Don’t drive what you can’t park

By Frank Lewis

April 4, 2014

By Frank Lewis


I have come to the conclusion that people should not purchase bigger vehicles than they have the ability to park between two yellow lines on a parking lot. I think there is a lot of individual space for parking spots on most commercial parking lots, but every day I see about as many trucks and SUVs parked across those lines as I see people running red lights, and that is a lot.

Our parking lot is used all day long by people who eat at a restaurant across the street. It is bad enough that half the time I can’t find a parking spot on our lot because of non-company vehicles, but many times they park their trucks diagonally across two parking spaces and just leave them there.

What happens when people park outside the parking lines, is that they cause a chain reaction of other vehicles forced to do the same thing, and before long whole parking spaces disappear.

These same people also can’t drive within their lanes. Twice this week I was nearly sideswiped by people who swerve outside their lanes, usually because they are texting or talking on their cell phones.

I would suggest before you buy that big truck or SUV, that you drive it to see if you can keep it in one lane, and park it to see if you can put it between the lines on a parking lot. If you can’t, it is too big for you and requires someone who pays closer attention or is at a higher skill level when it comes to the control of a motor vehicle.

By the way, will someone tell me when the city is going to put “lane shift” signs and paint those shift lanes on Gay Street? Since most of the paint is worn off, and there is no sign to tell you the lane shifts after the traffic light, I see near wrecks all the time there. Sometimes we don’t take care of problems until a disaster occurs. Making the lane shifts clear on Gay Street would be a good way to keep problems from happening.

We all need to be more conscientious as to how we affect others. That means taking up no more than a single parking space or a single lane on the highway. It’s just common courtesy. Please always be aware that nearly everything we do in life affects someone else. Treat others like you would like to be treated yourself.

Frank Lewis can be reached at 740-353-3101, Ext. 252, or on Twitter @FrankLewispdt.