Posted: 21/04/2013 at 14:48
I used to be a right whizz with the parallel parking when we lived down a narrow cul-de-sac with parking allowed on half the pavement.
Since we moved to somewhere with a drive, open roads & few cars I've gone native & just "drive it in & dump it" - Actually I don't, but I don't take quite the trouble that I would in town.
I'm a very polite driver & always wave & smile if someone lets me out, hubby (passenger) does too, if he's nearer. He's a great "door holder-opener" receiving varying degrees of thanks (never abuse fortunately) & I always hold doors & thank those who do.
Politeness costs nothing, however if I'm in a shop or walking along the pavement & people are slow I (so my Mum used to tell me!!) tend to barge through. When she was in a wheelchair & we took her out everybody was exceptionally helpful - it was really noticeable.