Q: Our neighbors leave their car in their driveway overnight, just ten feet from our bedroom window. When they start the engine to leave for work at 5:30 A.M., we all wake up-including our infant daughter. How can we ask them to park farther back? We don’t know them very well.
A: Be tactful yet direct. You don’t want to come on too strong, but your neighbors may not take you seriously if your approach is too timid. Find that middle ground-tell them there’s a problem and you need their help. “I’m sure you don’t realize it,” you might start, “but our bedroom is just above the spot where you park your car. Every morning, when you leave for work, my husband and I, and our daughter, are woken up. Do you suppose you could park your car farther back in the driveway? We’d really appreciate it.” You might consider converting this awkward encounter into an icebreaker by inviting your neighbors over for coffee or a drink. Getting to know them better should pave the way for easier encounters if other problems crop up in the future.