This article was originally published many years ago.
Don’t Park in the Driveway?
This sounds like a dull topic, but the type of responses we get, keep getting better by the day. This issue is the least clear cut, and most confusing issue that notaries face. Yet, so few notaries ever have this issue cross their mind.
Don’t Park in the Driveway.
Its rude and unprofessional to park in the driveway. You are leaking fluids on someone’s driveway, preventing them and their family from parking there, and potentially blocking someone. But, sometimes, there are situations where you should park in the driveway. You could make several Seinfeld episodes out of this topic. There is a general rule, and there are dozens of exceptions.
(1) I’m confused, isn’t that what driveways are for? No! The driveway is for the borrower to park in, not the signing agent. You are a guest, and not the resident. Don’t park there without permission, and don’t ask permission unlesss you really have to.
(2) In regards to “Don’t park in the driveway”, please be aware that many gated communities have banned on-street parking. Check with the homeowner if street parking is allowed when you make the confirmation call. (This is true especially in Florida.)
(3) In regards to “Don’t park in the driveway”……where I live most of the time that is ONLY place to park. When I was a new signing agent, that piece of information caused me a lot of stress, but have since realized that I have to do what I have to do. I try not to block in vehicles, but that isn’t always possible.
(4) If there is a snow storm, you need to park in the driveway, otherwise the snow plow will cover your car with snow.
(5) In rural communities, driveways might be more than a half a mile long, so it behooves you to park in the driveway in such a situation. In winter, it wouldn’t be safe to walk up such a long driveway.
(6) Some notaries say, they always park in driveways taking care not to block someone in and never had any trouble. Other notaries say that they would never park in someone’s driveway no matter what.
(7) One lady says that a customer complained that she parked in the street instead of the driveway.
(8) There might be signs on the street not allowing street parking. That means you are forced to park on the driveway.
(9) In some neighborhoods the streets are very narrow, making it a better choice to park in the driveway.
The bottom line is that if you value etiquette and manners, and take them to the highest level, just ask where the borrower would like you to park, and then everyone will love you, and might even love your leaking coolant too!