Pull up a few feet!

By | October 11, 2005

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?

  1. “I never check whether I parked properly.”
  2. Go in the house and have dinner.
  3. 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.

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2 thoughts on “Pull up a few feet!

  1. Pamela Ryba

    My Audi A8, having a “high performance engine” (read that as royal pain in the tush) starts up with a very rich fuel mixture. If I start the car and then turn it right back off without giving the extra fuel a chance to burn off, everything gets gunked up and I can’t restart my car or I end up not having all my cylinders firing. I’ve had to have it towed to the dealer’s three times over this, so it really is serious. So anyways, if you see a pearl colored 98 Audi A8 parked inaccurately around Boston, don’t think too poorly of me…I’d move it if I could!

  2. Angwantibo

    People park in the street?

    I’d park in the driveway, silly.

    -Silly in Suburbia


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