You know you parked somewhere near A5… or was it D5?… And maybe there was a blue Taurus next to you? Here’s a better solution for finding your car in a crowded mall parking lot.
What do I need? An iPhone or Android, fully loaded with the Google Maps app.
What do I do? The next time you nab a parking spot--before you get out of the car--open up Google Maps and tap the “locate” button (the one that looks like a compass). Tap it twice to zero in on your exact location. Next, tap and hold the screen right next to the blinking blue dot to drop a pin where your car is parked.
Then what? Go about your business, eat, shop, explore the mall. When you’re ready to leave, simply re-open the app, zoom out until you find your pin, then walk toward it (you can use the tiny arrow on the blinking blue dot to orient yourself).