Here’s your etiquette quiz for the day….
You get home from work. You park your car on your street. You get out of the car and notice that you could have pulled forward a few more feet. What do you do?
- “I never check whether I parked properly.”
- Go in the house and have dinner.
- Get back in the car and pull up.
If you answered (c), give yourself a gold star.
On-street parking is a scarce resource, especially in a city like Boston. If you leave a few feet of wasted space at one end of your car, there’s a good chance that you’ve ruined a space at the other end.
On a related note, if you’re looking to park and you come upon a long stretch of empty curb (a miracle!), parking exactly in the middle is the wrong answer. Put your car at one end or the other of the empty space, making it likely that more people will be able to park in the remaining space.
All this is obvious, you say? I’m afraid not, judging from what I’ve seen in the eight years I’ve been living in a house with on-street parking.