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SOAPBOX: Can you park your big, dirty 4WD elsewhere thanks?

Ann Rickard thinks 4WD's shouldn't be able to park next to smaller cars in shopping centres? Do you agree?
Ann Rickard thinks 4WD's shouldn't be able to park next to smaller cars in shopping centres? Do you agree? Anthony Reginato

IT SENDS my heart pounding faster than usual, but not in a good way. It makes my blood boil and my pulse race.

It is the taking of your dirty great big four-wheel drive into busy supermarket car parks. Car spaces in shopping centres are tight and difficult to negotiate in ordinary circumstances.

But when you have an enormous Land Rover with a huge bumper bar on one side of you, and a gigantic ute with a fearsome dog in the back on the other - and you are in a modest sedan - it is frightening to try to get out.

You can't see a thing.

RESPONSE: 4WD QUEENSLAND RESPONSES TO ANN'S OPINION

 

 

Little old ladies like me (actually I am big...but still an old lady) find it very scary to back out of tight car spaces at the best of times.

I check mirrors, look backwards, forwards, over my shoulder and then cautiously begin to reverse.

But imagine how frightening it is for me way down there in my low-slung Hyundai blinded by towering SUVs. I feel as though I am in a fathomless canyon flanked by the Rocky Mountains.

It is absolutely impossible to see what might be approaching in either direction.

I have tried going to the supermarket early and parking in spots slackers avoid because they don't like to walk a few extra metres. I find a space with no one around me and I am a happy old lady.

But by the time I get back to the car with my groceries I am surrounded by immense trucks.

I will have my revenge on you four-wheel drive owners in a few years when I am a really old lady and owner of a mobility scooter.

I will run over your toes in the supermarket and you will be too frightened of my grand age and glinting eye to say a word.

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