Okay, you have good manners but does it show up in your parking etiquette?
Joanne and I recently read a great new book on Harper Lee, the author of To Kill a Mockingbird, called The Mockingbird Next Door: Life with Harper Lee by Marja Mills (which prompted me to re-read To Kill A Mockingbird).
Harper Lee talked about her father, who was a lawyer and the model for her
character Atticus Finch, in the novel. She admired her father and Atticus, because, he was “the same in his house as he is on the public streets”.
Wow, that is something we can all aspire to and something that we often talk about in our etiquette seminars. Being an authentically courteous person, one who treats everyone with respect no matter who they are or where we encounter them.
But that got me thinking about extending courtesy and good manners to our automobile and driving habits. I saw a great article on parking etiquette in the Edmonton Journal from Lorraine Sommerfeld, entitled Just Call Them Unmoving Violations – 10 parking gaffes are enough to get the blood boiling.
I’ll paraphrase her 10 Parking Faux-pas here that really get her and my blood boiling.
1 – People who can’t/won’t park between the lines
2 – Visitor Parking squatters
3 – The wreck/derelict car slowly fossilizing in the neighbourhood
4 – The home-based business clients who block your driveway
5 – The ‘Horatio Hornblowers’ tooting goodbye to their friends at 2 am
6 – The four-way flashers that excuse them from parking in a No Parking zones
7 – The people who park on the bike lanes
8 – The audible remote that lets them and you know their car is really locked at 3 am
9 – People who park on the sidewalk, Italian style (click for a funny italian parking etiquette video)
10-The work truck with the backup alarm that backs out beeping at 5:30 each morning
I would add my own #11 – the boy racers/motorcycle aficionados with the tuned exhausts (read LOUD) that live in and delight our neighbourhoods.
What are your parking/driving pet peeves? Don’t you wish everyone was like Atticus, as respectful in their parking etiquette as they might be in the office? Another scary thought is that many people probably are. Yikes, and that keeps our business etiquette courses going. Maybe we should run a driving etiquette course?
Posted by Terry Pithers – Canadian Business Etiquette expert and good parker