Icy roads and heavy snow don’t bode well for a relaxing driving experience, and trying to park in the Minneapolis area this time of year can be the deciding factor for some people. If they have to plan to find parking, that could be enough of a reason not to come!

That’s why, whether you’re hosting a corporate gala or a wedding, there’s no better time to hire a valet company to take your event to the next level. Negotiating winter roads is hard enough; Don’t make your guests find parking too.

Our team at Unparalleled Parking is happy to step in and get behind the wheel to drive your event to success! Our valet services offer more than you might think, as we also offer transportation and valet lockout services, among other benefits. You can even partner with our security company if your event calls for it!

Utilizing a valet is always a great choice and each season will have different challenges. It’s important for valet customers to be prepared for the unique hassles that Minnesota winters bring. Safety first!

Let’s discuss how to make sure your valet parking experience goes as smoothly as it can, no matter how wintery the weather gets.

Be Proactive & Prepared

Nine times out of ten, winter weather is only hazardous if drivers are not prepared. Though we’ll always take care of parking your car, it’s necessary that both you and your car have the proper equipment to ensure the safety of all parties involved in the process.

Keep Your Windshield Clear

If you’ve experienced even a single winter here, you know that Minnesota can ice up a window in an hour flat (sometimes even quicker). Our drivers are skilled at de-icing cars, but it’s helpful to have an ice scraper or similar equipment readily available in your vehicle for ease of access.

Wear Grippy Shoes

Of course, our drivers are always well-equipped with proper footwear, but the high-heels that are frequently worn to formal events can get slippery on the ice.

If the event you’re attending or throwing requires formal shoes, make sure they have slip-proof bottoms, and don’t forget to practice walking in them at home!

Ensure Proper Antifreeze Levels

If your car won’t start or your fuel freezes (as can happen with diesel engines), it becomes quite impossible to park it. We ask, for both your safety and ours, that your car be in working order when it comes to winter safety equipment. Weather is harsh here, so it never hurts to double check.

Stay Out of the Valet Area

During the winter season especially, it’s important to leave the valet area quickly for safety reasons. Our drivers are thoroughly trained, but in the interests of safety we may operate slower than usual in icy conditions. Promptly leaving the valet area ensures that things run as quickly as possible.

Get a Pre-Winter Inspection

Your vehicle's mechanical and electrical components need to be in good working order, especially when navigating the roads in winter conditions. Even one worn-out part could cause damage to other components in the vehicle, so scheduling a pre-winter inspection can help reduce the risk.

A certified mechanic will inspect various areas, including the battery, liquids, brakes, alternator, the heating and defrost system. While these are just a few primary parts to consider, the technician will help ensure your vehicle is road ready and safe for you and the valet driver.

Ensure All Your Lights are Working Correctly

The lights help to see in the dark and let other drivers know your vehicle is in the vicinity. With the dark hours of winter, not having correctly functioning lights can be a liability to you and any valet that gets behind the wheel.

Ensuring your turn signals, backup, brakes, headlights, taillights, and emergency flashers are all functional means a safer driving experience and less risk of an accident.

Why Choose the Experts at Unparalleled Parking?

Unparalleled Parking has been a trusted source for over a decade, and for a good reason. Our high standards have given us an excellent reputation for providing exceptional services even in the cold Minnesota winters. We only hire individuals willing to maintain exceptional standards and use extra precautions and care on the snow and ice.

And it is no secret that roads and parking lots can be slippery in the winter months, so we offer peace of mind because we are fully insured and prepared to address the situation. This means we will handle any claims quickly and get your vehicle back to the same condition when it was dropped off, so you never have to worry.

Questions? Contact Unparalleled Parking Today

We’re a Twin Cities valet company with years of experience operating in Minnesota weather. To find out more about our valet and limo services or to reserve a date, call us at 651-300-1515. You can also send a message to info@yourvaletguys.com.