Someone parked their car in front of my house and blocked my driveway!!!

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anonymous_2 31 Dec 2014

How to deal with such situations?

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gices 03 Jan 2015

It happened to me once as well - I came back from work and found a car parked in front of my house blocking access to my driveway. I was furious and was hoping the driver was around and would see I couldn't get in and would move their car but that wasn't the case. I was able to squeeze through to get on the driveway but it was a really tight squeeze and I was not very happy about doing this. It was cold and I didn't want to move my car once the inconsiderate driver move theirs though.

Anyway, the law doesn't help much in these situations. Here's why:

  1. If someone is blocking you from accessing your driveway, the police will not help. If they are preventing you from getting out, then they will deal with it.
  2. If you damage the car in any way, you will be liable for it. You can even be prosecuted for placing a note on their windscreen apparently.
  3. You can get the car towed away but that will cost you £250, money you may not recover from the third party.

I actually wrote a note which read "Next time please don't block my driveway, thanks!" and placed on the car's windscreen. However I saw some people outside their house some 30 metres away and I went and asked them whether they knew whose car it was and it turned out it was for one of them. She said she was meant to park there for 5mins but lost track of time in her conversation with her friend and moved her car.

What I realised is from the moment I saw the car blocking my driveway, I became really agitated. I couldn't think of anything apart from how to get rid of that car. The anger took control of me and I couldn't think straight anymore.

There wasn't much that could be done (even the law is not with you in this case) and although it is normal for someone to feel their rights have been snatched because this is private property which you own, if you look at it from a different perspective, you'll see you can avoid all that grief.

Ego is a huge problem and it's selfish. Without ego, you cannot claim you have rights over something and if that is understood, life becomes stress free.