Somebody found my blog while searching for “Handicap Parking Etiquette.” I thought this was SUCH a good topic–especially since even people in my own family are confused by the rules. I’m going to share some of my thoughts and then if you have something to add, please go ahead and leave it in the comments.
- Don’t use the spot unless you really need it.
- Don’t use a van space if you’re not driving a van–the van people really need the space.
- Don’t park on the stripey lines next to the van spots–that’s for loading and unloading a wheelchair.
- If you see a van with a wheelchair sticker on the side, try not to park near it–it means that’s where the chair loads and unloads.
- Don’t put your shopping cart in handicap spaces. Be grateful you can walk and put that baby where it belongs.
- Don’t put your shopping cart in the stripey places either.
- The disabled person has to be in the car. The tag alone is not enough.
- Don’t be upset if a police officer has to see your Disabled ID–that keeps things fair.
I hope this helps! Please add anything I may have forgotten or even disagree with me (nicely) in the comments.