Dear Heloise: When I park in a parking garage and plan to leave at night, I try to park as close to the exit as possible, not next to a van, if possible (you never know who could jump out of the van, although this is a long shot), and not in front of a pillar.

These moves make for an easier exit at night when I’m by myself.

— Helen T. in Texas

Where to write: Send your tips and tricks to: Heloise, P.O. Box 795001, San Antonio, TX 78279-5000; or email