Has anyone else noticed the lack of parking lot etiquette these days? Used to, if you were driving the aisles and someone was in reverse and halfway out of their space, you stopped and let them out. Not anymore. Now people expect the person backing out to notice everything. In fact, I had a person the other day turn down the aisle while I was halfway out of my space and honk at me to stop as they drove past! Really?
Pedestrians are the same way. I’ve noticed lately that even if you look both ways and start to back out, often someone just keeps walking behind your car anyway, sometimes without even a glance around them. Parents don’t even seem to be teaching small children to notice a running car–especially with its reverse lights on–which is particularly dangerous for those not tall enough to be easily spotted by a driver in the rearview mirror or out the back window. What happened to stopping? Or even to walking around the front of the exiting car?
Have we really become in such a hurry, so focused on ourselves, that we don’t have a moment or two to extend kind curtesy to a stranger, not to mention keep ourselves and our children out of the path of danger? And if this attitude is so prevalent now, what will happen as future generations enter the world of licensed drivers?