I’ve noticed over the last few months that good manners in public car parks is on the decline and before you say it, it’s nothing to do with the Christmas rush. I’m not sure if it’s only in the area’s where I park, or not? Almost every time I park in car parking areas, there are incidences of aggression or drivers/pedestrians being inconsiderate of others in the car park. Basic common courtesy seems to have gone by the wayside, along with patience and respectfulness. It was only a few months ago in our local supermarket car park that the side of my car was reversed into by an elderly gentleman, who did not bother to use his rear vision mirror before backing out. I was in the line of moving traffic going around the car park and stopped to let an elderly lady vacate her car park. There was not much room for her to reverse out, so I hung back and gave her lots of room. This is when the gentleman reversed into the side of my car. When I tried to discuss what had happened, he became aggressive and tried to blame me for being blocking his exit. In the end the only way to settle the dispute was to suggest that I call the police and they could decide who was at fault. Before I could get my phone from the car, he had written down his details and accepted full responsibility. I’ve lost count of the number of times that I’ve had to access the car from the passenger seat and climb across into the drivers seat to vacate the car space. Then there’s the times that I’ve been blocked in and had to wait for a person to return so that I could leave. On one instance it was so long that I ended up phoning the council parking authority, who sent a tow truck to my rescue.
The most offensive behaviours are:
- Poaching someone else’s car park.
- Parking too close to another car in a parallel parking space, which blocks them in.
- Parking to close to another car and preventing them from accessing their car.
- Parking in such a way that you take up more than one parking space.
- Blocking another car into their parking space, by parking your car on an angle instead of straight in.
- Not indicating that you are waiting for a car space to become vacant.
- Behaving aggressively while you are waiting for someone to vacate a parking space that you want.
- Stalking someone as they enter the carpark on foot, in the hope of getting their parking space.
- Don’t sit with your reversing lights on & then faff around while someone is waiting to take your parking space.
- Blocking the parking isles, in the hope of a parking space becoming vacant.
- Slowly wandering back to your car, preventing cars from driving along the isles.
- Leaving your shopping trolley in a parking space.
- Parking in a disability/parent parking space, when you are not authorised to do so.
- Holding up street traffic for lengthy periods, while you try and squeeze your car into a space that is too small.
- Damaging someone else’s car and driving off without leaving your contact details.
The right thing to do is:
Consider others using the parking area, and treat people how you would like to be treated.
A little patience, will save you time in the long run.
What does the way you behave in a carpark, say about you?