Parking Tips

Krista Blazier, Reporter

Have you ever witnessed another Pres girl taking a picture of your subpar parking so she could show her friends? Or maybe, you were the one behind the camera, intending to subtweet the owner of the car to let them know how terribly their parking was executed. Either way, it’s time that one of the ever-present issues facing our student body is discussed: some people simply don’t know how to park.

If you are one of those people who claims to be a perfect parker, you are probably kidding yourself. I am sure that even valets have difficulty completing the task of parking once in a while, and they do it for a living. Whether it is a constant struggle or only an occasional one, everyone could use a little instruction on how to better their parking, especially at school.

Here are seven simple tips on resolving parking problems, regardless of age or experience level:

1. Know how much space you have when parallel parking on the street. Obviously, you do not want to be boxed into a spot and not be able to pull out, but leaving six feet between you and the car in front of you is really unnecessary. Believe me, taking up so much space that you prevent another car from having a spot will not make other people want to befriend you.

2. If it is necessary to parallel park, be sure that you are up to the challenge. Nobody wants you to back into their bumper, and I am sure you do not want to deal with the consequences of the accident. Be sure to practice before execution. If you don’t know how, don’t attempt it. You will just block traffic and probably cause a scene. For instructions on the subject, turn to Google or YouTube. Otherwise, park farther down the street and walk.

3. Center yourself. When parking in the lot, be sure you are in the middle of the two lines. The parking spaces back there are already incredibly tight, and if you park too close to either side, it will just make everything more difficult for everyone. Nobody wants a door ding from someone trying to get out of their car with no room on one side. Nobody wants to take ages to back out of spot because they are afraid of scraping the side of the car that is too close to them. Nobody wants any trouble. “It’s a waste of a space since no one can fit,” says junior, Loni Weger. So, Pres girls, don’t be wasteful. If you pull into a spot and you are not straight in the center, be polite and fix the mistake as best as you can instead of just leaving it.

4. Know what is legal. For example, parking in front of a fire hydrant will get you a ticket, even if the curb is not painted red. If you are questioning whether or not you can park somewhere, don’t risk it.

5. Be courteous to our neighbors. Yes, our neighbors are passive-aggressive with how they place their garbage cans and clippings, but we need to try to be good neighbors. Nobody wants a detention, so make sure not to park too close to driveways, move trash cans, or run over lawn clippings on the streets (yes, even when they’ve made five different tiny piles instead of one big one). It may seem convenient, but it probably won’t end well for you.

6. Don’t be a risk taker. Park with confidence. Do not attempt anything outside of your skill-level. Do not guess on anything.

7. Be the bigger person. For those of you who have been driving for a while, I encourage you to be patient with the newly-licensed sophomores, or even upperclassmen, as their numbers grow and parking spaces dwindle. Perhaps they are not entirely in the know with how parking goes on here, and that that is your parking spot, but freaking out about it will not help. We all know that we were not pros at parking on first attempt; lots of us aren’t even now. Make parking easy for each other; this might even save your car from a few dings.

Hopefully, this advice will help you to become a pro at parking in no time. Who knows? Maybe pictures of bad parking will stop being taken. And maybe, people will stop criticizing your parking abilities.