(Closed) If someone’s house has available street parking, do you park in their driveway?

posted 7 years ago in Home
  • poll: Do you park in the driveway if street parking is available (when visiting someone)
    usually : (35 votes)
    36 %
    never : (32 votes)
    33 %
    only if the driveway is really long : (10 votes)
    10 %
    only if I ask first or am spending the night : (21 votes)
    21 %
  • Post # 3
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: January 2011

    I have no problem parking in the driveway or if someone were to park in mine.  I especially do it for a party if I know many people are coming over. 

    To answer your concerns though, it’s really not that hard to ask someone to move their car if needed.  The only person inconvenienced is the person whose car it is.  Usually if you invite people over you aren’t going anywhere.

    Post # 4
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    2408 posts
    Buzzing bee

    The only time I park in the driveway is if I know I won’t be there for long, but this really only applies to a couple of my friends’ houses. Otherwise I park on the street

    Post # 5
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    2496 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: January 1991

    I do usually park on the street if I do happen to go to a home with street parking.  But, most houses I visit have no option but to park in the driveway.

    Post # 6
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    9056 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2010

    No, I’d probably park on the road unless I knew the parking situation and that it was ok to park in the driveway.

    Post # 7
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    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    It all depends on how long I plan to stay and my relationship with them. If I’m gonna be in and out then I can park in the driveway because I know I’ll be on my way shortly. BUt I usually ask the best place to park

    Post # 8
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    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I would clarify first that it was ok to park in the driveway-i.e. no one needed to get out

     Why leave driveway space empty and take up a spot  on the street that someone else might need?

    Post # 9
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    2522 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 2013

    Maybe it’s just me, but I grew up off a county road, not in a subdivision so on-street parking wasn’t available.  To me it’s perfectly normal to park in the driveway.  I will say though that if it’s a subdivision or otherwise small driveway, then I’ll usually park in the street.

    EDIT: My question is, why would you invite someone over and then need to leave?  Unless your SO is leaving?

    EDIT #2: It also depends on the familiarity of the person and the reason why I’m there, like if it’s a party or not?

    Post # 10
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    1723 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I park in the driveway unless told otherwise before hand.  I have this fear of someone hitting my car if I leave it on the street.

    Post # 12
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    3871 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    Ok, I’m slightly confused.  You say ‘someone’ like you don’t know this person.  There is no way I would park in someone’s driveway that I don’t know. 

    If it were a friend’s driveway or someone that was expecting me, then maybe.  If I know their husband or SO isn’t home yet, then I’ll try to find visitor or street parking.  Plus, if they have a garage, I don’t want to block their spot if they plan to pull into their garage.

    ETA: Also, if they have a really long driveway, then yeah, I’ll park in their driveway.  If they have a one spot driveway, then I’ll most likely won’t park. Also, if i’m not sure, I’ll call them before I park my car to double check.

    Post # 13
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    Wow I had never really thought about this. I usually park in the driveway, but part of that may be because I grew up in a really dangerous area and you usually wanted your car as close to the house as possible. Now that I live in a safe area, I hope no one thinks I’m rude for parking in the driveway!

    Post # 14
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    I put never but it depends. If I won’t be blocking anyone/blocked by anyone I will occasionally park in the driveway. Also if its a quick stop by I may park in the driveway if its a pretty busy street. If I know a lot of people are coming I usually park on the street to avoid getting blocked in and usually get there early to ensure a spot in front of their house. 

    Post # 15
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 2013

    @red_rose:  That makes sense if you have roommates or other people.  I wouldn’t park in the drive-way if I knew if one SO had to leave or arrive.

    Post # 16
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2013 - An amazing non-profit retreat

    My neighbours used to have parties on Wednesday nights and their friends would park in front of our house… we have a gravel lot with space for about 3 cars. I would get home from my fitness class and not have a space to park. In front of my own house. They kept on doing it too, so I finally went over there and explained that it’s not public parking.

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