Auburn, Ala. (EETV) - Parking, it is a constant issue on college campuses across the country. Auburn is no different. The secret to conquering the lot and avoiding a “parking award” from parking service is knowing your zone and planning ahead.

Tip #1: Know your zone

This is the most basic thing you can do. Parking in an incorrect zone will almost certainly ensure a visit from the parking services truck. Don't worry, you won't get towed on your first offense but if tickets build up, you will most definitely spend 45 minutes searching campus for a car that is no longer there.

Tip #2: Plan Ahead

There is nothing worse than showing up to class late on the first day (there really are but you can figure those out on your own). The best way to ensure a timely arrival to class is to plan ahead. Find your class location before it begins. Once you know where your classes are, find the closest lot that you are zoned for. If you are in C zone, find the closest lot on this side of eternity (we joke).   

Tip #3: Know the secrets

Secret parking lots are not an Auburn legend, they really exist (kind of). The best way to ensure you always have a spot is to use the lesser known, sometimes closer lots. 

If you park in C zone, try using this lot off of Lem Morrison Drive. You can usually find a free space somewhere in the lot and an added perk, the entire walk to class is in the shade. 

Tip #4: Don't Drive

This is obvious - if you don't drive, you won't get a ticket. Auburn has several ways to navigate campus without using a car. 

War Eagle Bike Share is a free and easy way to get from class to class. All you need is a phone and the gotcha bike app

Feeling hungry? Instead of getting in the car, use the War Eagle Express. The Express is new this semester and will provide free rides to students on-campus at the locations listed below. All you have to do is jump in and catch a ride to an on-campus dining venue or to a personal vehicle parked in one of the RO lots! For more info on when the Express runs, click here

Tip #5: Tweet

If you have a question about parking, tweet @AU_parking. They will always respond and try to help. Remember to be nice to Parking Services, if not you might end up on the next episode of "Mean Tweets."