Like viturally everyone else in the U.S., I have been driving since I was 16. And that means I have been parking for that long as well. When I was a teenager, parking HereInFranklin was no big deal. Once I got to Knoxville and college, it was more challenging. (I wonder if they still have my name on the unpaid parking ticket list?)
In Little Rock, I parked in a multi-level garage that used one set of ramps for going up and the other for going down. There was a receptionist at the ad agency where I worked who never did get it right–she was always going up the down ramp. One day, she left for lunch and we never saw her again. The daily stress of parking finally got to her.
There have been many other garages and lots in between, but today I park in another multi-level garage in Nashville. My office building shares the lot with the upscale hotel next door, so there are always people unsure of where they’re going.
In order to make parking easier for all of us, I have developed the following guidelines that I hope you will all follow.
1. If it takes you more than two tries to get into a space, give up. Either your car is too big or your ability to park is too limited.
2. You are only paying for one spot–so stay in between the lines. Failure to do so could result in unfortunate damage to your car.
3. Backing in just looks stupid…like you’re driving some kind of getaway car. Don’t do it.
4. If you’re a regular, have your electronic gate card ready before you reach the exit. Do not drive to the gate, stop, put your car in park and then start looking for it.
5. Share the road–this garage is of the two lane variety. You don’t get to hog this road any more than you do any other road.
6. Do not pass the poor person who isn’t sure of where they are going. (I actually saw someone pass another car IN THE GARAGE!)
7. If you are unsure of where you are going, DO NOT try to back up. I am behind you and someone else is behind me. You have to keep moving forward.
Parking in an urban environment is no fun for anyone. But if you follow MY guidelines, we’ll all get along a little better. 🙂