Blog by Jeremy Harris. CEO of Arrow Cars SL – Flexible car hire solutions, Worldwide.
“You’re never far from your Arrow Car”
We’ve all been there. Drive into an underground car park in, say, Fuengirola or Marbella, find an empty parking space (lucky us!) and attempt to park our average sized car. Nothing unusual about that you might say. However, assuming we can actually get into the space without scraping against the cars on either side, or the huge concrete pillar conveniently placed just in the entrance of our space, we then find ourselves unable to open the door wide enough to actually get out of the car!
We try not to touch the car next to ours with our door out of respect (even though everybody else seems to use our car as a bump stop when they park). We then try to squeeze out of the six inch gap we have managed to muster between the open door and our car but unfortunately realise the days when we could slip though a gap that small have long gone.
We look around for another exit. We wish we had chosen the sunroof option when we bought the car. It would be really useful to climb out of that right now. But no sunroof option was chosen.
So our last exit strategy will be the passenger door. We try to wriggle to the other side. Right leg first then left. Claustrophobia begins to set in so we pull our legs back. Try head first, followed by upper body and arms. Lift our butt over the handbrake and gearstick (careful! CAREFUL!!) and sit on the passenger seat. We’re winning.
Now the legs. Right leg first...Cramp!....Cramp!. Pull the left leg over quick! Done. Ok, now we compose ourselves, straighten our clothes check the hair is ok and open the passenger door.
Yes! At least nine inches of access. Here we go! Left leg out, right leg out. Hold the top of the door, lean forward as much as we can and try to stand. Our thighs are burning from the unnatural position we are in but we are strong, fit and determined.
Yes! We are out! Freedom!
Ok, close the door, lock the car and walk away with as much dignity as we can muster after haemorrhaging most of it trying to park and exit the car.
Done it. We walk away, confident we can now get on with our day. Unfortunately, the new cream trousers we put on this morning for the beautiful spring day have now been accidently used to clean the dust off both sides of our now slightly less grubby car!
As with many things in life. A couple more inches would make such a difference!
CEO Arrow Cars SL