18 January 2008

Do You Know How to Park?

Imagine, if you will, a common parking spot. Envision yourself pulling your car into that spot and parking perfectly between those yellow or white lines, as we all know you can.

Now you step out of the car. Look around and notice, how much space is there between you and the car next to you? [pause]

How many inches do you think it would be? Maybe 18" or 24"? That's probably your average. Typical parking spaces measure between 8' and 8.5', leaving about a foot and a half to two between parked cars. People can generally (except for a few 'special' individuals) handle those standards. We've parked under such specifications for many years, we should do it on an instinctual level such as fitting food in our mouths.

Snow, the
refore, must be some form of psychotropic substance.

Have you ever noticed when it snows that suddenly 8 out of ten people couldn't park straight or with reasonable distances to save their lives? What's the change? A little white stuff? I hate to be cynical, but I have created an artist's rendition of what I believe parking lots look like when it snows. As a people we probably lose half the spots in the lot because someone has over estimated their distance, missed the middle line, or otherwise botched up the simple grid that I would hope they could imagine in their mind. It really is amazing.

I know that while driving in inclement weather, your following distance should double or triple, but while parking the same rule does not apply. I would call all citizens of the free world to maintain their parking distances, rain, shine or snow. Sure it may be a good excuse to leave an extra five feet between you and the next car, but think of the people who are running late. Where will they park?

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