I do the same plus:
I try to find spots that have a concrete barrier next to it, so one side is protected. And park as close as possible.
I park usually about 1.5 miles away from any mall to avoid having to park next to other cars, which usually works out because by the time you try to find a closer spot, you could have walked from your far away spot to the mall.
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