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Re: Parking Lot Ritual

All this made me think. Does anyone know why the 'dink' proof GM Saturn doors never took off. Remember the commercial where they hit the door with a sledge hammer.
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Old 06-20-2011, 07:35 AM
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Re: Parking Lot Ritual

A mate of mine parks as far away as possible from whatever store he's going to. It's irritating as hell! We may as well have walked. He's done this for years, yet he still gets hit with trolleys.

He reminds me of an advert we have over here, where a guy parks his car far away from all the others, gets out and a satellite falls out of the sky and crushes his car
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Re: Parking Lot Ritual

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I shoot for the far corner space in a lot that is nowhere near full. If the lot is close to full I look for a space by a nice car. Most importantly, never drive the Jeep to Walmart.

Exactly what I do.

Never take two spots as this an invitation for someone to park next to you leaving a 1/2" inch of space. Most likely it will be a large rusted pick-up truck or van.

What bothers me is when I take the furthest (single) spot with acres of empty spots and yet time later there's one vehicle parked next to me. I sometimes feel that it's not worth having a nice vehicle.




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Re: Parking Lot Ritual

At shopping centers, I try to find a spot on the end of a row that has an island and park near the curb by the island. If it's close to shrubbery or a tree I can just be careful.

Other option is to park next to other newer vehicles.

At work we have spots where I can parallel park. Not sure of the situation where my spouse works (the Jeep's her daily driver) but whatever she's done she's had no problems either.

So far this has all worked out well for me...my 2YO car has no signs of any parking lot bumps and the only one on my Jeep is one from nudging the concrete wall in my home garage. Need to get some touch-up paint...
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Re: Parking Lot Ritual

Love this convo - my wife makes fun of my parking habits all the time. I will frequently park farther away so there are no other cars around (as she calls it, "as far away as humanly possible"), but I think what draws her laughter the most is my seemingly obsessive-compulsive need to park in the dead center of whatever space I have chosen. I mean, we all hate those people who park diagonal and over the line, barely but effectively taking up two spots, but I take it to the next level. I like to be not to far to either side, not too far up, not too far back. DEAD CENTER.

If I had to park on one side of another car or the other, statistically speaking, I would prefer a space adjacent to another car's passenger door (every time another car is driven away, the driver's door must be opened, but not every car carries an additional passenger). However, watch for child car seats in the rear passenger-side seat (sometimes it's hard to get kids situated and buckled in without opening the door as wide as possible). Staying away from coupes (with their long and wide front doors) if possible is also a rule of thumb.

Be careful, it's a minefield out there!
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Old 06-20-2011, 10:30 AM
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Re: Parking Lot Ritual

Parking lots are probably the most dangerous places to drive. I've heard of more than one fist fight over a spot. Most people drive around looking for the closest spot to the door that they can find, and pull right in. Then, after getting their groceries they have to back out...and everyone else has to scatter to stay out of their way. That’s nuts! I take the first spot I find that I can drive straight out of...usually on the outskirts of the lot. Then I get a little bit of exercise walking to the store - while I pass the guy who was just ahead of me, who’s now flinging his door open in his trophy spot. Since I won’t have to back out it’s a lot safer for me and I save a teaspoon of gas each time. Avoiding reverse is also a little less wear and tear on the drivetrain.
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Old 06-20-2011, 10:32 AM
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Back of the lot for me. I've had ppl hit my car with their door while I was sitting in it. NYC is unbelievable.
x2 on this, its unbelievable. I love corner spots too
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Re: Parking Lot Ritual

It is amazing to me that even some people that workout just about every day will drive around for five minutes looking for a spot that is close to where they are going. Another thought, avoid parking next to two-door sedans, those long doors are horrible for door dings since they stick out so far when opened.
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A mate of mine parks as far away as possible from whatever store he's going to. It's irritating as hell! We may as well have walked. He's done this for years, yet he still gets hit with trolleys.
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It is amazing to me that even some people that workout just about every day will drive around for five minutes looking for a spot that is close to where they are going...
It's true. I never understood how some people will wait for a spot when there's one 50 to 100 feet away. At my post office people will block traffic to mail a letter because there too lazy to park a few feet away.

What drives me nuts is when someone parks so close to me there isn't any way humanly possible (unless your a gymnast) to get back into your car.
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It is amazing to me that even some people that workout just about every day will drive around for five minutes looking for a spot that is close to where they are going. Another thought, avoid parking next to two-door sedans, those long doors are horrible for door dings since they stick out so far when opened.
--- And even funnier when it is the gym's parking lot!!!
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I park on the street at work, and only buy online.
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