Driving in traffic is rule-governed. Not just by government regulations, but by courtesy as well.
This is particularly true in parking lots. Driving in a parking lot can be dangerous, and rules matter. And yes, under some conditions, violations can warrant tickets.
I’m sure we all have experiences testifying to the anxiety Saturday shopping can cause. But even this occasion can be made less stressful when everyone observes parking lot etiquette.
No matter where you go – there they are: other people. And they can be most annoying in parking lots. Which is why driving through one on a busy day can seem like a never-ending exercise in patience!
To help you maintain that patience and avoid mishaps, parking lot rules are focused on safety:
Unlike a street or roadway, parking lots are more of a “small group” environment because it is easier to make eye contact with those around you. When you can see the face of the person who wants the same parking spot you do, courtesy is more likely to take over and lead you to search for another spot.
Remaining etiquette-ful and gracious, with a smiling attitude, is definitely the way to proceed.
Pedestrians have the right-of-way in parking lots, but there are rules regarding courtesy and safety that apply to them, too.
Being present and aware is the job of everyone.
As always, courtesy is at the core of etiquette. And parking lots are no exception. Add a dash of common sense and you have the makings of a pleasant situation.
Parking lot etiquette is not complicated. The bottom line is keeping courtesy and safety in mind at all times. Look out for yourself and others. And remember kindness matters - always.