The 5 Latest Innovative Technological Advances in Today’s Vehicles

Vehicles sure have changed over the years. These days, vehicles do not just drive you from point A to point B. They have all kinds of innovative features to make your trips safer and more fun, and All About Parking’s valets stay on top of these technological advancements. Check out some of the coolest technological advancements that have happened in recent years.

1. Driving Modes

Driving modes have changed the way people drive their vehicles. Now, people can switch from normal, eco, sport, sport plus, individual, and track with the push of a button. The driving modes alter the suspension and steering ratio in the vehicle and even change the engine’s performance.

Even electric vehicles have modes that people can use to switch from electric power to hybrid. If you find yourself having to use hybrid when you prefer the all-electric mode, just hand your vehicle off to one of All About Parking’s EV Charging Valets. The attendant will ensure your vehicle gets the juice it needs while you’re out and about.

2. Adaptive Cruise Control

When cruise control first hit the market, people were excited. They loved to set it and forget about it, but quickly realized standard cruise control requires monitoring. People had to change the settings to speed up and slow down, so it was not nearly as convenient as they initially expected.

That changed with adaptive cruise control. This system uses a radar or camera system to track the vehicles that are located ahead of the car. Then, the system adjusts the speed as needed. Advanced systems can even bring the vehicle to a complete stop. This system reduces driver fatigue and makes it so much more fun to drive.

3. Connected Mobile Apps

It seems like your smartphone can do anything and everything. It can check the weather, send you directions, and connect you with friends and family members. You might not realize your smartphone can also be integrated into your vehicle. Many vehicles now offer connected mobile apps. These apps can allow you to lock and unlock your doors remotely, monitor your fuel and tire pressure, and so much more. Then, of course, you can also enjoy basic features such as calling and listening to music with the help of your mobile phone.

4. Exit Warning to Protect Cyclists

Have you ever swung your car door open, only to end up hitting a cyclist? This is more common than you might think, and vehicle manufacturers have taken note. Now, many offer exit warning systems to protect cyclists. The system monitors the area after the engine is shut off, and if a bicyclist approaches, a warning goes off. Some systems even prevent people from opening the doors if an object is approaching.

You can swing over without worrying about people opening their car doors and hitting your bike. This is great news for our All About Parking valet attendants who maneuver cars, pedestrians, and bicyclists in busy parking lots.

5. Automatic Emergency Braking

Automatic emergency braking just might be the best feature to come out in recent years. Vehicles use sensors to monitor the roadways. If an obstacle such as a pedestrian or vehicle jumps out in front of the car, the automatic braking system kicks in and prevents an accident. The system works faster than the human brain does, so it does an excellent job of preventing accidents.

What Will the Future Bring?

These innovative technological advancements have changed the way people think of vehicles. It also makes you wonder what the future will bring. It is impossible to tell, but one thing is for sure: All About Parking’s valets will always take the time to learn about the new advancements so they can safely park your vehicle.

The 5 Most Difficult Cars to Drive

Valet Parking

The valet industry encounters a variety of vehicles on a daily basis, and it is important that employees know how to drive them all. All About Parking’s valets must pass a driving test before training for their new position. Then, during training, the valets learn how to drive sports and luxury cars. That means when you hand the keys over to one of All About Parking’s valets, your vehicle will be in good hands, no matter how complex the driving experience is.

Speaking about difficult driving experiences, here are the vehicles that are the hardest to drive. Do not worry if you own one of these vehicles. Our team can get it into a spot safely and securely.

1. Dodge Challenger Hellcat

At 4,449 pounds, the Dodge Challenger Hellcat is like a yacht on the land. It is difficult for inexperienced drivers to maneuver this beast around tight corners, especially when they unleash this vehicle’s power. It produces 707 horsepower and can go from 0 to 60 in a mere 3.7 seconds. Those who do not know what they are doing can end up in a tight spot on the roadways.

2. Porsche Cayman

The Porsche Cayman is a gorgeous vehicle, but it is also difficult to drive. The vehicle has a tendency to turn dramatically and when that happens, it can be hard to get it back on track. Fortunately, seasoned valets know how to tame this beast and get it into a parking spot.

3. Cadillac CTS-V

The Cadillac CTS-V is not just a sleek and gorgeous machine. It is also full of power. The 6.2-liter V-8 engine can easily power you through straightaways and turns, but things can get dicey when you shut down the traction and stability controls. When that happens, the back tires might start spinning and you could end up in a ditch instead of on the roadway.

4. Lamborghini Countach

Many people dream of sliding behind the wheel of a Lamborghini, but those who own the Countach need to be careful. This vehicle has an ultra-low profile that makes it hard to see vehicles that are next to you and behind you. Also, the controls are heavy, so you need to pay extra attention to every action you take in this vehicle. Once you get used to it, though, you can expect an unrivaled driving experience.

5. TVR Sagaris

The TVR Sagaris is quite the showpiece, but you need to be careful when you are behind the wheel. This vehicle does not have electronic aids to keep you on the road, so your skills will be put to the test. Only drivers of the utmost skill, including the valets at All About Parking, should get behind the wheel of this gorgeous vehicle.

Driving Might Be Hard, but Parking Is Easy

While some vehicles are difficult to drive, parking should always be easy. All About Parking’s valets are trained to park even the most difficult of vehicles. Still, if you are concerned that your vehicle is too complex for others to operate, the valets can make accommodations so you can self-park. The valets do everything in their power to make parking easy, no matter how complex the vehicle.

Our Valets Say These Are the Top Running Shoes in the Industry

You likely think that the valets who work at All About Parking simply park vehicles, but there is a lot of legwork that goes into the job. Valets start their day by securing all the items they need for a hard day’s work, such as ticket slips, traffic cones, and key hooks. Then, once the lot opens, they get to work. During the rush, they run out to greet customers and quickly secure the vehicles in safe parking spaces. They do not have the luxury of walking back to the greeting area for the next customer. They have to run back and keep this process going all day long.

With so much running, valets know that a good pair of shoes is one of the keys to success. Check out the shoes that All About Parking’s valets prefer. You do not have to be a valet to love these comfortable shoes.

Brooks Ghost 11

Runners love Brooks Ghost 11 running shoes, but they are not just for people who want to get a personal best time on the race track. These shoes are a favorite of valets as well as others who need to do a lot of standing and running while at work.

So, what do our valets love about these shoes?

First, they are so lightweight that All About Parking’s valets can easily zip from customer to customer without any issues. Plus, these shoes have DNA midsole cushioning to keep our valet’s feet comfy during their shift. They feel as good at the end of the shift as they do at the beginning.

Nike Epic React Flyknit 2

All About Parking’s valets who want to make a stylish impression without sacrificing comfort love Nike Epic React Flyknit 2 running shoes. These shoes are also available for both men and women and come in fun and stylish colors.

Our valets praise these shoes because of the way they conform to their feet. The soft and supportive shoes stand up during even the most difficult of shifts and are the perfect accessory for running to the next customer or waiting for the next vehicle to arrive.

Under Armour HOVR Sonic 2

Some of our valets have had issues with sore feet in the past, but that changed when they switched to Under Armour HOVR Sonic 2 running shoes. These shoes are labeled as “zero gravity,” and our valets say they feel like they are floating on air when they wear them. The shoes essentially eliminate the impact the valets would normally feel when their feet hit the pavement. That means they can keep going all shift long without having sore feet.

Our valets also like the shoe’s micro-thread. This fast-drying thread is breathable, so they stay cool and fresh, even during the hottest of days.

Happy Feet Equal Happy Customers

All About Parking’s valets do not just wear the most comfortable running shoes to keep their feet happy. They wear them so our customers will be happy as well. These running shoes help our valets maintain their energy levels (and their smiles) all shift long. That means our customers receive the best service every time they use All About Parking.

An Extraordinary Case of an All About Parking Valet Going Above and Beyond for Their Customer

Everyone hopes they will rise to the occasion when an emergency strikes, but most people freeze. They want to help but do not know what to do, so they just stand there, hoping someone else will come to the rescue. That was not the case for All About Parking employee Hector R. Hector did what so many people wish they could do but can not. Staying calm, cool, and collected, Hector saved a woman who was choking during breakfast, proving that he is the person you want to have around in a time of crisis.

A True Hero

During a break from work, Hector went over to our client’s company cafe to enjoy some breakfast. As he was eating his meal, a woman who was sitting next to him started choking on her food. While others wondered what to do, Hector went right into action. He provided quick assistance and dislodged her food, saving her life.

The woman Hector saved was beyond grateful. She realized how lucky she was to have Hector there at the right time. His calm demeanor and quick action was just what she needed during her time of crisis.

Hector, on the other hand, did not think twice about it. He is a special type of person who sees it as his duty to help others. He has remained humble even as he has become a local hero.

The Picture of All About Parking’s Core Values

Hector exemplifies our company’s core values. We strive to serve exceptionally, care passionately, keep a positive attitude, learn from mistakes, express gratitude, welcome diversity, and lift others. These core values are not only important to employees while at work. Employees live and breathe these values, making All About Parking’s team stand out. Hector is a prime example of what living these values means. When people have these values, they strive to make the world a better place and to help others as often as they can.

The fact that Hector has these values is no accident. All About Parking hires employees who fit into the company culture. That way, the company always has the best team possible. Even so, it is so exciting to see these values at work in such a major way. Kudos to Hector!

The All About Parking Family

The All About Parking family could not be prouder of Hector. The Equipment, Facilities & Maintenance Department even made Hector a “Lifesaver” necklace to show their appreciation. The necklace is made of Lifesaver candy, and it is a fun way to thank Hector for what he as done and to recognize his achievement.

What Would You Do?

Most people do not know what they would do in a time of crisis, but you can mark Hector’s name off that list. He has proven himself as someone you want in a time of crisis. Thank you to Hector and all the other amazing members that make up the All About Parking team. A company is only as good as the team it employs, and our members are a cut above the rest. Some are even lifesavers!

Preparing for an Interview with All About Parking

valet customer servicePreparing for an interview can be an intimidating experience. The great news is that you’ve made it this far! You are one step closer to taking on your new role with All About Parking. So how do you make a positive impression and continue on this journey? Everyone is different. We may not have the exact answer but we do have some helpful tips for you to keep in mind when you’re getting ready for an interview with us.

Review Your Resume

Our goal at All About Parking is to provide all of our employees with ample opportunity for growth and success. We understand that our most in-demand positions, Valet Attendants and Customer Service Representatives, are great entry-level positions. As an applicant, your resume should be a one-page profile of your qualifications as they relate to your preferred position. Applying for an entry-level position, you may not have as much experience to add to your resume as you would like. Keep in mind that any volunteer experience or extracurricular activities are experiences that you can add to your resume! Our advice is to know your experiences well and to be prepared to answer any potential questions regarding how they align with the qualifications of your preferred position.

Know Why You Want to Work with All About Parking

We at All About Parking want qualified employees. We also want employees that care about what we do. All About Parking is more than just about parking cars. We are a customer service driven service. We care about each and every one of our employees and we want employees that care about the quality of our service. Our advice is to review our core values (you’ll find these here). If these values align with your personal values, we may be a match for you. Choose a few of our values that stand out to you and discuss them with your recruiter. This will not only show that you care but it will also let us know which of our values mean the most to you.

Be Professional

This may be easier said than done. What does “be professional” mean? In the eyes of All About Parking, being professional is all about preparation and punctuality. Come prepared and be on time. Being professionally prepared means that you should have the following in mind:

  • Bring a copy of your resume on resume paper for reference.
  • Bring a notepad and a pen for notes – potentially in a portfolio.
  • Groom appropriately. Wear something business appropriate. Remember, “dress for the job that you want.”
  • Have all of your materials, be dressed well, and show up on time.

It may sound like common sense to show up on time but how you respect your interview schedule will say a lot about your overall punctuality. Actions speak louder than words. For a successful interview, we suggest showing up 15 minutes before your scheduled start time. We care about your time, we are looking for employees who care about ours.

Smile! 

All About Parking’s motto is “specializing in first and lasting impressions.” We suggest that you are conscious of your body language during an interview with us. Be positive, smile, and make your first impression a lasting one.

Follow Up

Be proactive about your success. Send a follow up with All About Parking after your interview. Personalize your email and thank your recruiter for their time. Remember, you are not the only candidate. You need to differentiate yourself! Our best advice to gaining the attention of our recruiters is to follow these simple tips and carry yourself with integrity. We hope your interview experience with us goes well! We wish you the best of luck with your job search.

For more information about All About Parking and our open positions, visit our website at allaboutparking.com.