How to Drive and Park in a Parking Garage

I thought I’d remind people of the rules for driving in a parking garage.   They’re not that much different than regular driving rules, really.

  1. Stay on the right side of the road.  The same rules apply as if you were driving on the street.  If you were in England, you’d drive on the left; if you knew you were the only person in the garage, you could drive in the middle; but barring those two situations, you should drive on the right.
  2. Neither drive as fast as you can, recklessly disregarding the possibility that someone might be around the corner, nor go incredibly slow, tentatively hoping that you will find a spot.  Try to strike a balance between the two extremes.
  3. It may not be worth it to sit there forever and wait for people who get into their cars to leave so that you can get their spots.  Why not just drive to the first spot that’s already open?  You might find that even though you have to park on a higher level, it might be just as close if not closer to the stairway or elevator so you won’t have to walk as much.

This was inspired by the parking garage in Bethesda between Bethesda Ave., Woodmont Ave., and Elm Street.  I know, I need to find more inspirational things to write about.

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