8. Be a considerate driver
Too much: Don’t creep through the neighborhood at five miles per hour. You’ll look like a stalker.
Too little: Don’t speed through neighborhood streets or ignore stop signs, even if you know there are never cops in the neighborhood. More kids, pets and pedestrians are out in the summer, and it’s all too easy to slip into autopilot mode in your own neighborhood and forget to watch for these hazards.
Just right: Know and respect the speed limit, and always check the driveway, sidewalk and street carefully before pulling a vehicle out of the driveway.
9. Park considerately
Too much: Don’t get too protective of the space in front of your house. Cut the neighbors some slack once in a while if they are moving or have visitors who park at your curb for a day or two.
Too little: Don’t just pull into the biggest or most convenient spot, or make the neighbors do automotive acrobatics to get out of their driveway.
Just right: Make a U-turn or block in your other vehicle if you must in a good-faith effort to park in front of your house or on your property.
10. Take out the trash
Too much: Don’t go overboard minimizing your trash either. If you are composting, make sure you know what you are doing, and keep the compost bin from stinking up the ‘hood.
Too little: Don’t take out the trash two days early “just in case you forget.” And don’t leave out the trash if it doesn’t get picked up for some reason.
Just right: Take out the trash the morning of your trash pickup if possible, to avoid attracting bugs and vermin.