We all need to park our cars when we arrive at certain locations. This is fine at your own home or in your garage - nobody else is ever there; it's the perfect parking spot. However, we all must face other drivers when we venture out to public places... in the parking lot.
If you've ever been to a concert at the Comcast Center or have ever shopped at Derby Street in Hingham, you know what it's like when a parking lot is crowded. People fight for parking spots, sometimes cutting you off and leaving you thinking, "Well, that was rather rude." Or, when there's heavy traffic with leaving the parking lot, you can spend quite a bit of time trying to get out to the open road. (It took us 28 minutes to get out of the Ke$ha concert, most of that time was spent sitting and waiting. When we did move, it was typically only ten feet or so at a time).
Ok, so you need to go out and get something late at night. Maybe it's an ingredient for a recipe or some soap for your shower, but you park in the parking lot. Whenever you do that, park as close to the store as you can. Make sure you park underneath some lights too. If you're car is visible, then there's a smaller chance of a break-in or some sort of vandalism to occur without going unnoticed.
Sometimes people do a poor job of parking cars. One of the tires may cross the line, two spaces might be taken up, and/or the overall parking job can be rather crooked. Avoid these bad parkers at all costs, because they might leave before you do. If they park next to a crooked car and they can't get out, don't assume they won't hit your car and drive away. It's worth driving the extra ten feet to steer clear of bad parkers and the ramifications that can come by parking nearby. If you do a bad parking job, my recommendation is to fix it. Check the area around you, pull out, straighten your tires and your car, and then pull back it. Even if you're only going to be parked there for five minutes, having a good parking job can really help you out.
Hit and Runs
This happened to one of my co-workers recently. She has a relatively new car, only two years old, and she parked in the parking lot to go to work. When she came out a certain number of hours later, the front of her car had been smashed in. No note was left by driver who had hit her car. You can bet my co-worker was mad. Her insurance did cover the cost of the damage to her car, but she's angry that a person would hit and run. In a parking lot! Did anybody else witness the hit?
If you do witness a hit in the parking lot, take down the driver's license plate number and car model. That way, you can leave a note on the windshield. If you do this, you must also leave your contact information as you are a witness.
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