It is all down to personal preference. I personally, would only park there if the car park is empty-ish. If it's busy or prime time I wouldn't. I do see a lot of people park there though, car seat in car.. no child/baby..
As a mother I have to say I disagree. The spaces are there for us to bs able to get children in and out safely with the extra space for opening the doors fully. The spaces are near the shops so we don't have to cross too many road with children so people abusing the spaces actually puts my dd at a greater risk.
If you're struggling to get in/out park further away in the car park to gve you move room.
Sorry but it's really frustrating when I have to part in far corners to make sure I can get lo in and out then contend with traffic around the car park too.
Well i am a mum too and also find it frustrating if im with my lo and i cant get a child parking space. I dont mind walking a bit a the mo even though i suffer from mild spd too, but where i go the car park is full up even in the far away slots. Im just fed up of being squashed and physically being squashed in between cars; once, the car was so close i couldnt get out and had to reverse and go. x
It isn't selfish at all. People managed to push prams across the car park before these spaces exist. I can't push my giant bump in a pram, I have to carry it myself.
Generally it's not about the distance - its about the space needed for getting the child and sometimes car seat out of the car. I can push a pram across the car park happily if only they'd put the spaces further away, it's the extra wide space that is the benefit.
To the OP - if you feel you need to use them and are comfortable doing so, then do so. You can probably expect mucky looks from people who've not had SPD or think its a case of laziness rather than needing the extra space but I can't imagine the stores moving you on.
I personally wouldn't use them if I didn't have LO with me but can understand why some bump-tastic ladies might X
ive seen lots of people use child spaces when they clearly havent even got a childand this enrages me.If i think the normal spaces are wide enough i will park there, but like i said, sometimes, they are so close i cant actually get out!! I would park on two spaces but i dont like to do this x
I don't drive but if I'm with my dad, he'll park in those spaces and so will OH when I'm with him, but only if we have alot of stuff to get, like when we went to ikea. Otherwise, he'll just pull out, let me get out and park and do the same for when we leave.
If I drove, I would use them while pregnant if I had alot of stuff to get, like a weekly shop or something. I wouldn't feel guilty because there's nothing to feel guilty about. Walking a far distance when pregnant is sometimes impossible, esp with a trolley. So yeah. I wouldn't feel guilty.
i couldnt disagree with this more sorry but it makes me so mad whn people park there without their kids these bays are not just designed to be bigger but they are by a kurb and have special crosing points so people can get heir kids out the care safely and stand them on the kurb while they are locking up or getting otherkids out then they can get accross thr oads safely.
TBH i wouldnt even care if the bays were not bigger as i can get infant car seat of back of car in a normal bay i just like the fact i can stand my 5 year old son on a curb were he is safe while i get lo's out of car i know hes not stood in the road so i dont have to rush etc
if im not with kids then OH will take up 2 bays as i have spd and i cant get out the car unless the door is fully open and he has to come and stand infromt of me sometimes and help me stand up so need the space i would never park in the parent bay for this reason. if people can walk all round the supermarket/shopping centre with spd they can walk from the other side of the car park in my opinion
If I got to Tesco I normally always park in parent and child now I have a bump and SPD. I have a permit for it and asked them and they said its for expectant mothers and already mothers so I should continue to park there no problem. Sarahtia, your tesco must be very different to mine!
p.s Im not selfish, Im fat and in pain.x
i work for my local tesco and i know what the rules are for these spaces so yeh they must be different they are for mother and babies up to toddlers!! i dont make the rules but i do know the rules which are in place. people who are pregnant have been asked to move which i have seen. why would i make it up!!!
Errr, when did I say you made it up I just posted what I was told by Tesco where I live and said its obviously different where you are cause there is no way at mine that they would tell you to move! My permit states I can park there anyway so I know Im not doing anything I shouldnt no matter which branch I park in.
at my asda they have a parking attendant and he will tell you to move out the parent bay if you dont have any kids with you under 12 unless you have a disability badge and there are no disability spaces if you refuse to move he gives you a £60 fine
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