We had a problem at our house with people parking in front of our driveway, blocking is out and sometimes blocking us in.
We don't have a traditional "black" driveway, and I think that this was the problem. People just didn't think that it was a driveway. The driveway clearly had a dip in the sidewalk to allow a car to drive up, but this was not enough to keep people moving on to find a proper parking spot.
Over the years we have heard many many excuses and reasons why people parked there.
"there isn't a sign"
"I was only parking for a few minutes"
"you could have pushed my car out of the way"
Last week, my husband bought some upside down "parking yellow" spray paint. We taped and papered off a stencil at the end of the driveway, and got spraying.
When we removed the paper, and saw our professional looking yellow warning line, we knew our problem was solved. Later in the evening, the neighbours remarked that the city acted quickly in painting the line for us, and we nodded our heads and said yes. (he he he)
Cars driving slowly down the street looking for a place to park, see the bright yellow line and keep on moving. It works! Why didn't we do this years ago?