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Are Parking Lot spaces Too Small for your SUV or Truck?

I can tell you from my own parking experience or nightmares that many larger vehicles now dominate the roadscape lately in the city. When parking you can easily be stuck in a space where you can not easily open your car door wide enough to get in or out and forcing you to wait until the other vehicle moves out of their spot. Moreover, there are a number of doors that when opened often ping and dent the vehicle parked right beside them. There are cars or station wagons that have 2 doors only and their doors are wider and open up farther and often ping and dent the side of the car parked right next to them. Should parking lots be made wider to make room for these types of vehicles and allow more room for people to easily get in and out of their vehicles?

Yes I think parking lot space is too narrow for most Sports Utilities Vehicles and Vans and Trucks.

0 votes / 0% 0 votes

Parking spaces in outdoor and multilevel parkig garages are way too narrow for safety and convenience.

1 votes / 33% 1 votes / 33 %

Even if people park properly there is always too liitle space to get in and out with my bags of groceries.

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The old style parking lot is old school, for when cars were more common and Trucks, SUVs and VAns were not so much driven.

1 votes / 33% 1 votes / 33 %

I drive a compact car so I have plenty of space to park. But I would hate to be parking a pick up or a van.

1 votes / 33% 1 votes / 33 %
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MegL wrote on February 13, 2016, 11:12 AM

I try to park in the furthest parts of a car park if possiblebecause of other people's BAD parking. If it's too crowded, I stay way, because there will be too many people in the shop anyway.

lookatdesktop wrote on February 13, 2016, 11:59 AM

I would do the same. However, my wife has a bad knee and has to park in a handicap space close to the entrance but these spaces are hard to find at times.

MegL wrote on February 13, 2016, 12:08 PM

Yes, especially when some non-handicapped people use those spaces illegally. emoticon :sad: I spoke to a colleague many years ago abouther doing that and she treated it as a joke, "oh but I am a disabled parker"! In other words her poor driving skills justified it.

CoralLevang wrote on February 13, 2016, 12:29 PM

For those who choose to drive big trucks like are popular today, there needs to be a section of the parking lot that is specific to them. I do not like it when I have two of these huge trucks on either side of me and I cannot see beyond their extended cabs as I pull out. It is dangerous. And the big truck drivers seem to be a bit nasty in how they do things. I've been keyed, and other things because of it. & I Drive a very small versa with no frills. Driving a vehicle is a way to get to point A and point B, not to make up for the lack of something or whatever that some of the drivers seem to buy their cars

lookatdesktop wrote on February 13, 2016, 1:08 PM

I agree completely!

CoralLevang wrote on February 13, 2016, 1:14 PM

This is when I would have to let the air out of her tires and then claim that my disability of anger management made me do it

MegL wrote on February 13, 2016, 1:17 PM

LOL, and she was the welfare official for the company, so she would have had to help me manage it!

CoralLevang wrote on February 13, 2016, 1:20 PM

I don't keep quiet about things like that. I would have written to the newspaper and every other place. That those kinds of things really make me angry. But I have to admit I have never let the tires go flat of someone's car, but if I saw somebody doing it because of what she said, I wouldn't have turned it in

MegL wrote on February 13, 2016, 1:31 PM

LOL. I think I am with you there. There have been some online videos where people have covered someone's car in sticky paper because they parked in a disabled spot.

MegL wrote on February 13, 2016, 1:31 PM

Yes, I agree completely too!

DWDavisRSL wrote on February 15, 2016, 3:30 PM

Most of the people who design parking lots are the people who couldn't get jobs on the Super Highway Interchange Team designing suicide interchanges on interstate highways. In other words, in every engineering class there is a bottom 25%. Those are the people who get hired to design parking lots.

DWDavisRSL wrote on February 15, 2016, 3:33 PM

I have recently received a handicapped placard for my car due to difficulty walking because of my arthritis. Many times I have not been able to park in a handicapped spot because people without a plate or placard decide "I'll only be a minute" and use the spot. I have mentioned to the store managers on occasion that they need to do a better job policing the parking lot.

DWDavisRSL wrote on February 15, 2016, 3:36 PM

People should be careful before doing that. Not every disabled person looks it. To look at me, if you didn't notice my cane, you wouldn't think I was. A friend of mine only has one lung due to cancer. She cannot walk far without getting winded. She is only 31 years old and otherwise looks in great shape. She quit using her placard because people gave her a hard time about not looking handicapped.

lookatdesktop wrote on February 15, 2016, 6:14 PM

I have seen two vehicles racing for the same parking space and almost run into each other. I have also stood in a parking spot waiting for my wife to pull into it only to have a maniac in a large pick up truck try to literally run me over to prevent her from getting into same spot. I had a word with that fella. He never got our of his truck to come into the store. I was afraid he had a gun and would come hunt me down just because I gave him my 2 cents after he nearly ran over my feet with his giant 4x4 truck. He sure didn't look handicapped and when he got out of his truck he stood on both legs with no difficulty.

CoralLevang wrote on February 16, 2016, 8:37 AM

I agree with you on this one. But there are many many people who abused this privilege. I know people who use their family members placard even when the family member is not there. I am someone who has tried to get on disability because of my health issues, and I've been told that I cannot because I continue to work. Some things in this realm of disabilities are a catch 22. But I'm not going to get on my soapbox on this one, because it just irritates me and doesn't do anyone any good.

DWDavisRSL wrote on February 16, 2016, 10:27 PM

I didn't qualify for the 18 years I've had fibromyalgia, but as soon as I got the arthritis diagnoses last spring they couldn't get a placard into my hands fast enough. The system is so skewed.