Snow and ice make everything hard. Especially everything related to automobiles. Cars and winter just don’t seem to mix. Driving, braking, and every little vehicular maneuver can feel like an Olympic challenge.
Parking is especially hard. Parking is always tricky, but winter weather can make it nearly impossible. There aren’t enough spots, the lines are hard to see, other motorists have inevitably parked themselves across multiple spaces, and vehicles are slipping and sliding around like penguins. When you’re looking for a place to park your car this winter, think about the following ways in which you can get a good spot.
Look For More Space Than Usual
When the weather is good, any spot will do, so long as you’re able to squeeze your vehicle into it. A tight fit on a sunny summer afternoon may be a little irritating, but it won’t do much damage.
Not so in winter. A small spot when it’s snowing out can be a big problem. Cars slip about easily and unpredictably in the snow, and “just big enough” could instantly change to too small and extensive vehicle damage.
When parking in the winter, leave more room between cars. This will allow for small errors and protection from big headaches.
Park in the Direction in Which You’ll Be Driving
You’ll have an easier time getting back into traffic if you park facing the direction in which you’ll be travelling. Don’t get stuck trying to make a slow, awkward u-turn in the middle of a busy street. Time-consuming maneuvers increase the likelihood that you’ll cause other cars to swerve or slam on the brakes, leading to an accident involving you or your fellow motorists.
Park Under Something
When you park under an overpass or thick tree covering, the snow won’t be able to cover your vehicle or the ground surrounding it. When you’re covered, you’ve got a small space that’s protected from the hazards of winter (save for the cold, of course). This will decrease the likelihood of slides, accidents, and other disasters.
Park Near a Well-Cleared Sidewalk
The danger doesn’t necessarily end when you step out of your car. When you’re parking, look for cleared off spots. Thick layers of even the fluffiest snow can mask incredible slick ice spots, leaving you vulnerable to hard falls and personal injury.
Park Close to Your Destination
This may seem obvious, but it gets ignored often. Park close to your destination. This will lead to shorter walks and fewer falls. It will also make things more pleasant for you. The cold itself is a hazard too, remember. By keeping yourself away from the biting wind, you’ll spare some risk of hypothermia.
When You Get Out, Walk Slowly
Even walking is hard when the winter arrives. Make sure that once you get out of your vehicle, you step carefully and slowly. Walking quickly is not that different from driving quickly. Stay at a reasonable speed. This will help prevent you from falling and hurting yourself.
It is important to remember these helpful practices in order to maintain the well-being of yourself and commuters around you while you acknowledge the risks involved with driving through winter weather.
New York, one of the world’s greatest cultural hubs, has what seems to be an unlimited number of art exhibits. This week we’ve narrowed the list down to 3 exhibits we think would be perfect for people of any age. Escape the cold with these up-close and interactive pieces, all exclusively found in your city!
- “Submerged” (12/5-12/31) – The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum’s latest exhibit encourages you to explore the 40 ft. long Growler, the only strategic missile submarine in the U.S currently open to the public. Play sailor for the day and investigate everything from the engine room to the bunks.
- “The Butterfly Conservatory: Tropical Butterflies Alive in Winter” (Until 12/31) – Experience spring again at one of the American Museum of Natural History’s most popular exhibits. Walk among 500 free-flying butterflies from Africa, Asia, South, Central and North America.
- “Star Wars and the Power of Costume: The Exhibition” (Until 2/29) – With the latest Star Wars movie coming out, you won’t want to miss this Discovery Times Square exhibit, which houses more than 70 preserved original costumes from the first two trilogies, as well as 7 pieces from The Force Awakens. Embrace your inner jedi as you look directly into Darth Vader’s Helmet.
What better way to spend a chilly day than interacting with some of New York’s most exciting and unique exhibits? Make a day of it and invite your friends to join!
There’s a special list near and dear to everyone’s heart of pet peeves that make them scream. Among our list: pebbles in the shoe while sprinting to the train, people screaming in our ears at a concert, and a lack of access to very important information. This post will help you with the latter. Chicago’s winter overnight parking ban starts today and lasts through March 2016, and we’ve compiled all the info you need to keep your car out of the pound.
OVERNIGHT PARKING BAN ROUTES
December 1, 2015 to April 1, 2016, 3 a.m. – 7 a.m.
|MADISON AVE||CANAL STREET||DES PLAINES AVE.|
|STATE STREET||600 SOUTH||2200 SOUTH|
|CERMAK ROAD||STATE STREET||M L KING DRIVE|
|MLK DRIVE||2600 SOUTH||5500 SOUTH|
|MIDWAY PLAISANCE||COTTAGE GROVE||DORCHESTER|
|COTTAGE GROVE||MIDWAY PLAISANCE||103RD STREET|
|TORRENCE AVE.||106TH STREET||103RD STREET|
|106TH STREET||TORRENCE AVE.||STATE LINE ROAD|
|ARCHER AVE.||STATE STREET||HARLEM AVE.|
|KEDZIE AVE.||JACKSON BLVD.||8700 SOUTH|
|79TH STREET||CICERO AVE.||SOUTH SHORE DRIVE|
|103RD STREET||PULASKI RD.||TORRENCE AVE.|
|MILWAUKEE AVE||CENTRAL AVE.||400 NORTH|
|KEDZIE AVE||MONTROSE AVE.||IRVING PARK RD.|
|DEVON AVE.||BROADWAY||CLARK STREET|
|CLARK STREET||DEVON AVE.||HOWARD STREET|
|FOSTER AVE.||ASHLAND AVE.||CLARK STREET|
|FOSTER AVE.||ASHLAND AVE.||5430 WEST|
|CENTRAL AVE||BRYN MAWR AVE.||FULLERTON AVE.|
|DIVISION STREET||LA SALLE STREET||AUSTIN AVE.|
|MADISON AVE.||AUSTIN AVE.||HALSTED STREET|
|CENTRAL AVE.||EISENHOWER EXPWY||FULLERTON AVE.|
Lastly, here are some important notes from DSS:
“In addition to posted signs, crews from Streets and Sanitation have begun posting flyers on cars parked on restricted streets as an additional reminder to motorists.“
“Violators will face a minimum $150 towing fee, a $60 ticket and a storage fee of $20 per day. Vehicles in violation of the ban will be towed to Pounds 2 (10301 S. Doty Ave) or 6 (701 N. Sacramento).“
Courtesy of the Chicago Department of Streets & Sanitation
In my previous post, I discussed the landscape that’s driving the future of the connected car, but now, let’s take a look at three of its growth areas:
1. Smart Parking. There’s nothing like the stress of parking, especially trying to find a convenient spot. There are a finite number of parking spaces for a seemingly infinite number of cars, and cities across the country struggle to meet the demand. In extreme cases, spots can even go for the price of a house. More commonly, people must invest large amounts of time in their commutes to find a spot and bundles of money from their budgets. Parking apps have emerged to provide an easier, cheaper and more efficient solution to the parking problem. Drawing from the Uber-inspired on-demand market, these apps provide consumers with local garage availability, as well as the opportunity to book and pay a lower rate for a space in advance. As a successful smartphone app, it’s easy to see the draw of an integrated parking reservation and payment system included in connected cars. For the first time ever, people could monitor and secure parking spaces on their front dashboard as easily as they browse music listings. There’s no saying that parking can’t be integrated seamlessly into the driving experience, creating a frictionless experience for people, just as other technology such as radio and air conditioning have been in past eras.
2. Vehicle-to-vehicle Connectivity. While the connected car itself offers great promise, there’s further opportunity to connect vehicles to one another. Waze has been successful at monitoring traffic and advising drivers of the least-congested routes, but cars with networks for short-range communications can interact with other nearby cars to gather such information as speed and potential hazards, creating a network of safer, easier driving. By sending notifications of black ice or warning drivers of an upcoming accident, the connected car could actually prepare you for what’s ahead on the road. AT&T and Audi are already collaborating on the integrated navigation, Internet database and Wi-Fi system. We may see soon enough that the future of the connected car in fact involves a networked web of numerous connected cars in the vicinity.
3. Car-status Monitoring. In an effort to provide more efficient and safe ways to drive, devices are being created to help drivers monitor their car. Tools such as the Automatic, the Mojio and the Zubie collect data to inform people the most fuel-efficient ways to press the pedal, the car’s location and more. The data collected acts as a “Fitbit for your car.” The connected car is also a way to ensure the safety of drivers, particularly teens who live in a world of multitasking. The car could provide information about where the driver is, how fast he or she is going or automatically call for help in an accident.
While it has yet to completely catch on with the general public, the prospect of new technology outfitting the connected car offers endless promise. With in-car assistance informing the driver about affordable parking availability, local traffic and hazard information and convenient engine diagnostics and car status updates, it’s clear that the connected car will one day soon be an inseparable part of the driving experience.
Everyone has a Thanksgiving morning tradition. Whether it is cleaning, cooking, or sleeping, there is something that makes us all excited for the holiday. I, as most New Yorkers, get up early every Thanksgiving Day morning to get ready for the Thanksgiving Day parade. The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade is a tradition started in 1924 that celebrates the holiday with floats, balloons, marching bands, clowns, and live performances. This year’s musical acts range from Train, Trey Songz, and Shawn Mendes to many more! It is the perfect family event to get your day started.
The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade will start at 9 AM at 77th Street & Central Park West and end at 34th Street and 7th Avenue around 12 PM. As you can imagine this event will be hectic so we recommend planning ahead as much as possible.
Now that you’re going, you’re probably wondering where to watch. Here are the best 3 places to watch the parade from:
- The Shops at Columbus Circle mall in the Time Warner Center has the best viewing space from its 2nd and 3rd floors. The mall itself opens at 9 am so get there early and grab a cup of coffee as you enjoy the parade.
- The parade will be on Sixth Avenue for about 21 blocks. It gives you ample time to find the perfect space for you and your friends.
- If for some reason you can’t make it to the parade, then I suggest watching it from home. It will be broadcasted on NBC. Trust me, you don’t want to miss the animated balloons!
This is the first of two posts about the future of the connected car. The full piece originally appeared on WardsAuto.
The rise of Internet availability, data and connectivity over the past decade-plus have caused a fundamental shift in the way we use technology to interact with our surroundings. Connected homes, fitness devices, TVs, watches, taxi services and even medical devices have emerged as a result of exponential smartphone innovation and widespread use.
It would have seemed only natural—inevitable, in fact—that a connected car would rise to better assist users and more seamlessly integrate the world around the driver into the car. In fact, GSMA predicts that every car will be connected by 2025. In order for this to be fully realized, the interaction between technology and driver has to be frictionless, maximizing safety, while also assisting driving. The interface has to be so carefully thought through and tested in order for car manufacturers to get it just right.
As it stands now, the driver-technology interaction dynamic is something that’s up for solving. Recent reports found that drivers aren’t using a majority of the technology built into cars: 20 percent of new-vehicle owners have never used 16 of the 33 technology features measured, 38 percent have never used mobile routers and 32 percent have never used the built-in apps. There’s potential for the connected car to evolve and grow to not only better assist the driving experience, but ensure safety as well. While some aspects such as Google Glass for your car may be superfluous, there are real areas where in-car connectivity can help drivers everywhere.
In my next post, I’ll detail three growth areas for the connected car. In the meantime, what are your thoughts about the connected car? Tweet them to me @theaashishdalal or leave a comment.
This is the third post in a series about making the leap from entrepreneur to CEO. The full piece originally appeared on Inc.
When you build your own business, eventually you learn that you can’t control every single piece of it. If you want your company to thrive, you have to learn to let go. In the last post of this series, I talked about how to know when to hire and start paying yourself, as well as the importance of working with smaller players at the advent of growth. Here are two more important lessons I’ve learned transitioning to ParkWhiz CEO:
- When to focus on long-term planning. There came a point when I needed to delegate day-to-day tasks in order to focus on scaling the business. As CEO, I needed to step back, develop the strategic roadmap for the company and identify new opportunities that would enable the business to grow toward its goals. This is a pivotal mind shift for any entrepreneur. In 2007, the company was a hardware-sensor-based one, and I was trying to pivot it into the business that it is today. After investing endless hours and years into the business, I got caught up in the tactical day-to-day grind. When I finally looked up, I realized the vision I set out to achieve was unlikely to be realized, and I knew we had to make a difficult choice to push on or pivot. While my heart was in the former business, my brain told me we needed to shift hard to the model we are today. That was a difficult moment for me to reconcile, but knew it had to be done.
- Look for support outside your company, through your family. This was the most important lesson for me. I was fortunate enough to have a supportive wife who allowed me to follow my dream – it also helped that she was a lawyer and CPA and could offer pro-bono guidance. Young entrepreneurs should have serious conversations with their families about what their commitment will be. Even if their spouse, parents, siblings or friends don’t formally have a position at your company, their support could mean the difference between building a thriving business – or letting a dream fall by the wayside.
Jumping to CEO has been one of the most rewarding experiences, allowing me to push business further than I could ever imagine. However, just remember to let go – it may be difficult at first, but it helps reveal the full potential that any company has in its industry.
In my first post, I talked about how letting go was one of the most difficult things to do as I transitioned from a startup founder with my hands on every piece of the business to CEO of a growing company. Here are two additional lessons I’ve learned:
- When to pay yourself and bring on staff. I waited four-and-a-half years to give myself a salary. During that time, I worked long hours from home building the company, doing everything from administrative work, sales, marketing and more. In addition to figuring out when it was appropriate to pay myself, I was hesitant about bringing on staff, knowing no matter how exceptional a candidate was, they would never have the same stake in the business as I did. But hiring new talent was imperative, and the natural next step in the company. To that end, entrepreneurs must learn to set expectations with their first employees and be realistic with what they can offer in the early years of the business.
- Don’t ignore the little guys. After launching the company, I started working with smaller parking operators, educating them on the product and explaining how it would make operators money. Once this sector of the market understood the product and saw the benefits, I felt comfortable approaching the mid-sized and larger players. This approach can help build the successful foundation of any venture and gives the necessary “wins” to tackle those higher-level goals.
Stay tuned for the final post in the series, where I reveal two additional insights gained as I’ve grown ParkWhiz.
This is the first post in a series about making the leap from entrepreneur to CEO. The full piece originally appeared on Inc.
My biggest challenge was letting go.
When I launched ParkWhiz in 2006, I was used to completing tasks on my own and doing things a certain way, from reporting financials to servicing accounts. As the business began to scale and we brought on employees, I quickly realized I had to let go of the notion that everything would be done exactly the way I wanted it, every time. Not only was that inefficient, but it was demoralizing to employees if I couldn’t trust and empower them to find their way.
So I made a vow to let go of the tasks I once owned and began mastering delegation while maintaining the high standards I had set. And, yes, I even slept better at night knowing the burden was no longer fully mine to own and execute.
Transitioning from entrepreneur to CEO is a difficult shift. After all, conceiving a company is in an entrepreneur’s blood, and not all feel comfortable leaving behind the excitement of launching a company of their own to take on a role that involves more red tape and general process. While many technology startup founders can grow bored after their business goes from dream to reality, I stayed on and continued leading as CEO, but if an entrepreneur can’t let go, the business won’t grow.
Aside from letting go, there were four key lessons I learned on the path from entrepreneur to CEO. Stay tuned for two following blog posts discussing this critical insight for aspiring CEOs. In the meantime, what are difficult lessons you’ve learned during your career? Tweet them to me @theaashishdalal or leave a comment below.