This blog post is going to be your go-to guide for parking lot etiquette in 2021, so you can avoid that awkward moment when a nearby driver gives you an angry stare. The rules of the parking lot have changed considerably over the years. Gone are the days where drivers can pull into any spot they please. Nowadays, there are designated spaces for those with disabilities, those who need more time loading their children from car seats, and those who just can’t physically walk that far.

Rules of the Parking Lot

Respect others Be considerate of others in the parking lot. You wouldn’t park in front of a pedestrian on the sidewalk or front of a cyclist, so why park in front of someone in a wheelchair? Stop the argument and find another spot. That being said, for the most part, pedestrians will have the right of way when they’re crossing the street. Yes, the cars move faster than you might think. A good rule of thumb is to keep your vehicle a little more than two feet behind pedestrians walking or biking on the sidewalk. Be courteous to other drivers The lines of the parking lot aren’t painted on the pavement, they’re painted on the windshield.

The “Loading Zone”

This space is for those who have to load their child and take them inside to the store. This may include parents with strollers and other big carriers. Many grocery stores now provide a second load-in option for these shoppers, so they don’t have to wait in the endless traffic jam. “The Regular Parking Space” This space is the spot for drivers who have put a certain amount of time into the parking lot. There’s a maximum amount of time that these drivers can stay in this spot, and when it’s time to leave, they have to move. It’s a bit of a waiting game, but they have been trained to wait until the end of the line. The “Exit Only Parking Space” This space is for those who have only a few minutes to complete their shopping, and it’s not worth paying extra for a close parking spot.

How to be a courteous driver

In the comments, I want to hear from you! What do you think of these new rules for the parking lot? Did they make driving in parking lots better, worse, or the same? Let me know what you think in the comments, and please do keep in mind that everyone has a different perspective and I’m simply reporting what I have observed over the past year.

How to be a courteous passenger

Whether you are in a car, on a bike, or on foot, we all play a part in making our roadways safer. When riding in a car, remember that the driver will be turning to the left as soon as they are past a stop sign, making your task much easier. Vehicles can get boxed in at intersections This parking lot etiquette issue is most frequently encountered at intersections. When a car enters an intersection and the other vehicle does not stop for them, they can be more nervous about waiting for the other driver to move. And this can lead to serious injury and even death if the waiting driver doesn’t know this pattern and mistakenly thinks the car is just going to keep going when they aren’t.


2019 was a good year for you because you realized you were wrong to judge others without even knowing their stories. And 2019 will be a good year for you again because you realized it is up to you to save the world from itself.