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Tuesday September 16 2014

We have most of us seen these tiny little cars they make nowadays, which are about half the length of regular cars.  A seemingly obvious usefulness of such vehicles, aside from them using half the metal and less money and power to make them and move them, is that they can be parked at ninety degrees to regular parking, which does away with the need for all that “parking” and doubles (and more) the amount of space available for everyone to park in.

But you seldom see such cars actually parked liked that, and when you do …:

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… (as I did about a week ago near to where I live) you realise that this is actually a much more complicated arrangement than it might at first appear to be.

Suppose you see a half-parking-space, between two other cars, and you park your half-car in that space, at ninety degrees to those two cars.

You just might be making it impossible for one or even both of those cars to get out, unless you do first.  I mean, maybe the car beyond the half-car above can get out.  Maybe those two cars are cooperatively parked, so to speak, with both vehicles arriving and leaving at the same time.  But maybe the bigger car arrived first and will want to leave first, and was relying on being able to move backwards to get out, in which case …

Which actually makes me think this was cooperative parking, by the two vehicles in concert.  Otherwise there would be just too much potential grief involved.

I can’t think, off hand, of an easy way to sort all this out.  So, just as well it’s not my job to worry about such things.

There is also the fact that the half-car in my picture, isn’t actually quite a half-car, more like a two-fifths- three-fifths- or three-quarters-car, and it sticks out annoyingly.  This doesn’t matter much in a big wide road like the one shown, but in other roads it might matter a lot.

Good photo, good note idea.

Tiny typo:
should be 3/5 (>1/2) not 2/5:
“more like a two-fifths- or three-quarters-car”

Posted by Tom on 24 September 2014

Tom

Thanks for the error spotting.  Corrected, but in a way that leaves the error there, so you don’t look like you’re complaining about nothing.

Posted by Brian Micklethwait on 24 September 2014

Hopefully the two cars worked together! There’s nothing worse than not being able to get out of your parking space.

What do you think about potentially repainting the parking space lines to accommodate for half-cars like this one? They are becoming much more popular, after all.

Posted by BRAKEmax on 26 September 2014
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