When you have to take an airplane to your business or vacation destination, you have three choices on how to get to the airport because most people do not live close enough to walk there. Your choices are taking a taxi, asking someone to take you there, or driving yourself. The most logical and easiest way would be to drive yourself to the airport. Most people are hesitant to leave their car in the airport parking lot while they are gone. They are afraid it will be stolen or vandalized. You also need to decide which type of parking you want to use.
In most airports, they have teams of security whose job is to protect the parking lots. In addition, there are security and airport police forces to protect the property, which includes the cars travelers have parked there, In spite of all the security, there is a chance that your car could be vandalized To protect your car, park away from other cars to prevent dings and dents. Remove all valuables before leaving home if possible. This would include any papers with your name on it. If your car is there, there is a possibility your home is vacant and burglars will check it out. Make sure all your windows are up and the doors are locked before you head to the airport to check in. Get something to secure the steering wheel so it cannot be turned, and put your emergency brake on to prevent a phony towing company would try to take your car to a chop shop.
Short-term parking is for visits of nine hours or less. This would include someone who is waiting to pick someone up or taking someone there. Rates vary from airport to airport. Most start at $5.00 an hour but will give a discount if you are going to be there the whole nine hours. These parking lots are close to the terminals.
Long-term parking is for anything over nine hours. The rates will be different at each airport but they charge daily instead of hourly. Some have straight rates, some offer a free night after your car has been there six days, and some charge a daily rate for the first day, then so much for each eight-hour period thereafter. It insures you have a parking spot, it is advisable to make a reservation.
Valet parking is designed to provide maximum service at a reasonable cost. You do not have to worry about finding a parking space because they will park your car, and then retrieve it when you return. While you are gone, your keys are kept secure with your name on the envelope they use. Make sure that you just leave your car keys.