Sometimes a parking lot can be filled with stress and craziness. Although the ultimate goal is to get in and get out, we all have had our unique encounters of mad drivers and rude parkers. Despite the fact that traffic signs and common courtesy should already be considered, there are still poor habits we can all work on. Here are five common ways to be respectful when parking in any parking lot.
How to Park Your Car with Common Courtesy
1. Spacing is key
Giving other cars around you adequate space is fair game and common etiquette. Whether you’re driving around the lot or parking into a stall, give people their space to drive and comfortably open and close their car doors. This also includes avoiding blocking others trunks or tailgates.
2. Use turn signals
We’ve all been in busy parking lots where stalls are limited. If and when you do find an available space and waiting for it, use your signal to other cars that you’re claiming that exact spot. On the other hand, you would want to give respect to other drivers by waiting your turn for a spot or waiting for a car to pull into their stall.
3. Park respectfully
There’s a lot of factors to consider when it comes to parking respectfully. For one, park in your designated stall. This includes compact, handicapped, and electric-charging stalls that’s available for certain cars for a reason. You also should not be taking multiple spaces. Take the time to park your car evenly between the space lines and if your vehicle really does need more room, park further in the lot where not much cars are present.
4. Yield slowly
Safety is key when dealing with parking lots. Not only are you dealing with other cars, but keep in mind there are lots of pedestrians walking to and from their car. Gradually pull out of your stall and slowly proceed out.
5. Obey traffic signs
Just because you’re not driving on a main roadway doesn’t mean the road rules apply. You still want to obey speed limits, stop signs, and yielding areas.