By Molly Lang
At Blake, there are a handful of ways your child can get to school in the morning. They can ride the bus, you, the parent, can drive them, they can hitch a ride with another student, or they can drive themselves. What do all of these modes of transportation have in common? They all utilize the student parking lot. With hundreds of vehicles coming and going at any given time during the school day, it is understandable that the procedures of the lot may be a bit confusing. In this edition of How To Navigate the Blake Student Parking Lot 101, I will be guiding you on the ways of the lot to make your experience in the lot as efficient and painless as possible. By the end of this article, you will be able to navigate the Blake Student Parking Lot like a pro. All you have to do is remember these five simple words of advice.
- Avoid the pick up/drop off line by all means necessary.
There are two unnecessary and unimportant things in the Blake student parking lot, and the first one is the drop off/pick up line. There is no reason for it. This is why I advise you to avoid it at all costs. Whether you want to drop your child off in front of the school, in the staff parking lot, or in one of the student parking lot rows, any alternative would be better than waiting in that horribly long and overcrowded line.
- The cones are a suggestion.
Of the two unnecessary and unimportant things in the Blake student parking lot, the second one is the abundance of traffic cones literally everywhere. Don’t ask me why they’re there, I don’t know. Honestly, I feel like the Blake security guards put them there to make our lives as drivers more difficult. Or maybe they are little gnomes disguised as cones trying to puncture our rubber wheels. This is why I believe it is in your best interest to ignore the cones and if necessary, drive over them. They do not deserve your attention and I have heard that the orange rubber is really good for the bottom of your car.
- If you see an empty spot, take it!
The biggest piece of advice I can give you is if you’re coming to Blake and you see an empty parking spot, take it and wait there for your child. It saves so much space in the pick up line and is so beneficial to everyone that people won’t even care that you didn’t pay the $75 that everyone else had to pay in order to park in their spot. Spots are so much easier to exit from and no one will be able to notice that the person driving your car is 10 years older than the average student who would otherwise be parking there.
- All laws of the road are void during school hours.
Regardless if you’re turning left or right into Blake, do not feel obligated to follow the laws. If the line to turn in is too long, feel free to skip it and cut in right before the turn. Blake students and other parents are very kind and will be sure to accomodate you and fit you right in. Secondly, if you’re turning left into Blake and you feel as if your red light has been too long, you can turn whenever you want. Go ahead and scoot your car through the intersection, where there is most definitely enough room for you. You have the right of way.
- If you’re in a rush, the rules don’t apply to you.
The most important thing to take away from this article is that while you’re dropping off or picking up your child, remember that if you’re truly in a rush, the rules don’t apply to you. As long as you can look yourself in the eye and say, “I’ve used up all my patience for today,” you are free to do whatever you want, whether that be cutting someone off while exiting the lot, or holding up a lane of students while waiting for your child. You are the most important person in the lot. Don’t forget that.