It is one of the most frustrating aspects of parking.
You've parked up in a space with plenty of room either side and return to your car later to find you can't open the door – you're boxed in.
A bad driver taking up two parking bays, someone who forgot to pull up their handbrake, someone parking too far up a curb, or the most annoying of all the parking crimes – being boxed in.
This is what happened in Royston last week and a frustrated driver left a note on the offending car's windscreen.
It said: "Please be more respectful to other people next time you park your car!
"You parked so close to my car on my driver's side I couldn't even open my door to get in and had to climb across my passenger seat! With great difficulty."
But the recipient of the note took to Facebook to give his side of the story.
The man, who asked to remain anonymous, said: "To the person leaving this note on my car (silver Tiguan), you might just want to assess your own parking before dishing out notes.
"Mine is parked slightly over right at the front to attempt to compensate for your awful parking and for the car to the right.
"It's not my fault the car parking spaces are narrow, but mine is still where it should be……oh, I've also got parking mode on my dashcam, if I find any damage to my car, I'll be forwarding the footage (where captured) to the police. Thanks."
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What the experts say
The RAC Foundation says there are more cars and bigger vehicles on the road but parking spaces haven't increased in size.
That's what can trigger the parking rage.
Philip Gomm, of the RAC Foundation, said: "It’s unsurprising that something that should be as inconsequential as parking now generates such high emotions given that not only are there more cars than ever before, but they are getting bigger.
"The Ford Escort of 1968 was five feet wide. Today’s Ford Focus is about six feet wide.
“Unfortunately many car park spaces haven’t similarly been increased in size and of course the bigger they are, the fewer of them there will be.”
Here are a few more badly parked cars
This is a tight squeeze!
There's a lot of bad parking near Waterbeach rail station
That's just greedy
It's for cyclists
Boxed in your drive
Another aspect of parking that can infuriate is blocked driveways.
So, what can be done?
What you're allowed to do… and what should you avoid?
- You can't vandalise their cars. Even seemingly minor things like spraying chip fat on the windscreen or blocking the exhaust could still be classed as vandalism and could have very serious consequences.
- If a vehicle is parked on your driveway without your permission, they would be trespassing. As trespassing is a civil and not criminal offence the police will not always get involved. They can send an officer to try and determine the owner of the vehicle and ask them to move.
- If someone's actually ON your driveway, and you fancy blocking them in as revenge, be careful not to cause an obstruction on the highway. This is a criminal offence, and the police can be called.
- A homeowner has no special legal right to park directly outside their property. All road users have the same right to park anywhere on the public highway as long as they do not contravene parking restrictions.
- If you want to keep a space outside your home using cones or another obstacle could be viewed as obstruction and leave you liable to prosecution – unless your local authority has granted you the right to do so for something like a funeral.
- Definitely don't ram any cars or tow them away. The only exception to towing is if the police deem it to be abandoned – and then only they can get rid of it.