Our kids go to a large suburban primary school. It has over 800 pupils at the moment which means a whole crowd of parents dropping off kids in the morning and then picking up at the end of the day.
A lot of these parents drive, which means they also need to park. And sometimes they need to be more careful not to inconvenience residents and other vehicles as they park. There is always plenty of parking if you go a bit further from the school gate ,but sometimes they might have to park as far as 5 minutes away from the school and -gasp-walk!
Unfortunately not all parents think about other people. Some of them are only worried about making sure their little darling’s legs don’t fall off.
Here is a good example of what happens when someone parks too close to the corner of our narrow suburban roads. The highway code advises that you should not park closer than 10 metres to a junction or opposite one and this shows why.
There is a driveway on the corner of the left hand of this photo. The BMW is parked right up against that dropped curb, probably because there had been another car behind them.
Along comes one of the school buses that had taken some of our children out for the day and it simply can’t get around the corner. It was stuck there for a good 10 minutes, with traffic backing up behind it.
Finally the car on the right moved and the bus driver could swing around and head off, late for his next job. A stream of angry drivers followed him, also late for where ever they were going next.
Nobody ever saw the driver of the BMW, so they probably went on their merry way oblivious to the chaos they had caused. Maybe next time they might come back to a damaged car.