There’s nothing quite as relaxing to the nervous system as a completely empty parking lot. Don’t pretend you don’t know what I mean. Even the self-professed reverse parking enthusiasts among us surely can’t deny that squeezing into a tight spot gives rise to a cortisol spike. And while this may be useful for getting the job done, it isn’t exactly a relaxed experience.
With an empty lot, on the other hand, you just glide in anywhere you want – heck, take up two spaces if you feel so inclined. There’s no need to conduct a rapid analysis of the car parking design to generate a turning circle diagram in your mind’s eye. Nor is there much cause for concern about being on the wrong end of a scraping incident. That is, unless it’s the kind of empty car park frequented by local hoodlums with malicious intent, in which case you might end up with a different kind of cortisol spike.
In fairness, there is a kind of ‘safety in numbers’ when it comes to car parking. But honestly, how often has your car been vandalised? Unless you’re one of an unlucky few, I’m willing to bet the answer is never. While I’m no traffic engineer or consultant, Melbourne isn’t exactly a hot-spot for car park vandalism (relatively speaking), so I’m pretty sure I’m right about this.
Back to my original point, which is simply that an empty car park equals a calm mind. There’s something so zen-feeling about coming across such a situation; it’s basically unparalleled by any other experience I can think of. With so many people not going to their usual place of work at the moment, I’m seeing more and more empty car parks, and I want everyone to take advantage of them to grab a slice of that sweet, sweet stress reduction. Well, not everyone, obviously. That would defeat the purpose.