Monday, August 31, 2015

How's Your Parking Lot Etiquette?

·         You know what they say. Our true character is what we do when we think no one is looking ... in the parking lot... Ever been in a hurry to get into a store to pick up a few things and forget common etiquette? It is regrettable that in our hurried lifestyles, common etiquette is seldom observed.
     Next time you're thinking about behaving badly in the parking lot, remember  that you have the opportunity to make or break someone's day based upon your parking lot etiquette. The following are a few ways to make this happen:
·         Save the closer spots for the elderly or people with small children. Even if you got to the spot first, let in someone who you think may have more difficulty than you at getting in.
·         If you're going into a store, get a cart from the lot instead of waiting to get one inside the store. Even if they're a little wet and cold, they're just as good as the carts in the store.
·         If you choose to park next to a curb, hug it so that the person that parks on the other side of you has more room.
·         Consider reverse parking. It is easier to see and to be seen whilst reversing into a space than when reversing out, and safer to drive out of a parking bay than to reverse. Always check for signs about reverse parking. Many parking lots do not allow reverse parking. It takes longer to reverse park than to reverse out of a spot, and a busy lot can quickly get congested.
·         Choose a parking space farther away from the building. Fewer people want to park in a more distant space, so there is much less hassle, and it is safer. Plus, you get a little bit of extra exercise by walking.
·         Reserve disabled spots for disabled users. Cars without a handicap tag are not allowed to park in disabled spots. The appropriate placard must be used, and used properly. If the person the placard is issued to is either not in the car or not getting out of the car, the parking space cannot be used. This would take away a spot from those who truly need it. Violations of these parking standards can result in heavy fines.
·         Push an abandoned shopping cart back to the store or to a cart corral if you pass one as you walk to the business through the parking lot.
  Car-Lotta Credit and Car Sales suggests taking the extra step-  Take the time to  give someone a compliment today as you walk through a parking lot. 

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