What’s With The Rush Hour Street Parking Mayhem?
I admit, I’m not a huge fan of driving even though I’ve been driving for a number of years now. However, I’m always baffled by the road parking mayhem during rush hour.
Imagine the familiar scene: you’re crawling along in traffic and suddenly the driver in front of you stops. Why? To squeeze into a parking space they’ve just spotted. Drive on! Come back to the space if you must but don’t cause confusion on the road and stress to other drivers especially if you’ve already gone past the said space.
Sometimes the space is too small and they have to carry on anyway. Well, except the few who chose to brave the tightest of spots and show off their wheel turns.
30 minutes later, it’ll be time to leave as they only went out for a quick errand. Undoubtedly, they will be now be seeking to travel in the opposite direction to how they are parked. Cue another bout of chaos as the driver attempts to stop two lanes of traffic for their exit. Sigh!
Don’t get me started on the indicating! Some have their hazards lights on if parked in a not-so-sensible space. Rather than being helpful, it appears that they are indicating to leave as the whole car isn’t visible so drivers stop unnecessarily to let them out.
What about bumping into the already parked cars? I can only imagine the number of slight “uh oh”s (as my son would put it) that occur in this shuffling process.
The problem tends to get worse at Christmas as more shoppers take to the streets and compete for the precious parking spaces. A few days ago, a journey that should have taken 15 minutes, took twice the time! The delay was only because cars had to frequently stop to let other cars in and out of parking spaces! If a car park is out of the question then how about a less busy side street? A short walk wouldn’t hurt. I’m all for convenient parking but not selfish convenient parking.
Am I alone in my view on rush hour street parking mayhem? Thinking about the stress of it all just makes me giddy. Or maybe I suffer from “Parallelophobia” on busy roads! Ha.