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What's Up With All You People Who Back Into Parking Spaces?

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First off-

"You people? I think we need a house meeting y'all"

Secondly, I put the above tweet out into the universe this morning after waiting in a parking garage behind two different people to back into their parking spaces. I personally have no problem with people who do this, I was just curious about the thinking that goes into developing the habit. 

It's always seemed like a lot of work up front to save a little time on the back end? Basically a net zero. A wash. Right?

Turns out it seems I was very wrong.

Some of the responses informed me of shit I had no clue about.

For instance-

Is this true? Makes sense I guess.

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Had no idea.

The Journal - Reversing into a parking space gives you greater control and makes it easier to manoeuvre out the space. If you think reverse parking is difficult, it’s much more difficult to try and wiggle your car out of a tight space when you have parked front first.

Nowadays, with most new cars coming with backup cameras and parking assist systems, it is easier to reverse-park than ever.

By the way, I am talking about reversing into spaces that are perpendicular to the wall or perimeter. I’m clearly not talking about parallel parking which should only be attempted in reverse.

Here, then, are the reasons why reverse parking is the only option:

  1. It’s safer. When you reverse into a space you are going into a designated space with no vehicle and pedestrian traffic. By reverse parking, you avoid backing out blindly into oncoming traffic or into the path of pedestrians. You can see your surroundings more clearly.
  2. In an emergency, it’s much quicker to get into your vehicle and drive straight out. This could also be seen as a safety precaution too.
  3. Reversing close to a wall may deter thieves from breaking into your boot as there will not be enough space for them to work.
  4. Driving forwards into a parking space is a false economy in terms of overall manoeuvring time and safety. You will spend just as long (if not longer) trying to safely reverse out of the space into traffic so it makes sense that you do it safely into the empty space.
  5. If anything should happen to your engine – for example you leave your lights on and the battery goes flat – you will have easy access to the bonnet if you have reversed parked.
  6. It’s more fuel efficient. According to research from the Institute of Advanced Motorists, as reported by Aviva UK, reversing out of a parking space with a cold engine uses 20 to 25 times more fuel in the first few seconds than a warm engine. Doing that several times a week adds up in terms of fuel costs, not to mention engine wear-and-tear.

Holy shit. Thank you Bob Max. 

Have I been doing this all wrong this whole time or are people like this just hardos?

True story.

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Also you can never forget about the repo man.