The Psychology of Parking |
1. Approximate the number of cars in the parking lot. For larger parking lots, estimate the number cars by counting the number of cars in a section of the parking lot (Example: Pick an area that is an approximately a quarter of the total area of the parking lot and multiply the number of cars by four).
2. It is recommended that you use a spreadsheet to organize and manage your data. For recording your data out "in the field", a simple tally sheet can be used:
Number of cars |
Backed in |
Handicap zone |
Takes 2 spaces |
3. Survey the parking lot for the following parking styles:
4. Record the following data:
5. Divide the total number of cars in a given category by the total number of cars in the parking lot. This will give you the percentage of cars for the specific category. For example:
6. Repeat this procedure for each category and record your results.
7. Be sure to phrase the question "What was your reason?" instead of "Why did you park?." Saying "Why" may imply to the driver that he or she is being judged.
8. The second question would be "Is this how you normally park?
9. Write down the drivers' responses and thank them for their time.
10. If you are not able to interview a driver for a certain parking style category, you can interview someone you know who engages in this kind of behavior.
11. Review the results from the interview and check for any common patterns in the responses.
12. Create a profile for each parking category by identifying the patterns from the interviews for each category along with the statistic. Example:
Can you draw a conclusion on the drivers?
Adult supervision is recommended as this science project involves interviewing strangers.