Offensive Parking

Stopping bad parking one schmuck at a time

How to Stay Safe in a Parking Garage

Many assaults are committed in parking garages because they are often dimly lit, poorly observed and provide countless places to hide. You can protect yourself in these situations with a little planning and common sense.  Here are some simple tips.   When you are bogged down with luggage or bags, you make a good target because […]

How to Parallel Park

Living in a big city where parking is scarce, parallel parking skills are a must. To parallel park successfully, you need a space about 4-6 feet longer than your car. Then, it’s all about timing! For those that are experts, parallel parking can be accomplished with spaces only 30 inches longer than their car.  However, […]

How to Park Up & Downhill

The task itself is simple, and certain precautions can ensure that your car will remain where you left it . . .and not several miles down the road in someone’s yard or “parked” in a building. Steps Whenever possible, park perpendicular to the slope of the hill. If you must parallel park on a hill, […]

How to Perpendicular Park

To enter a perpendicular park space: When the driver’s shoulder is even with the painted line of chosen parking space, turn the wheel toward that space. As the center of the hood passes the center of the space (ever so slowly), straighten the wheels of the vehicle. To exit a perpendicular parking space:       Check for […]

How to Find Your Car in a Parking Lot

Have you ever stood in the parking lot of your favorite store watching some poor individual wander around looking for their car? Have you ever been that poor person? Here are a few simple steps to avoid becoming an unwilling participant in the Parking Lot Walk of Shame.

How to Back a Car into a Parking Spot

Sometimes you have no choice except to back into a parking spot.  Other times, backing in is a great technique that can be used to make leaving that spot easier. Steps  Drive slowly past the desired parking spot. Stop the vehicle when the corner of the rear bumper of the vehicle is about even with […]

How to Park at an Angle

Let’s talk physics. Without light, there would be no sight.

Unless you have a skill that the rest of us do not possess, you cannot see around corners (if you can, please teach me). You cannot see around corners because light travels in straight lines, and you only ‘view’ an object when the light that comes from that object enters your eyes to be processed by your brain.

Parking Space, Defined

Parking Space Defined (Yes, I know.  But what better place to start?) A parking space is a location that is designated for parking.  Said location can take the form of a parking garage, a parking lot, or a city street.  Parking spaces are usually designated by white or yellow painted lines on the surface of the […]