Tandem parking is becoming more common nowadays as new houses are built thinner to minimize cost and save space. This is also common in condominium complexes where space is limited. If you are considering living in a home with a tandem garage or if you are already in a tandem parking situation, read on to know how to better manage this unique situation.
What is tandem parking?
Tandem parking simply means sharing two parking spaces with another person and the cars are placed end-to-end. These parking spaces are located one in front of the other, which means that the person in the back has to move their car if the person in the front space has to leave or wants to pull out.
This kind of parking structure is not very common, but it can help you maximize the parking space in conditions where you cannot afford a traditionally designed garage.
Tandem parking is ideal for homes with space constraints. Any neighborhood or community where homes are built close together could benefit from its use.
Advantages and Disadvantages of Tandem Parking
The greatest benefit of tandem parking is space. It is very useful where the parking lot is in great demand. Tandem garages are not as wide as typical garages. In some congested areas, building a wide structure is not an option. Building a tandem garage enables you to use a spacewhich is already appropriated by the rest of the structure.
However, tandem parking is not without any disadvantages. In tandem parking, you park one car in front of the other. If you want to remove the car behind you, you will have to move the other car out of the parking space first. This is one of the biggest disadvantages of tandem parking because most people do not want the inconvenience and the hassle of having to move a car out of the way.
In some areas, there is also a need to take special permission to construct a tandem garage.
Tips for Living with a Tandem Garage
You can make sharing a tandem space a smooth process with your neighbors.
Familiarize yourself with each other’s schedules
If you are sharing a parking space with your neighbor, you will have to figure out what your schedules are and keep track of them on a shared calendar. If you are familiar with each other’s schedules, it would be easier for you to make decisions about how to park your vehicles according to who needs to leave on which time.
Communicate clearly and frequently
You have to have good communication skills in dealing with your neighbors. Understanding each other’s schedule is important but in case of emergency, you have to be able to communicate the need to move out or pull your vehicle out of the parking space.
Don’t be afraid to communicate your parking needs. It’s just a matter of relaying the message properly to avoid any misunderstanding or conflict.
Make spare keys
If you are sharing a parking space with relatives or someone you trust, it’s a good idea to have extra keys and have a common place to store them so you can access them anytime. This will help you pull out your car easily, eliminating disturbance especially in times of emergency.
Try a rotation schedule
Aside from managing a daily parking schedule with your neighbor, you may also want to explore creating a rotation schedule especially if both of you or either of you has a schedule that changes frequently.
Why not consider doing a week to week rotation schedule where you take turns parking your vehicles.
If you have never experienced tandem parking before, it will surely take some time to get used to it. However, if you come to think of it, it is no different than having a home with no garage and parking multiple vehicles in the driveway. If your car is in front of another and you need to leave, the other car will have to be moved.
By planning ahead of time, understanding the schedules of the other car owner, and having good communication with your neighbors, you will help make dealing with tandem parking simpler and easier.
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