Few things are as risky as a high school parking lot. Driving the smallest car in the school almost triples that risk around where I am. Known as "That Chick With The Smart Car" or "That Crazy Chick With The Tiny Car", I've gotten my share of glares, and aggravated beeping, and mostly snarky comments about whether my car will make it over the speed mountain the city placed in front of our school.
Usually, I attempt to get one of the closer, end spaces, within view of the far windows so that I can make sure no one has attempted to tip my car over, or put it on the lawn, or hang it in a tree (I've gotten threats for all of these, usually half hearted jokes, but one can never be to careful). However, on days like today, that isn't a real viable option. Since the upper half of the lot was packed, I ended up taking one of the lower parking spaces. While gathering my things together, who should pull in beside me but two of the big pick up trucks. This was not my fault, nor was it my first pick of who pulled in beside me. What am I to do but throw my car in reverse, and back up to the point that I'm visible? As annoying as it is, it's no where near as annoying as trying to get out of a spot.
When everyone is rushing home, or to work, or to practice, being the smallest car is definitely a down point of my day. The massive blind spots in the back have a tendancy to block out one of the crucial sides of my view when trying to back out- a major inconvienience, and something that has merited several well deserved beeps in my direction.
The benefits of a Smart car in a high parking lot, is definitely the maneuverability. Zipping around the cars that wait in the same space near the entrance to the school, instead of waiting for people to move a little to fit a wider car through, has saved me both time and frustration. Of course, the same maneuverability is countered by the constant speed changes, and the stop and go traffic of a parking lot.
Another major hazard probably merits the most dangerous hazard as well. When exiting the school lot, everyone is met by the shiny yellow behind of the ever popular school bus, something that would turn my car into a convertible, and me into Marie Antoinette. Being nearly twice a smart in width, and 5 times that in length, these monsters are sure to squish me like a bug. Not to say that most bus drivers aren't very cautious, always on the look out for kids running to and fro, but sometimes, the tiny red car behind them is the very last thing on their minds.
All in all, it's fairly dangerous in a school lot, regardless on the size of your car. But sometimes it's just a little more hazardous for those few drivers who drive a strange car, or are on a similarly small transportation device.