Boone Central Parking
The Recurring Dilemma
Parking at Boone Central High School has been a recurring issue as long as I can remember. With each returning class, as well as the new freshmen, it does not seem as though all the students can figure out how to park. As a senior, I have seen it all: parking on top of curbs, taking up two spots, near-car crashes, and off-angle parking. Unfortunately, I am guilty of parking ignorantly sometimes as well. Every student is guilty of a bad parking job every once in awhile. There are minor changes that can be made to improve the parking dilemma at Boone Central High.
The first step to a good parking job is to drive slowly and carefully. "Whipping in" to a spot is a recipe for disaster. When you pull into a spot too rapidly, you are at risk of not only hitting the cars parked around you, but also a bad parking job. Taking your time and watching the lines as you park are two useful keys in perfecting your parking skills. If you cannot see both sides of your spacial limit, yield to the line that you can see. If you are within the one line, you are most likely inside the other as well. You are better off being closer to one side of the parking spot rather than just "winging it" and hoping that you are within your boundaries.
The second step to a good parking job is to park at the same angle or direction as the other cars that already occupy spots. If you park next to a vehicle that is at a right-slant, it is unnecessary to park at a left-slant angle. The only thing accomplished by parking opposite the car next to you is that you stir up the anger of upperclassmen and underclassmen alike. To the majority of students, your bad parking job is not very comical.
If your parking skills are a result of driver's anxiety or lack of experience, you may be best suited parking in the back of the parking lot and walking the distance to the front doors. Parking up front only causes more poor parking jobs for the decent drivers at school. When one parks bad, the others after them have to park poorly also. Staff and fellow students encourage freshmen drivers under the age of sixteen to park towards the back end of the parking lot. Seniors have driven these streets for much longer than the underclassmen, so we encourage seniors to get the front parking spots.
Your time will come for you to park up front, after you have practiced your parking skills in the back. Until then, practice makes perfect... as long as you take your time, yield to the parking around you, and please, stay off of the curbs.