Parking Spots Should Accommodate Ford Trucks, America’s Bestselling Vehicle

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2020 F-250 King Ranch

Ford F-Series trucks grossly outsell every other type of vehicle and the majority rules.

A unnamed writer who drives a hybrid car recently penned an anonymous piece for the Durango Herald in Colorado in which he complained about how today’s trucks don’t fit into parking spots in the city. He or she praises local laws against vehicles that are not parked within parking spaces, but with some vehicles coming from the factory with dimensions that won’t fit into any local parking spot, ticketing is seemingly inevitable.

Sure, it makes sense to penalize people who are crappy parkers, but it is nothing short of absurd to fine someone because their factory-built pickup will not fit into a city parking spot. After all, with the Ford F-Series outselling every other vehicle in America for the past four decades, these laws punish the single-largest group of drivers and it makes no sense for the minority to rule when it comes to a victimless crime.

2020 F-450

However, in seeing the issue of vehicles obstructing roadways when they stick out of angle street-side parking, we have an issue. The people who make the laws that determine the size of parking spots need to make changes to accommodate the majority, all of whom are driving an American-made truck in the United States of America.

Bigger Spots are Needed

The writer in the initial piece pointed out that in Durango, Colorado, parallel parking spots are required to be 8-feet wide and 22-feet long while angled spots have to be 8.5-feet wide and 18.7 feet long. The writer points out that the “standard F-150 pickup is a smidge over 17-feet long”, so it technically fits into all of the local public parking spots. However, as the writer points out, the largest Super Duty is over 22-feet long, but even the smallest 2019 F-250 is over 19-feet long. The same basic dimensions apply to the competition from Ram and General Motors, as well.

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In other words, if you buy a heavy duty truck, the odds are good that it will stick far enough out of an angled parking space in Durango, Colorado to get a $25 ticket, and we would bet that Durango isn’t the only town with spots of this size and similar laws.

Anyone who has spent any time daily driving a modern Super Duty knows the headache of fitting comfortably into a public parking spot. Some areas offer the option of intentionally parking in two spots and, when there is a meter, paying for both spots, but it isn’t fair to the largest group of vehicle owners to essentially fine them every time they need to park within city limits of many areas around the United States.

Buying Trends Point to More Big Trucks

Not only is the Ford F-Series the bestselling vehicle in the United States for almost 40 years, but trucks and large sport utility vehicles are the most popular vehicles in America. Trucks and SUVs are so popular that American automakers have stopped or will stop making small cars and while this trend will eventually change, the present trends point to bigger vehicles and bigger vehicles require bigger spots.

2019 Ford F-150 Limited

Even “smaller” vehicles, such as compact crossovers, are considerably bigger than the compact cars of the 1980s, but parking spots have remained the same size in most areas. Vehicles in general have gotten bigger and trucks are getting bigger, so with this upward trend in vehicle dimensions, it is time for municipalities to accommodate the majority of drivers in this country.

 

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