The Unwritten Rules of the School Parking Lot

Because some things just have to be said…


Olivia Kucsik

Put y’alls seat belts on, it’s time to discuss the unwritten rules of the CCHS parking lot. 

If you have any questions on what an unwritten rule is, chances are you are breaking one of the rules we are discussing today. But, to put it plainly, an unwritten rule is a rule of society that is not enforced by any organization or person, but subconsciously something as a society we have decided to enforce. For example, covering your mouth with your elbow as you sneeze. 

With our seat belts on and mirrors now adjusted, let’s head to the school’s parking lot. The land of luxury cars and lemons.  It is where all licensed drivers with friends in tow, start their day at Capital City.

Here’s my proposed set of unwritten rules.

#1 Don’t honk unless it is called for.
It is 8 o’clock in the morning. Though I love the enthusiasm, and I will contend, the first few honks are funny, the joke is dead. Also, it is important to note that there is a purpose for actually honking. Use your horn to alert and prevent collisions.

#2 Stop tailgating.
This is high school, not the Chief’s game. Pack it up Patrick Mahomes. Let’s save it for college.

#3 Don’t play your music so loud we can hear it.
Although we would all rather be at a rave, the parking lot is not the place to do it. Practice the DJ-ing skills somewhere else.

#4 Make some space.
Our school’s parking lot is cesspool of risk. The driver’s have a max of 3-years driving. Everyday without a wreck is pure luck. However, a simple fix to pesky door dings is get this: park within the designated lines and give others enough room to even get out.

#5 The Zipper Method
Once 3:39 PM hits, everyone is itching to leave. However, we can all get out here a lot faster if we follow the zipper merging method. Zipper merging is defined by Minnesota Department of Transportation as, “when motorists use both lanes of traffic until reaching the defined merge area, and then alternate in “zipper” fashion into the open lane.” It’s simple, polite and effective.

At the end of the day, the parking lot should be place a safe place TO PARK. There are lines for a reason.