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PostSubject: car parking slots to small   Thu Oct 17, 2013 8:57 pm

Shocked iv just been reading some thing iv thought was right for some time now, that is that the average space to park a car is just not wide enough to allow a car to be parked side by side with others parked, opening the door often results in the door banging the door of the next car and not leaving the driver or passenger much room to get out or in for that matter cool2  often resulting in scratch's to the paint work Shocked 
a study by Halfords that I read said that despite the average car growing in size as manufacturers strive to offer more interior space crash protection and comfort the department for Transport rules governing car park space size have remained the same since 1994 Wink the width of cars has increased by an average of 16% over the same period making the average car 2" wider than the 1.80mm (5ft.11") minimum parking space,thats 40mm smaller than a Ford Focus  and making it incapable of accommodating a B.M.W.3 Series  measuring over two metres (6ft.7") cool2 
but car park operators looking to maximise visitor volumes and revenue, there is little incentive for them to exceed the recommended minimum size requirements, the  research found that Supermarkets were reported as the worst offenders by 38% of drivers, followed by shopping centres 29% and railway stations 18% Suspect  no wonder some times tempers get a little frayed when a driver thinks some one has deliberately parked inconsiderately, well now we know  Shocked  is it the same in the U.S.A. and else were I wonder, as for here in the U.K. and as a driver I would like to know when the parking spot minimum size is to be updated to accommodate the modern car size and save car paint work and driver frustration. cool1 cool1
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PostSubject: Re: car parking slots to small   Thu Oct 17, 2013 9:21 pm

I know and it's odd isn't it ? But the thing is there is a flip side to it.

Because of that and the mad rush in parking lots where people tend to become ill minded in their driving manoeuvres and for whatever the reasons one mainly that of being lazy I assume ,they tend to want to park as close to the doors of those stores as all possible.

Now than in view of all the lunacy in all those shopping center parking lots and the fact that I don't mind geeting a little walking exercise in at all, I always drive on to the ends of the parking lots and take two spaces fer meself ! I haven't as of yet received any complaints over the years and I assume that is because all those lazies couldn't care less about a car what takes up two parking spaces that far out into the end zones so very far away from the entrance doors !
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PostSubject: Re: car parking slots to small   Thu Oct 17, 2013 9:58 pm

In answer to yer question ,indeed yes it is a problem. The shopping centers and supermarket chains that build the biggist stores with plenty of parking space are thouse that do the most volume business-in fact by their own research parking lots are the key factor to packing consumers into their stores.

They try to divide off the lots into compact car spaces and larger spaces for the full size auto or truck-thing is nobody pays attention to the compact car designations !

In smaller strip malls you will likely find all spaces are designated compact cars or far too small a space to accomodate even a funky mopeg !

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PostSubject: Re: car parking slots to small   Thu Oct 17, 2013 10:34 pm

I'm not disagreeing - but where you have to pay to park - more spaces = more revenue.
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PostSubject: Re: car parking slots to small   Fri Oct 18, 2013 7:25 am

Rolling Eyes Mrs P Yes more spaces more revenue that is indeed the reason that multi-storey pay car parks tend to be one of the worst offenders, but here in the uk  a driver dose not pay to park in most super Market car parks so parking revenue is not a prime reason for small parking zones to leave your car,today I have been out and about paying this and that and doing my shopping so have parked in the Co-op car park,Tessco's  car park, Asda's car park and Morrison's car park pluss  a free to park council car park cool2  the worst one was the free council car park,the next worst was Tesco,then Asda,the best that I had no reason to complain was Morrisons car park,i did not get out the tape measure to measure the space's just judgeing them on the room available as I parked my car between the parking zone white lines, I wonder how much it would cost if car drivers put in a claim for repainting of scratched car door's or dent repair's to the owners of the car parks Shocked cool2  oh yes I know all that would be said is that people using the car park do  so at car owners own risk thus its your choice to park or not to park.cool2
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PostSubject: Re: car parking slots to small   Sat Oct 19, 2013 2:32 am

I'd rather go back to me old E30 3 series Bayern Motor Works.
All the cars now look the same and drive the same yawn!.

Those were the days! lol! 
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PostSubject: Re: car parking slots to small   Sat Oct 19, 2013 6:54 am

Rolling Eyes Nar get yer sen a real motor fly the flag a motor that can fit in any parking space known to man includeing  on its side stuft up a back  ally  Wink I give you the cool2 whistle whistle 


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PostSubject: Re: car parking slots to small   Sat Oct 19, 2013 11:45 am

If i wanted a piece of junk that would break down every few yards i would have bought a British Leyland/Austin Rover
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That's if you even got it delivered before they went on strike for having the wrong kind of ham sandwich in the canteen!
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PostSubject: Re: car parking slots to small   Sat Oct 19, 2013 9:32 pm

lmao

Didn't Roddy Llwellyn work for British Leyland, putting big-ends on princesses? hmr
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PostSubject: Re: car parking slots to small   Sat Oct 19, 2013 10:11 pm

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PostSubject: Re: car parking slots to small   Sat Oct 19, 2013 10:15 pm

That was just a statement. That wasn't a dig at you Beaver my old mate:wv:
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PostSubject: Re: car parking slots to small   Sat Oct 19, 2013 10:17 pm

oh they were the day's old Red Robbo and his gang,Leyland,Daganham etc cool1 meeting in the canteen,management looked at us in the wrong way again,down tools overalls off shop stewards meeting every one out no scabs or else whistle oh yes those Golden days of British car making lol!
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PostSubject: Re: car parking slots to small   Sat Oct 19, 2013 10:19 pm

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PostSubject: Re: car parking slots to small   Sat Oct 19, 2013 10:19 pm

When you think about it the cars were designed badly looked badly and made badly. 

So at least they were consistent! scratch  Laughing
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PostSubject: Re: car parking slots to small   Sat Oct 19, 2013 10:25 pm

Rolling Eyes I can remember looking at the work being carried out building the M.1 Motorway as it past Nottingham Shocked I can remember I thought one day im going to drive from one end to other of that,and I did again,again,again, Sleep Sleep Sleep Sleep Sleep
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PostSubject: Re: car parking slots to small   Sat Oct 19, 2013 10:29 pm

Well i hope you didn't try doing it in an Austin Allegro! lol! 

The M5 M6 South is about the only route i take. Laughing
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PostSubject: Re: car parking slots to small   Sat Oct 19, 2013 10:33 pm

Rolling Eyes iv driven all over England,Scotland and Wales and for some  reason I just don't like driving on the M.6 and iv got to rearly for when I visit one of my Daughters who now lives in N/Wales  cool2
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PostSubject: Re: car parking slots to small   Mon Oct 21, 2013 9:27 pm

I went to a concert in Manchester earlier this year, and although booked and paid in advance for parking, it was horrendous once we got there. It was a nightmare. I had to park in this space that put my driving skills to the test I can tell thee. They must have been expecting us to arrive on a skateboard! The best bit was yet to come mind, when non of us could get out the doors after placing myself bang on central, I then had to manouvre fwd again to let 3 of me mates out, reverse back into the space, then climb over into the back seat and get out through the boot. we were in hysterics laughing, which made the whole business much worse. I landed almost face first onto the tarmac, I dredded to think later, if anyone saw us on CCTV. OMG I looked like I'd had a skin full, and I was the driver!
I kept a close eye on crimewatch for a few months after that Shocked
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PostSubject: Re: car parking slots to small   Tue Oct 22, 2013 7:38 am

lol! 

The security company that were monitoring that cctv were probably having a good laugh as well at your antics, sounds like you had a great time anyway Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: car parking slots to small   Tue Oct 22, 2013 9:41 am

Rolling Eyes Laughing 
So if I see on Utube  antic's in a car park videoed  from a cctv  camera showing legs stuck up in the air at the back of a hatch back flashing her knickers or thong which   ever is the case then that would most likely be you then Timout  lol!
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PostSubject: Re: car parking slots to small   Tue Oct 22, 2013 6:51 pm

Yup that'll be me alright. Remember your folks wise words-Clean underwear just in case you get knocked down. Well it has to cover all eventualities now.emb2  Incl climbing out the boot of your car.whistle
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PostSubject: Re: car parking slots to small   Tue Oct 22, 2013 8:44 pm

Rolling Eyes Yes I was told that by my parents to, so I had better I think go down Town and see if I can find and purchase some Union jack boxers Wink then again if the Union dose brake up and Scotland leave's it to go it alone, then I had better also purchase some Cross of saint George Boxers as well Laughing  best not mention any thing about the flag pole had I whistle whistle whistle
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PostSubject: Re: car parking slots to small   Tue Oct 22, 2013 9:09 pm

I agree, no point worrying about the Small details. Wink
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PostSubject: Re: car parking slots to small   Tue Oct 22, 2013 9:46 pm

Rolling Eyes I guess your right there Timeout all though I do like to keep the fixing bracket in good shape  Laughing Laughing
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PostSubject: Re: car parking slots to small   Tue Oct 22, 2013 9:51 pm

I'm sure like every bloke on this planet you will have a can of WD-40 in the bathroom cabinet, right next to the Viagra!emb2  Keeps everything ship-shape. So I'm told.
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