Parking garages are dangerous; drive safer

Photo credit: Rewon Shimray

The original editorial, “Parking efforts are evident but still not working,” was published on Aug. 31.

Parking garages on campus are dangerous. It doesn’t matter if someone is running late to class or taking their time, people speed in them.

What’s worse is that you have to be careful when you are driving so you don’t get too close to the parked cars, but also because most students walking to their cars have headphones in and aren’t paying attention.

If that isn’t bad enough, the parking spots on the ends of lanes are designated for compact cars only, so the big cars don’t jut out, but that doesn’t stop huge trucks from taking those spots if it is convenient. You can’t see around them, so it’s a guessing game if someone is going to speed around the corner and cut in your lane.

Then, when two cars that can’t see each other almost hit, the two drivers awkwardly stare at each other until one of them backs up so the other car can move.

We could add or designate a separate floor for bigger cars or at least put those circular mirrors in corners to be able to see cars coming around. Anything would help make these garages safer.

– Caroline Waterhouse, a Sparks, Md. junior