I have come to loathe "compact car" spaces in parking lots for a variety of reasons, including:
- Everyone seems to think their car is "compact." Yes, your Hummer H3 is a lot smaller than the other two models, but that doesn't mean you can squeeze it into a six-foot-wide space.
- The spaces don't take into account that you have to get in and out of your car once you're parked. I've had to force myself to stop caring about all the door dings regularly inflicted upon my car.
- There's no room for error. Parking even a little to one side or, heaven forbid, crookedly, is a recipe for disaster.
I drive a very small car, a Honda Insight hybrid that's less than 5-and-a-half feet wide. Even I can't comfortably park in many compact car spaces, particularly if someone is already parked in a neighboring spot.
Yesterday I parked in a compact car spot and returned later to find that the car to my left was way over the dividing line and just inches from mine. Not only did I have to crawl in via the passenger door, but I also had to fold in my side mirror to keep from hitting the other car's mirror as I backed out. I can't imagine someone getting out of his or her car, noting that parking job and thinking, "Looks good!"
It's almost as bad as when I used to parallel park every day when I was in college. Within one semester, paint on the edges of both my bumpers had been scraped off by other drivers.
I don't know that there's any good solution at hand, but I guess I'll just have to start making a point of parking away from other people or in the larger spots. Grumble, grumble.