Driving 101: Parking (Scratch-n-Dent Begins Here)


Parking lots.  One of the top anxious moments for a driver is to park in a parking lots.  Parking slots are either too small or drivers fail to park in them properly.

Earlier this week, my wife parked at Marathon Village where they have unlined parking but concrete headers to have some order in parking.  Some jerk face decided he was going to park so close to her that he barely had any room to open his door.  Why he didn’t park elsewhere is a mystery since there were many other spots available.   He looked at her then proceeded to get out of his vehicle and hits the passenger door of our car.  No response.  No “I’m Sorry”.  Nothing.

What is wrong with people?

Okay, back to parking.

The most common types of parking are:

  • Angle parking
  • Perpendicular Parking
  • Parallel Parking


Angle Parking is where vehicles are designated to go ONE way.  I put “one” in all caps because so many drivers ignore the designated direction.  How many times have you played “chicken” in the Publix or Walmart parking lot with other drivers driving in the wrong direction?


Perpendicular Parking is similar to angle parking but is done in spaces marked in a 90-degree angle to the curb or building.


Parallel Parking (yes, the hairs on the back of my neck stand up too) is generally used next to a curb in the space between two parked cars.  It requires practice to master this maneuver.

When parking in any slot, center you vehicle in the middle of the space and turn your tires to face forward.  Re-adjust if necessary so that there is the same amount of space on both sides.  When you open your door, be mindful of your surroundings and make the effort to keep your car or yourself or your belongings from hitting the vehicle next to you.  It’s only common courtesy people!

For parking lots without lined slots, park a safe distance from the vehicles next to you.  If the slot is too small, do not try to squeeze in.  And, if there are other slots, park somewhere else!   Not rocket science here.

For further instructions on how to park your vehicle go to:  http://www.wikihow.com/Park-a-Car.









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