I am disgusted by the parking habits of certain drivers. When I go out in the car and need to park in a parking lot I check to see if there are either “Parent and Child” spaces or “Parent with Pram” spaces. If one of these spaces is available, assuming that I have one or both of my children with me, I use it.
These spaces are usually wider than regular spaces and are sometimes nearer to the door of the store, mall, etc. The width of the spaces is what is important to me. When I have the children along I have to lift them out of their car seats that are in the back seat of the car. This means that I have to open my door the whole way so that I can reach in. Even though I have a small car, I really like the extra room in a wide space so I can open the door properly. Then I don’t have to worry about denting the car next to me.
In the last week, I have seen at least three people use one of these spaces without children in the car. These spaces are not regulated – they are not like disabled parking spots, there is no tag, etc. – the use of these spaces is on the honour system. It is terrible when people are not honourable enough to respect the rules. It is hard enough to take young children out to do errands, and it is selfish of these rule-breakers to abuse this small privilege.