The rules of the parking lot are pretty basic and give way to common sense mentality, even if they aren’t written in any handbook.
Don’t Be a Space Invader
Some drivers take up more than one space intentionally to protect their precious vehicle, others are just bad parkers. If you’re from the first camp and worried about dings, move on back. Park in the hinterlands of the lot, protect your car, get some exercise and let the rest of us park up front.
It’s not about giving up your space to a Ferrari or a Maserati—it’s about not parking in the dedicated disabled, family, and expectant mother/parent spaces usually located near the front of the parking lot. These spaces are put in place to help serve those who may have precious cargo and a full set of hands. Leaving marked stalls for senior citizens with mobility issues, as well as tiny people and their parents have to traverse less busy parking lot, eliminating a potential for accident or injury.
Return Your Cart
Some people leave shopping carts on the curb to prevent it from rolling but doing this creates less room for people to evenly park or drive into the adjacent parking spots around where you left that cart. Get those extra steps on that pedometer and walk that cart to the cart corral.
Follow the Lines
We get it, not everyone can park evenly on the first time but everyone can take the time to correct it. People tend to follow others angle, so set the example and you will find that when you CAUTIOUSLY open your door that there is usually the right about of room. If you park so close to someone that your door—or theirs—can’t easily open enough for a reasonably-sized human to get in or out you’re contributing to the rising epidemic of door dings. Do not hide your car by pulling in too far You know the feeling of driving through a full parking lot, and the relief of finally finding a spot, only to discover there’s a tiny car or motorcycle parked there right as you’re about to pull in. Stop early, so that drivers can see the rear of your vehicle.
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