Discussion in 'transport' started by Proper Tidy, Jul 4, 2019.

  1. Proper Tidy

    Proper Tidy Arsed

    Why do so many people spend ages reversing into parking spaces, back and forth back and forth, instead of going in forward and reversing out piece of piss. Seems inefficient.
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  2. mauvais

    mauvais change has become unavoidable

    Bays like at the supermarket, or on the street?
  3. Proper Tidy

    Proper Tidy Arsed

    Yeah parking spaces, supermarkets and offices and stuff. Must save about a second on way out but adds two minutes on way in. Silly.
  4. Sprocket.

    Sprocket. And the snow turned in to rain...

    Good points but also when at a supermarket or shopping centre. There are five hundred empty spaces and some nozzle parks alongside you, making it impossible to get back into your car because they are so close.
  5. mauvais

    mauvais change has become unavoidable

    It's much safer and for that reason it's usually what you should do. Also minor secondary benefit of it's better to piss about manoeuvring with a warm engine than a cold one.
  6. Proper Tidy

    Proper Tidy Arsed

    Why is it safer? It's never hard to manoeuvre out, it's just reverse, turn, go, at worst you might have to stop go forward then back and go
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  7. Bahnhof Strasse

    Bahnhof Strasse A-wob a-bob bob

    Tight spaces it is often easier to reverse in to, but I would rather drive to the edge of the car park or top floor rather than fuck around. Quite a large car tho.
  8. mauvais

    mauvais change has become unavoidable

    Because there are often people and vehicles moving about in the lane you're trying to get out into, with restricted visibility, and very rarely people stood about in the single space you're trying to reverse into.
  9. Proper Tidy

    Proper Tidy Arsed

    I disagree it's easier to reverse in, even if it's tight it's easy to go in forwards in one movement usually. But yeah I'll just park where there is space given choice, why fuck around
  10. Proper Tidy

    Proper Tidy Arsed

    Fair point. Still not doing it though
  11. moomoo

    moomoo Not so yummy mummy

    I always reverse into spaces. Much easier than driving in.
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  12. StoneRoad

    StoneRoad heckling from the back!

    I much prefer to reverse into a parking space, although I usually get it in one go (plenty of practice). I will often almost touch the back wall, if available - I drive an estate / hatchback - so no-one can get to the back end. The small amount of shopping (or other baggage) goes on the floor, behind my seat (not on the passenger seat).
    Safer and quicker to drive out forwards, you have better visibility for other vehicles / pedestrians (children) and not shunting with a cold engine.
  13. Proper Tidy

    Proper Tidy Arsed

    Hang around in car parks for a bit like I seem to and tell me the average person finds it easier to reverse in, seems to take most people about three minutes
  14. a_chap

    a_chap When the world came apart, where were you?

    Two minutes?!? :eek:

    Maybe you need some lessons on how to park.
  15. polly

    polly Well-Known Member

    The prize is obviously two spaces end to end, so you can drive in forwards over one space and into the other, so you are facing forwards without having to reverse at all.

    Failing that I like to park in the far away, more secluded spots so you have lots of room and also so no one can see me taking 20 minutes over it.
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  16. Proper Tidy

    Proper Tidy Arsed

    I never reverse in, I've covered this up thread
  17. Bahnhof Strasse

    Bahnhof Strasse A-wob a-bob bob

    Of course, driving a large Audi I just slam it in to the first disabled bay I can find, if there's two free I'll try and stick it across both.
    Last edited: Jul 4, 2019
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  18. dessiato

    dessiato Because I could not stop for death

    I looked at an old R6 estate to buy. There's a lot of car for no money.
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  19. Spymaster

    Spymaster Cockney Wanker

    I know someone who did that and didn't notice the kerb between the spaces. Dickhead. :hmm: :oops:
  20. fishfinger

    fishfinger تپلی

    This is the way:

  21. polly

    polly Well-Known Member

    By the way, I have started complimenting strangers on their parking. It's probably a bit of a weird thing to do but they always seem really pleased. Praise the good behaviour to see more of it :thumbs:


    If it makes your friend feel any better, my friend was almost caught out by a little diamond shaped flower bed the other day. I think car park planners do it on purpose :mad:
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  22. Spymaster

    Spymaster Cockney Wanker

    Sainsbury's on Finchley Rd., has those stupid diamond things which cut-off a huge corner of the parking space.

    What the utter fuck is that all about???? :mad:
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  23. Mrs Miggins

    Mrs Miggins There's been a slight cheese accident

    A question for the reverser-inners...isn't more difficult to get at the boot to put your shopping in if you've reversed in? Especially if another car has parked behind you? Or you're against the wall?
  24. Leafster

    Leafster From the FRow

    The mum of one of my schoolmates would look for end to end spaces. If she couldn't find one, she'd drive back home and try again later as she hated reversing. :D
  25. polly

    polly Well-Known Member

    Either sadism, or to stop you from driving all over the car park willy nilly and crashing into someone sensibly reversing in. Or a bit of both :mad:

    :D A friend's mum stops strangers in the street and asks them to park for her. She's in her 80s and has never parked her own car.
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  26. planetgeli

    planetgeli There's no future in England's dreaming

    If they’re taking ages, it’s because they can’t drive very well. And it is not always easier to go in forwards, depending on the car and/or the space.

    If you reverse out on to a road and hit another car, there’s every chance you’ll be done for driving without due care and attention.

    If you can use your mirrors, reversing into a space is a piece of piss. I don’t recognise this shunt back and forth you speak of.
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  27. Mrs Miggins

    Mrs Miggins There's been a slight cheese accident

    Reversing out feels massively easier to me as I'm not reversing into a confined space.
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  28. Lupa

    Lupa Well-Known Member

    Having a little camera at the back of the car has made reversing the car a complete doddle. Not that I had any problems before but the other day I had to reverse down a sort of laneway and turn at the end, go backwards through 2 bollards and then between 2 pillars.
    I received some looks of admiration and some of disbelief from a few elderly male golfers.

    (I hasten to add that I do not golf or frequent golf clubs and was only there to give a talk to some people about music therapy)
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  29. souljacker

    souljacker innit

    Reversing in makes it far easier to get it straight. People who drive in forwards in my local supermarket never seem to get it in straight and essentially block the next space for anyone else. I can reverse in in one move usually but sometimes have to go out and and in once more but i'm usually pretty quick at doing that.

    Also, my car is really long and has rear parking sensors, not front, so I can be loads more accurate if I reverse in.
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  30. Spymaster

    Spymaster Cockney Wanker

    I don't trust that and can't get on with reversing whilst looking forward at the screen. I ignore it and do it old school.
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