Whoever I am riding with usually ends up taking issue to this. "Why don't you park closer." I look at it like this, I hate wasting time looking for a parking spot close to the venue. I know if I drive CLOSER, I will probably be sitting behind folkswaiting to get into various spots. So I just park in one of the first few spots I see. Easy. I don't see a difference in walking 123 steps vs 65 steps tothe front door of the store/mall/ etc........ Plus my father told me to never park close to the venue just in case it blows up my car won't get damaged.