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OPINION: Small and large vehicles shouldn't park together

HAVE you ever been in a situation where you park your car and duck into the shops only to come back and find you're wedged between two monstrous four-wheel drives, vans or work utes?

And parking some distance from the store never seems to help.

Even parking in seemingly empty areas can often result in being sandwiched between giant vehicles by the time you make it back.

Reversing out of car parks with one or two massive vehicles on either side is no easy task - no matter how slowly you go, there's always an element of not really knowing what you're getting yourself into.

In areas where spaces that require you to back out of a park are common, it's an almost everyday occurrence to hear a car honking because the reversing car is coming into its path - often, that reversing car has a large vehicle beside it blocking visibility. 

We have such a blend of car sizes on CBD roads - from tiny little hatchbacks to small trucks.

So the question that begs to be answered is why are we still parking in the same parking areas?

Even driving slightly forward and turning out of a park can be made difficult if the vehicle beside you is big enough, and parked closely enough to your own car. 

Understandably, it would be nearly impossible to police any actual laws related to where certain kinds of vehicles can park.

But why not have separate "courtesy" zones where larger vehicles are encouraged to park, or zones where larger vehicles are excluded from parking.

At the very least, perhaps we should be promoting a common courtesy rule where drivers of small cars and drivers of large vehicles make an effort to park among their own.

It's not to say that drivers of large vehicles are not as entitled to having a park on our roads and in our car parks just like everyone else, but it just seems practical that with such a wide variety of vehicle sizes, it would make more sense to group smaller and larger cars.

Reversing out and having no idea what's coming is an unnerving feeling at best. 

Surely separating cars by their general size would increase safety and reduce stress for the "little guys". 

Should there be separate parking zones for small and large vehicles?

This poll ended on 17 January 2015.

Yes! It's safer and better for everyone - 61%

No, people should park where they want to park - 38%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

Topics:  cars, driving, parking




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