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Parking lot rumbles
This is by far the most difficult time of year for drivers. Rapidly changing, unpredictable weather patterns can turn a decent drive into a nightmare within seconds. We are also driving in the dark each morning as we go to work, and in the evening when we are heading home. And let’s not forget the effect the build up to Christmas has on our ability to focus on driving. Many of us are distracted, and at times completely overwhelmed by everything that needs to be done. Christmas shopping provides its own challenges to drivers. Not only are we looking for that perfect gift, we also need to track down that very hard to come by parking spot!! This frantic search can turn even the most docile driver into an aggressive predator. I remember one year driving around a shopping mall parking lot for ages. Twice, already, I had given up a spot to a more aggressive rival. The third time I was not giving in. I eyed my opponent as we both waited for the car to back out. I gesticulated to the other driver that this was my spot and he gesticulated back. I shook my head and mouthed “No. This is MY spot”. He must have seen the fire in my eyes because he sped off, squealing his wheels in the process. Did I enjoy my hard fought victory? No. As I shopped my imagination ran wild. What if the other driver is so angry that he “keys” my car, or breaks a window, or worse…is waiting for me when I return? Could I handle a parking lot rumble? As it turned out all my worrying was for naught. My car was untouched and no one was hovering in the shadows; no one that is except for two anxious motorists vying for my spot. Do you have a Christmas parking lot story?