Dear Heloise: When a handicapped-accessible placard is issued, the guidelines aren’t always clear. This means drivers simply assume that whatever they want to do is okay because they have the placard.

I even saw one woman trying to “bull” her way through a school crossing by pointing to her placard and saying it allows her to do whatever she wants!

1) The placard is meant only for the disabled person, who must be in the vehicle.

2) The vehicle must be properly parked within the lines of the parking space.

3) RE: the blue hatched lines:

●These spaces are designed to allow people with disabilities to open car doors completely to ease entrance and exits when using walkers/wheelchairs.

●Also, these spaces allow equipped vans to lower a wheelchair lift.

●These are not “waiting areas” when dropping someone off.

●These are not motorcycle parking spots.

Please do us all a favor and print these common-sense guidelines.

Pat in Fort Wayne, Ind.

Pat in Fort Wayne, Ind.: Happy to help! Some people abuse use of the placards. Maybe they should think twice about doing so, because if they need to use a space, it may be blocked by someone trying to cheat. Also, someone may look healthy but may have a condition that is not visible, which warrants parking close to an entrance.

P.S. Readers, visit or call the Americans With Disabilities Act phone line, 800-514-0301, for more information.

Dear Heloise: I have some clothing that has a zipper in the back. I have a difficult time moving the zippers all the way up. Do you have a solution?

Beatrice M., Ashburn, Va.

Beatrice M.: Give these a try:

● Take a strand of thin ribbon and make a loop through the zipper-pull “eye,” then pull up.

● A key ring can be attached to the zipper, making it easier to hold.

Dear Heloise: I buy greeting cards year-round and address them every four months or so. I store them in a bill-paying organizer.

The cards will be ready to go at the beginning of the month!

Esther M., Hammond, Ind.

Dear Heloise: I have cats who wander on everything. To keep the computer keyboard clean, when I’m not working, I slip the keyboard into the plastic bag that the Sunday newspaper comes in.

Kevin C. in Houston

Kevin C. in Houston: Smart guy! When I’m done recording radio vignettes in my studio, I cover the keyboard with a microfiber cloth, cover the other equipment with the same and slip a soft felt bag over the mic. When I pop in next time, it’s all dust-free!

Dear Readers: Here’s a time-tested, timesaving hint:

Want to know which side of a window is streaked? After washing, dry one side with horizontal strokes, and the other side with vertical strokes.

This is helpful if you use a squeegee, too.

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