questionswhy don't people skip spaces when they park their…

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I park (mostly) away from others, just so my car doesn't get banged up. I've often wondered the same thing. Of course, I keep my cars for more than 3 years so if you only keep them short periods of time you probably don't care...assuming it's their car to begin with.

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I was following you and did not want to look like I was keeping my distance, because then it would be obvious.

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my guess is that most of the time in that situation, people do. You only notice when they don't.

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I hate wasting time on looking for parking spots, so most often I just park it far from the entrance. However, I definitely don't worry about if I park next to someone or not. It just isn't something I think about or am even aware of, I park in the first spot I see. I would worry about scratches and dents, but these things happen, its part of owning a car.

So I guess the bottom line for me is I just don't think about it, I just park within the lines and hope that other people are as careful as I am to not cause damage.

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I park near cars (leaving one spot in between) just so my car doesn't feel lonely :)

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You're thinking of urinal rules. There's nothing weird about parking right next to another guy in a parking lot.

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If your vehicle is so large that this is a problem for you, maybe it's time to consider parking farther away, or consider that you're parking a vehicle that's not meant for standard parking spaces. If there's any problem it seems that you might be the one creating it.

Unless someone parks way off-center, there's zero chance of dings when I open my door. I have a moderately sized car and I have never cared if someone was parked next to me. It just doesn't make any difference at all.

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@omnichad It has nothing to do with the size of my vehicles, and the ding thing is a minor concern. I was looking for reasonable explanations on why people might do such a thing and perhaps some creative responses, not insults or sarcasm.

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Depending on the location and spaces it is sometimes easier to park next to someone and use them as a line to not cross. But I try to park as far away from people as possible.

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@jazzsinger: No sarcasm. Someone at work parks an SUV half over the line of their parking spot every day. Of course I do park next to them every day just to tell them that they can't have two parking spots, and they do get dings.

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@omnichad: So yeah, we all hate the guy or gal with the huge vehicle they don't need and don't seem capable of driving said vehicle. I also hate when people park over the line IF the lot is crowded.

You however are kinda jumping to conclusions about someone you don't know. OP may drive a huge truck, they may also need that truck for work at a business or at home. jazz parked away from other vehicles so no matter how large the truck is; if they made an attempt to stay away from other vehicles (as to not cause damage to another persons or their own vehicle) did it really help or teach any lessons for someone (like you apparently) to park up next to them? How does that make you better? Take your holier-than-thou BS and GTFO.

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@nmchapma: I didn't park next to the poster. But yes, I would take the spot if it's what's available. I'm not saying they parked over any lines or anything other than perfect center.

But if they drive a commercial-sized truck whether for business or home, they really can't go in a traditional parking space. It's rude to OTHER drivers who need to park next to them.

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@omnichad: OP Said "I parked off to the side and there were plenty of open parking spaces."

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@nmchapma: Plain and simple, if a car can't easily park next to them, it might be their responsibility to own a second vehicle for such errands. It's not up to every business to set up "oversize" parking. If you don't need a vehicle that big, don't make it your only vehicle. If you need a vehicle that big, don't use it for parking at a convenience store. You don't see semi trucks or garbage trucks or ambulances parked at the convenience store.

It may be a hard truth to swallow. I get that. But I don't think it's fair to blame other parkers in any case.

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Just so you guys will know, I was driving a Ford F150, which is a standard size pick-up truck. It's not an oversized vehicle at all.

@omnichad You took the least significant part of my question and made it the focal point of everything you've posted, thereby just about ruining the thread.

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@jazzsinger: I tried to find something significant enough to make it worth talking about.

There's no reason at all someone should be worried about parking next to someone. As long as you're coloring between the lines, that's all that really matters. I also answered that in my original response.

The parking lot is made to be used to full capacity, and I often park away from the door to leave room for elderly drivers without a handicap tag - especially in a small lot.

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@omnichad: HAHA So everyone that owns a truck because they need it for one reason or another should buy a second smaller vehicle as to not inconvienience your parking?

That's just not reasonable. If you have a larger vehicle and try to park it away from the crowd and someone parks right next to you out of spite and dents your door. They are to blame. That is plain and simple.

If theres plenty of room skip the space and save everyone the possiblity of damage, no matter what kind of car either of you is driving.

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@nmchapma: No - not everyone who owns a truck. Everyone who owns an F-350 and thinks they should park in a small parking lot like at a convenience store. Maybe you could park in the far rows of somewhere like Wal-Mart, where you even see semi trucks parked occasionally. But no, you really shouldn't be trying to park it anywhere in a small parking lot.

If you have a standard sized truck, you'll have plenty of room in a standard parking spot. And no, I'm not going to try and damage anyone's vehicle. But I'm also not going to let someone who can't park have two spots just because they didn't leave me room to open my door fully. And they really should consider themselves the ones at fault in that case.

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So very little you've said applies in any way to OP's post? On that note...

I often find that I cannot open my (compact) car doors fully even if I'm centered in the spot. I hate when parents don't watch their kids and they sling that door open and bash the car beside them. I know you can't monitor a child every moment but that kinda seems like an important one, maybe a good chance to explain respect of others personal property.

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It is easier to line up your vehicle against another vehicle than against lines that you can no longer see once you get close to them.

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As a Jeep driver, it's an unwritten law that I have to park next to another Jeep if the possibility presents itself.