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Parking Garage Etiquette

The choice to live in a luxury apartment community is about more than just finding the right number of bedrooms and bathrooms. It is about living with comfort and convenience, with on-site amenities to enhance your lifestyle. Safe, easily-accessible parking garages are one of the many upscale features that some of our UDR properties offer, making it easy to get where you need to go without worrying about the unexpected elements of nature. Even though residents have their own assigned spaces, parking garages are still considered a community space. Make sure you are familiar with the do’s and don’ts of apartment parking garage etiquette so that you stay on good terms with your neighbors.

Do park straight. Few things are more annoying finding that you can’t open your door all the way because your neighbor has parked too close. Show your neighbors the same courtesy that you expect and park your car straight and evenly between the lines.

Don’t drive fast. Keep your speed low and always be alert to what is going on around you. Generally speaking, you should never drive faster than 15 MPH in any parking garage. This will prevent potential fender benders as well as auto-pedestrian accidents.

Don’t be a podestrian. Garage etiquette isn’t limited to drivers. Pedestrians should be on the lookout for cars as well. Don’t walk through the garage listening to music or Podcasts as this can prevent you from hearing an approaching vehicle. Texting while walking in a garage is also be dangerous.

Don’t be too noisy. Noise in garages tends to bounce off of the concrete, amplifying the sound. Just because you are awake at 5 A.M. to go to work doesn’t mean that everyone else in the complex is. Be respectful of your neighbors and don’t rev your engine excessively or turn your music up to loud. Similarly, if you and your friends are coming in after a late night out, keep your conversations quiet.

Do check your rearview mirror. Before you buckle up and back out of that parking space, always look behind you. The majority of garage parking accidents occur when a car backing out of a space doesn’t see another vehicle driving in the aisle.

It doesn’t matter if you drive a Ferrari or a Focus, it is important to follow the guidelines of garage parking. Doing so will make your commute and your community more enjoyable.

Are there any dos and don’ts that we missed? Feel free to add to the list by leaving a comment.