It is a typical autumn day, and in local towns the game of Russian roulette is being played out between motorist and traffic warden.
As the rain hammers down on the windscreen, most would admit to taking that chance to run into a shop for a pint of milk, pop into the chemist for a couple of minutes. Parking, however briefly, where we are not supposed to.
Chances are a day like today is when the luck runs out and you return, rain dripping off your nose, to the sight of a red jacket hovering beside your car, fingers tapping on their handheld screen.
And once the details have been logged, that's that.
You are caught and left with a face as red as the coat worn by the warden, who is only doing a job, but has just ruined your day.
But in one Mid Ulster town, it seems the rules are different.
Indeed, there are no rules to the game at all, and the traffic wardens simply have not turned up to play in Coalisland.
In fact, in the last three years not a single ticket has been issued in the Co Tyrone town, four miles from Dungannon.
Further north in the Mid Ulster District Council area, in the same time span, over 8,200 tickets have been placed on the windscreens of cars in Magherafelt, with the number rising year on year.
Parked in Coalisland for an hour on a miserable Wednesday afternoon, there are plenty of people about wearing hi-vis jackets. But they are yellow, not red, with roadworks under way behind the orange barriers.
Drive around the town and parking, it seems, is at your own discretion. On a roundabout, no issue. Along one of the tight laneways, not a problem.
Is anyone parking illegally, though? It seems not.
Walk around the narrow streets and there is not a road marking in place. No yellow lines, no ticket machines, no one-hour return spots.
And if you are looking for a traffic warden in that rear view mirror, you have more chance of spotting a polar bear heading to the post office.
In the shops they shrug their shoulders when you ask about parking in the town.
No one has seen a traffic warden walking the streets in years. They don't say much more than that. You wonder if the last thing they want to do is harm business by poking officials into action.
To find the last recorded sighting of a red coat you have to go back to November 2016, but that sparked controversy with allegations that a warden, who spent half-an-hour in the town, was threatened.
At the time the Department for Infrastructure confirmed: "Following reports of an incident involving the department's traffic attendants when carrying out their duties in Coalisland, a review of their deployment will be carried out."
The department added that wardens had visited the town twice previously without handing out any tickets.
But with a free car park in the centre, another ample free parking bay right outside a row of shops, more car parking at the town's Newell Stores and Springisland supermarkets, a quirk of town planning has put motorists in the driving seat if they need to park.
There is one tell-tale sign that things might have been different in the past. A new footpath has recently been laid along narrow Main Street.
Cars are parked along it, but look closely at the freshly laid tarmac along the edge of the road and, every so often, a glimpse of yellow sneaks through.
While Coalisland would never pretend to be as busy as the much larger Magherafelt, the contrast in parking restrictions is notable.
Several years ago public realm works removed dozens of free parking spaces from the centre of Magherafelt. All the car parks, except for a part of one in Rainey Street, which fills up quickly with office workers each morning, are pay and display.
New loading bays have been created in The Diamond, the heart of the town. Available free parking spaces, for a busy shopping town, are few and far between. And you can guarantee that around the corner a traffic warden is lurking.
Watch closely for 20 minutes and you will spot cars circling in the hope that a free space becomes available so they can run into the shop in half the time it would take to scavenge around for 40p in change, get out of your car, likely in the rain, go to a ticket machine, and return to place said ticket on your window.
Such is the easy pickings, the wardens often walk around in pairs. There's no such easy pickings in Coalisland.