In my neighborhood, I live on the main drag. It’s one of two ways in to get to about 17 cul-de-sacs. Between 2:30 and 3:30 every day, I take my life into my hands when I try and back out of my driveway.
When I think mini-van, I think convenience, affordability, and lots of kids
and the end of your youth. Which means the mini-van is usually being driven by a mom. Meaning that the mom should want to drive safely driving her precious cargo around- right? WRONG! These women (and I do know that they are women because I can see them) drive down my residential neighborhood going at least 50 mph.
I will be backing out of my driveway for some reason or another and I have a lot of places to look, about 6 different directions. Just when I see it’s all clear, a mini-van comes barreling down the street and I have to slam on my brakes. Heaven forbid I have my children in the front yard. They know better than to go in the street, lest I might beat them, but it always scares me when the mini-van brigade starts. My kids will even yell that the people are being bad drivers!
My next beef with mini-vans is their ability to park. I am assuming they don’t worry so much about parking correctly in the lanes because the back doors slide open and they don’t need to worry about hitting the car next to them with the door, but it doesn’t make it any easier for ME to get in and out of my car. (Because it’s all about me, right?)
I find more mini-vans parked crooked in the lanes, or right on the line than any other car, including BMWs and Mercedes! My husband drives a Chevy 1600 truck. It’s hard for me to drive, let alone park. When I do drive it
I sit on a towel to prop me up higher I park away from other cars because I know I am not going to park it well. That way when I am on the line, there are no cars next to me. I even try and pull all the way through so I don’t have to back out. I have not been afforded the same courtesy by mini-van drivers. (The only people who are worse are short women driving trucks). There have been times when I have had to have my kids climb in from the other side and buckle them from inside the car instead of outside.
Maybe the mini-vans need to be a little narrower…or the drivers need to be a little better. Or maybe I should just start dinging their cars with my doors when they park badly. (I think I like that more)