Unwritten car parking rules of New Zealand


Yesterday I was giving my daughter yet another driving lesson and after an encounter in the undercover Countdown carpark she told me that I should write a post about the unwritten car parking rules of New Zealand. My unwritten rules may be different to your unwritten rules but I think it is time to open the discussion because some of you insist on breaking them!

Rule number one: You do not reverse into a carpark you missed when there is someone in the correct place behind you indicating to turn into it. You were too slow so you missed out Nah Nah nh?na na.

Rule number two: ?If you have a small/ short car do not park all the way at the end of the carpark so that someone looking for a park thinks that your car space is empty. Getting someones’s hopes up like that only to dash them when they get closer is just mean!

Rule number three: Do not park over the lines so that the next car has to squeeze into the tiny space left forcing the driver to either squeeze out the driver’s side door or put their back out trying to twist across to the passenger side door to exit that way.

Rule number four: Do not drive a motorbike. Nothing is more aggravating than a motorbike taking up an entire carpark when carparks are in short supply. Organ donors such as yourself should have their own parking spaces.The clue is in the word, CAR-park. Yes, I am talking to you Mister and I don’t care which leather-clad gang you belong to.

Rule number five: If two cars are trying to grab the same carpark from opposite sides the one that indicated first gets it. Being there first does not count if you failed to indicate. The only time this rule does not apply is when the owner of the non-indicating car looks mad.

Rule number six: Parallel parking is an art form. Some of you can only get into one by backing in which puts you at a great disadvantage.Parallel parks go to the driver who can get into them first and that is always the driver like me who can do it front ways. I can’t tell you how many times a driver drove ahead of the carpark, stopped, prepared to indicate and then back into the park only to glance into the rear vision mirror to see that I was already in it. Drivers with the skills to get into a parallel park front ways always win.

Rule number seven: When two cars arrive at the same time and indicate to go into a carpark the biggest car wins. Yes, you heard me right. If I am driving a great big Ute and you are in a little hatchback the carpark is mine. Deal with it.