I always thought that because I do not drive and do not use a wheelchair, I did not need an accessible parking permit. My husband had a totally different opinion. He saw the permit as solving a safety concern. We discussed this at length, multiple times.
It was not until I was pregnant with our son that his arguments were able to penetrate my stubborn, defensiveness. His point was supported by me observing the benefits in my own life. While I was pregnant, there were a few stores we frequented that provided expectant mother parking. Nick’s thought about being closer to the store means I am in the parking lot less was very apparent.
One of the other benefits that became obvious once I expanded my mind to the idea, was that Sometimes I’m not even crossing the road. Some parking spots are right by the sidewalk leading to the front door. I am more independent, because I do not have to wait for some one to help me cross; I do not even need to cross.
Another benefit that was not apparent was the space I have when parked in an accessible spot. I am not worried about my door hitting the car next to me. Occasionally, I cannot tell how far the car next to us is. So yes, sometimes the cars have touched. I also have enough room to comfortable open my cane.
It might sound simple, and yes, I know I was still in denial, but I am sure someone else out there has or is having this conversation. If you have more benefits or questions, please comment. I am super excited to hear from you!