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Are You Parking "Back-in, Head-out"?  
User currently offlineAeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20559 posts, RR: 62
Posted (1 year 2 months 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 3242 times:

I've been noticing a trend of people backing into parking spaces lately. It's been catching my eye as I once had to take the fault for backing into a car in the lane in a parking lot, when the lane had been clear when I began backing up.

The other day I went to pick up a colleague at his hotel, and noticed that almost half of the cars were parked backwards in the spaces that were at 90° angles to the driving lane. So I've been giving it a try, and I actually like it. It's taking some getting used to—I've set up the controls for Driver #2 on the car for side mirrors down so I can see the lane markers at the touch of a button—but it's not that difficult.

There seems to be a reason for it, it cuts down on parking lot accidents (good for me!), and is safer in terms of being able to see people, especially children who might be in your path.

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Quote:
"When backing in, I have to drive past the slot, then back in. On my way past it, I can look in the slot to ensure it is clear. I have situational awareness, so it is pretty safe to back in. When I leave, I just have to drive out and that is safer than backing out. If I don't back in, when I leave I have to back out into what is basically unknown traffic."

Backing into traffic in parking lots is more hazardous than you might think. Parking lot crash statistics are a bit hazy, particularly for crashes involving only property damage, but a study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety in 2001 and 2002 found that 14 percent of all damage claims involved crashes in parking lots (some number of which must have involved vehicles moving in and out of spaces).

As the article from slate.com asks, if the logic of back-in parking is so clear, why doesn't everyone do it?


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User currently offlineDarkSnowyNight From United States of America, joined Jan 2012, 1356 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (1 year 2 months 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 3228 times:

I generally back in, for the reasons mentioned, and also that I like it more that way.

As well, where I live, there is a slight incline out front, so it's just as easy to roll by it in N, let the hill take my momentum, and slide back into my spot(s). I also drive a standard, so this (backing in in general) makes it easier to remember to leave my car in R after I've set the brake.



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User currently offlinefr8mech From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 5400 posts, RR: 14
Reply 2, posted (1 year 2 months 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 3205 times:

The only time I nose in is when I expect to have to access the back of my vehicle to load or unload, e.g. Lowe's, Kroger.

I got into the habit of backing in when I was on the fire department. We always left the vehicles in a "ready to go" fashion.

Later, my employer made it policy to back into a parking spot whenever possible for the very same safety reasons stated in the article cited.

As an added benefit, in states where only one license plate is required, you're less likely to have your license plate recorded by a trolling police vehicle.   

[Edited 2013-06-29 09:12:42]

[Edited 2013-06-29 09:43:40]


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User currently offlineAeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20559 posts, RR: 62
Reply 3, posted (1 year 2 months 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 3185 times:

Quoting fr8mech (Reply 2):
Later, my employer made it policy to back into a parking spot whenever possible for the very same safety reasons stated in the article cited.

Now that makes some sense for why I was seeing it at this hotel filled mostly with people traveling on business, rather than say at the grocery store where I see it perhaps less than 1 in 10.

Quoting fr8mech (Reply 2):
As an added benefit, in states where only one license plate is required, you're less likely to have your license plate recorded by a trolling police vehicle.

Didn't even think about that!   



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User currently offlineRevelation From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 12465 posts, RR: 25
Reply 4, posted (1 year 2 months 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 3171 times:

I stink at backing in, due to eyesight challenges. My next car, whatever it will be and whenever it will arrive, will have a backup camera on it and perhaps then I'll take up the challenge.


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User currently offlinephotopilot From Canada, joined Jul 2002, 2731 posts, RR: 18
Reply 5, posted (1 year 2 months 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 3161 times:

100% back in, all the time.
IMHO, if you can't back into a parking spot using just the mirrors, then you shouldn't even be granted a driving license.


User currently offlineplanewasted From Sweden, joined Jan 2008, 520 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (1 year 2 months 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 3136 times:

Quoting photopilot (Reply 5):
if you can't back into a parking spot using just the mirrors

You should always, always, look back for real, not through mirrors when going backwards. You will se much more, such as kids about to run behind your car.

I think one other reason why people back in is that most cars looks much better from the front, that was one reason for me when I was younger at least.  


User currently offlineBraniff747SP From United States of America, joined Oct 2008, 2972 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (1 year 2 months 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 3115 times:

I back in if I can, as I prefer to spend the extra few seconds while parking instead of spending the time when departing.

Of course, it is much easier to see what you are pulling out into when you leave, so that ads a level of safety.



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User currently offlineBMI727 From United States of America, joined Feb 2009, 15735 posts, RR: 27
Reply 8, posted (1 year 2 months 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 3111 times:

Quoting AeroWesty (Thread starter):
Are You Parking "Back-in, Head-out"? 

Generally no, but I will often pull through a vacant adjacent spot. The only exception is when there is a big event where people will be leaving at once, like a sporting event. In that case I figure it's worth the time and effort to not have to back out later.



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User currently offlinetugger From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 5523 posts, RR: 8
Reply 9, posted (1 year 2 months 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 3098 times:

I often do back in and one of the primary reasons is to maximize the space for me to open my door get out. With the advent of narrower parking spaces and since most people still pull in nose first, I can make the passenger-side to passenger-side much tighter than usual giving enough space to open my door and get out.

Quoting photopilot (Reply 5):
IMHO, if you can't back into a parking spot using just the mirrors,

While I use my mirrors to monitor my spacing I always begin with twisting and looking backwards outside to ensure things are OK. I have a back-up camera as well but would never just rely on it.

Tugg



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User currently offlineAesma From France, joined Nov 2009, 6616 posts, RR: 9
Reply 10, posted (1 year 2 months 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 3087 times:

It's how it's taught here, in fact if during the driving exam the inspector tells you to park in a 90° parking spot and you go front in, it's over.


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User currently offlineAeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20559 posts, RR: 62
Reply 11, posted (1 year 2 months 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 3067 times:

Quoting Aesma (Reply 10):
It's how it's taught here

Interesting. Somehow, having learned how to drive almost 40 years ago, this phenomena of parking backwards has completely passed me by. (Not that Driver's Ed at school nor my driving test back then was any great shakes.) We were only taught how to parallel park.

I've driven through a double-length space before, like mentioned above, but then pulling out into the lane front first has felt as unusual as sitting backwards in a plane during takeoff.



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User currently offlineWESTERN737800 From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 693 posts, RR: 2
Reply 12, posted (1 year 2 months 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 3048 times:

I never backed in much til I started hanging out with a couple friends who do it all the time. I like it, my parking spot at home has a slight uphill incline so I back up to the concrete stop then go forward about a foot that way when it snows I can back up and get a run at it if I need to. I really like if If I ever have a dead battery and need a boost.


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User currently offlinerfields5421 From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 7607 posts, RR: 32
Reply 13, posted (1 year 2 months 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 3006 times:

My wife couldn't back into a parking spot to save her life. I almost always back in.

My 'car' is a 21 foot long Dodge 2500 pickup.

The main reason I back in is because I can't see very well out the back of the truck with the bed topper if I have to back out.

I learned how to back in with my father's 1965 Chevy Pickup with a camper shell on top. Been doing it every since.


User currently offlineKen777 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 8227 posts, RR: 8
Reply 14, posted (1 year 2 months 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 2996 times:

Quoting AeroWesty (Reply 11):
I've driven through a double-length space before,

That's the easiest way to park as well as the easiest way to leave.

Quoting AeroWesty (Reply 11):
has felt as unusual as sitting backwards in a plane during takeoff.

That is actually my preference as it means I in Business Class on a BA long haul flight. Gonna do that again in September.  


User currently offlineStuckInCA From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 1957 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (1 year 2 months 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 2968 times:

I figured this had more to do with rear wheel drives in snowy/icy areas and old habits. Meaning that a rear wheel drive that's been snowed/iced in takes work to drive out but not if you're going forward.

Not too many on the west coast part back in. A large percentage in the midwest do.


User currently offlinecptkrell From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3220 posts, RR: 12
Reply 16, posted (1 year 2 months 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 2925 times:

Well, down here in the sticks, a lot of goobers back in to the saloon parking lots because they don't want their plates to be "read", but more oftenly it's because they don't want a jealous girfriend to I.D. the vehicle (remember, about 75% of the pickemup trucks around here are white, and chicks can't tell a GM from a Ford from a Dodge, but they CAN remember the ""XXX" on the plate!).

Seriously (actually, the above IS serious) when I'm at a Home Depot or such knowing I'm going to buy something six or eight foot long, I'll pull ahead into a parking space so as not to worry about backing into a traffic "hunter" lane. Otherwise, I'll usually back in. Ahh...visibility.

BTW, I notice a lot of people backing in whilst turning around to "see" throught the backlight and not look through the side RV mirrors to guage their progress. Incompetency. And kinda stupid. Just like turning your steering wheel when the vehicle is not even in a slight bit of forward or rearward motion. Great for front tire scrub, eh?

Anyway, I like backing in...you never know when you need a "quick gettaway". best regards...jack



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User currently offlinePITingres From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 1139 posts, RR: 13
Reply 17, posted (1 year 2 months 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 2887 times:

I used to back in regularly. I don't much any more, mostly because nobody else around here seems to do it and you end up in a pissing and horn honking contest with someone who is right up your muffler and doesn't want to give you room to reverse. I do always however back into the driveway. It was mandatory to back into the garage in the house I lived in when I learned to drive.


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User currently offlineWildcatYXU From Canada, joined May 2006, 2603 posts, RR: 5
Reply 18, posted (1 year 2 months 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 2871 times:

I only back into parking spaces in underground parking garages. For some reason it's easier for me to back into tight space than drive straight in.

Quoting Aesma (Reply 10):
It's how it's taught here, in fact if during the driving exam the inspector tells you to park in a 90° parking spot and you go front in, it's over.

That's interesting. In former Czechoslovakia was expressly forbidden to back into 90° parking spots due to the exhaust gases being emitted directly to the people on the sidewalks.


User currently offlineokie From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 3010 posts, RR: 3
Reply 19, posted (1 year 2 months 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 2862 times:

Quoting WildcatYXU (Reply 18):
That's interesting. In former Czechoslovakia was expressly forbidden to back into 90° parking spots due to the exhaust gases being emitted directly to the people on the sidewalks.

Did people leave their engines running for extended periods of time?

Quoting cptkrell (Reply 16):
Well, down here in the sticks, a lot of goobers back in to the saloon parking lots because they don't want their plates to be "read", but more oftenly it's because they don't want a jealous girfriend to I.D. the vehicle (remember, about 75% of the pickemup trucks around here are white, and chicks can't tell a GM from a Ford from a Dodge, but they CAN remember the ""XXX" on the plate!).

I was thinking it would be easier to hook up the jumper cables. 

I never ran into the backing in to 90deg spots until about 15 years ago when the Oil and Gas Industry started requiring it for safety reasons. The idea is that you have passed and visually inspected the area in which you are going to back your vehicle into which is a stationary environment. When departing you are facing an unobstructed view of a non stationary environment.

I park both ways in the civilian environment depending on my perception of the least chance of an incident.

Okie


User currently offlinebristolflyer From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 2292 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (1 year 2 months 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 2849 times:

I find it easier to back in than to drive in forwards. Then you have the benefit of being able to see better when pilling out when you're leaving. As said before, if there's a double-length space then I'll usually take that. And I will always look for a spot away from other cars and walk a few extra feet.


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User currently offlineL1011 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 1674 posts, RR: 9
Reply 21, posted (1 year 2 months 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 2827 times:
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I prefer to back in so I can get out easier, but sometimes when I am being tailgated in the parking lot, if I pull forward enough to back in, the person following pulls into that space. Either that or he continues to ride my bumper so I can't back in.

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User currently offlinebristolflyer From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 2292 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (1 year 2 months 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 2758 times:

Quoting L1011 (Reply 21):
if I pull forward enough to back in, the person following pulls into that space.

Best thing to do is to stop short (so you are covering the opening to the space) and indicate that direction. They'll soon get the message and go around you.



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User currently offlinefr8mech From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 5400 posts, RR: 14
Reply 23, posted (1 year 2 months 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 2757 times:

Quoting L1011 (Reply 21):
, if I pull forward enough to back in, the person following pulls into that space.

I usually swing hard away from the spot so that the rear of my vehicle is pointed at the spot I plan to occupy. Folks get the idea pretty quickly.



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User currently offlinemham001 From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 3621 posts, RR: 3
Reply 24, posted (1 year 2 months 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 2685 times:

Quoting WildcatYXU (Reply 18):

I only back into parking spaces in underground parking garages. For some reason it's easier for me to back into tight space than drive straight in.

That's what everybody has missed, besides the sight and snow advantage, you can better park in tighter spaces with the wheels in the rear steering while pivoting on the lead-in wheels. That is why forklifts steer with the rear.


User currently offlineYYZatcboy From Canada, joined Apr 2005, 1081 posts, RR: 0
Reply 25, posted (1 year 2 months 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 2748 times:
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I always drive through a parking spot if I can. Even if it means taking a slightly longer walk to the store or wherever. Not that it really matters though, because in Alberta an accident in a parking lot is always equal fault regardless of who is doing what. I could be pulling out forwards or backwards and if I get in an accident I will have the same amount of fault.


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User currently offlineblueflyer From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 3971 posts, RR: 2
Reply 26, posted (1 year 2 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 2742 times:
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Found out the hard way a local college close to home actually makes it illegal to back in. I can't even begin to understand why. If everyone did, I would think campus police could just drive up and down the parking to check for parking permits hanging off the rear view mirror instead of doing it on foot.


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User currently offlineBMI727 From United States of America, joined Feb 2009, 15735 posts, RR: 27
Reply 27, posted (1 year 2 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 2749 times:

Quoting blueflyer (Reply 26):
I can't even begin to understand why.

19 year old girls.



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User currently offlineTupolevTu154 From Germany, joined Aug 2004, 2182 posts, RR: 28
Reply 28, posted (1 year 2 months 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 2727 times:

I have a bit of an issue with driving straight into a space, perhaps even verging on an OCD. I parked nose in to a spot the other day to unload the boot/trunk and half an hour later I had to go and turn it round as I couldn't stand the thought of it nose in!


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User currently offlinesccutler From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 5509 posts, RR: 28
Reply 29, posted (1 year 2 months 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 2712 times:

Vastly easier to park a '76 Eldorado backed-in, than nose-in. That hood is LONG!


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User currently offlineB747forever From Sweden, joined May 2007, 17066 posts, RR: 10
Reply 30, posted (1 year 2 months 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 2709 times:

Quoting blueflyer (Reply 26):

Found out the hard way a local college close to home actually makes it illegal to back in.

Same thing here. Only head in parking allowed.



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User currently offlinefr8mech From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 5400 posts, RR: 14
Reply 31, posted (1 year 2 months 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 2645 times:

Quoting YYZatcboy (Reply 25):
Not that it really matters though, because in Alberta an accident in a parking lot is always equal fault regardless of who is doing what. I could be pulling out forwards or backwards and if I get in an accident I will have the same amount of fault

It's not a matter of who is at fault, it's a matter of avoiding the accident to begin with.

Quoting blueflyer (Reply 26):
Found out the hard way a local college close to home actually makes it illegal to back in.

I attending a school (one semester) that had this rule. I think they still refer to me as the "asshole who always backs in, just to screw with us".



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User currently offlineblueflyer From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 3971 posts, RR: 2
Reply 32, posted (1 year 2 months 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 2551 times:
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Quoting BMI727 (Reply 27):
19 year old girls.

Can't begin to understand that one either...

Quoting fr8mech (Reply 31):
I think they still refer to me as the "asshole who always backs in, just to screw with us".

I won't be that asshole. Too expensive!



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User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29795 posts, RR: 58
Reply 33, posted (1 year 2 months 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 2545 times:

I work for a company that made that a requirement that you back in, a partly some bozo in the safety depart read some article sthat said it was safer.

The only thing it did was cause a lot of people pain when they ran their shins into the receiver hitches that everybody that everybody with a truck up here has.

When we moved locations we ended up in a rented building and the rule went away, thank god.

I would love to see a report on how much productivity a company looses to IRS safety department.



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User currently offline777ER From New Zealand, joined Dec 2003, 12114 posts, RR: 18
Reply 34, posted (1 year 1 month 4 weeks 1 day ago) and read 2431 times:
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99% of the time at home I'll back into the driveway to park. When I park in the garage I always back in as I prefer to park close to the wall away from the house. When out I usually always park face in but sometimes I back in. Backing in is certainly easier especially for leaving

User currently offlinecptkrell From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3220 posts, RR: 12
Reply 35, posted (1 year 1 month 4 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 2384 times:

Quoting L-188 (Reply 33):

Shins into receiver hitches...ouch. I have welded a receiver hitch to the front cow-catcher/guard on the Silverado I use mostly for farm work and diesel fuel transport. I have painted it bright yellow with a USDOT red reflex tape stripe, though. Why? I can manuever my 20-foot tandem trailer within microns when hitched to the front of the truck as opposed to backing the attached beast accurately. One should look where one is walking, however. regards...jack



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User currently offlinePHX787 From Japan, joined Mar 2012, 7477 posts, RR: 18
Reply 36, posted (1 year 1 month 4 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 2381 times:

Lots of people back in so its easier to get out. Since my old car had a wide ass, I couldn't really back it in well enough, so I would instead drive through and pull through the first space into the second one, so it looked like I backed in   

Otherwise I was perfectly fine just pulling straight in.



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User currently offlinedandaire From UK - Wales, joined Jul 2008, 65 posts, RR: 0
Reply 37, posted (1 year 1 month 4 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 2364 times:

I'm surprised no one has mentioned so far that it actually saves you money if back into a parking space. It is more economical to reverse and shunt when the engine is warm rather than when it is cold and you are just starting out. So if you are a hypermiler its the way to go

  

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User currently offlineWarRI1 From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 8873 posts, RR: 10
Reply 38, posted (1 year 1 month 4 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 2322 times:

I was always trained to back up a vehicle as a last resort. If you do not absolutely have to, avoid it. You could be suspended where I worked for getting into an accident with a company vehicle when backing up. I still back up as a last resort. Little children come to mind, old people come to mind. Other vehicles come to mind.


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User currently offlineBeardown91737 From United States of America, joined Jun 2011, 532 posts, RR: 0
Reply 39, posted (1 year 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 1948 times:

Quoting StuckInCA (Reply 15):
I figured this had more to do with rear wheel drives in snowy/icy areas and old habits. Meaning that a rear wheel drive that's been snowed/iced in takes work to drive out but not if you're going forward.

That should work the other way around for rear wheel drive. The drive wheels can roll over snow. If the wheels are not powered, they tend to let the snow build up in front (or back) of them. That was the 1980s explanation for why FWD cars are better in the show.

Quoting StuckInCA (Reply 15):
Not too many on the west coast part back in

Way too many back in. It takes longer for them to do it, and when they leave the space, they move out quickly. Also there is no indication any given parked car is going to move, since the backup lights aren't an available cue anymore.

Quoting planewasted (Reply 6):
You should always, always, look back for real, not through mirrors when going backwards.

  



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User currently offlineB727 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 521 posts, RR: 2
Reply 40, posted (1 year 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 1772 times:

I usually back in. Being a former fire cheif. Vehicles are backed in to be ready for response.


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User currently offlinecurtisman From Canada, joined Jun 2005, 1002 posts, RR: 50
Reply 41, posted (1 year 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 1716 times:

Well I'm not one to back in. One reason is when I am out and about I am often shopping or travelling. Therefore when I approach my car I want quick and easy access to my trunk to place my goods or baggage into. Much easier if the rear of the car is facing out.

Also, I find it much more of a safety hazard to back in. As stated before, one should not rely only on their mirrors to back in - always look back for children or objects, etc.

As to other safety, when I am driving through a car park and some who is backed in starts to drive out, I have no idea they are driving out. When a vehicle is front in and starts to back out, I am able to see their reverse lights on and I know to stop and let them continue on backing out. I personally find drivers who drive front out after being backed in are creating a potential safety hazard.

Additionally, my vehicle has the wide angle back up camera so when I am backing out I can see much more of a wide angle on my screen than if I were to drive out front first. I use my screen in conjunction with my mirrors and looking backwards. If there is an emergency I can get out just as fast - but safer - than someone driving out front first.

And there you have a few of my thoughts  



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User currently offlineAirstud From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 2660 posts, RR: 3
Reply 42, posted (1 year 1 month 2 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 1588 times:

I became a car-haver last September for the first time in >20 years, and due to the layout of my apartment building's garage; there's really no other way to get into my parking space than by backing in - which I have historically stunk at, for the same type o' reasons Revelation mentions.

I got off to a bumpy start (literally, I bumped the hell into an impolitely positioned concrete pillar the first time I backed out of this parking space, which sold me on having to back in to said parking space in the future, despite the optic challenges involved (and I'm now having trouble remembering how the heck I even fronted into that space the one time, the garage's layout barely makes that possible    )). The bump scraped some paint off; no dents; thank God. I'd hate to have to deal with a dent, since I'm only leasing the car.

Well, of course I've been backing into my space nearly every day since last September, and I've gotten totally good at it!! I can navigate round that rude pillar like a pro. One day even I was so impressed with how adroitly I had done this that I congratulated myself with an extra tap on the gas pedal.

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