right depending on the parking side).
  • If the next car is bigger, place the car a little bit further.
  • If the car is smaller, move a little bit into the front of the car.
  • Then turn slowly towards the curb or wall and at one point move the wheels away from the curb slowly until the back is aligned then turn the wheels away from the curb.

    However, you have to maneuver continuously back and forth to allow fitting right in. Please always ensure the car has enough space left between other cars to allow ease of driving out.

Double Parking

Double parking occurs when a particular car gets parked in a way another car can’t depart.
It usually occurs in three ways; on the street and in garages that have attendees and in parking lots having more than one parking space.
Double parking on the street is found to be illegal and it is seen as a violation of the road rules and regulation.
The other scenario occurs in parking garages where valets have keys to the cars and have the right to both keys to allow moving one car to allow the other to move out. In parking lots with more than one parking space, the cars are parked back to back but each car has its exit.

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