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Car park Rage, was I being unreasonable?

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rogersmellyonthetelly Tue 09-Aug-11 10:28:37

reversing my car out of a space in a busy car park the other day, I had checked behind me, then got slightly distracted by a car pulling into the space directly facing me in front rather fast. I continued to reverse out slowly, then caught sight of someone coming along the back of me in a car. I immediately jumped on the brake, I must have been all of a foot behind the end of the space. Cue person in car behind me honking their horn and shouting abuse. Am I unreasonable to think that this was a) incorrect use of the car horn as they weren't warning me of danger, but using it to be abusive and make a point and b) the shouting was rude and un necessary.
I was slightly shaken by it as although I was in no danger of hitting anyone with the very slow speed and was a good 6ft from the side of his car, but the shouting and foul language upset me quite a bit.

DoMeDon Tue 09-Aug-11 10:33:13

Incorrect use of the horn grin - don't think anyone uses it for correct purposes! The other driver may have thought you had';t seen them and was beeping to warn they were there.

The shouting/abuse was undeserved though and you have to accept some people are just angry and childish.

It was unpleasant and hope you are feeling better.

pinkdelight Tue 09-Aug-11 10:34:13

when you say 'continued to reverse', does that mean that you were already reversing before you got distracted by the car in front? if so, then you must have been reversing for long enough for the rude dude to have noticed and slowed down/stopped. if the way was clear when you started pulling out, then it's his responsibility not to keep coming at you. some drivers are just morons.

Tanif Tue 09-Aug-11 10:35:11

You get people that seem to be addicted to their car horn and can't use it without a barrage of abuse. Admittedly, if I thought you might hit the side of my car, I would probably have given you a little toot as warning I was there, but certainly not with a barrage of abuse, and definitely with a smile when I realised you'd seen me!

However, some people seem to like the sound of their car horn. I find it best just to tut, roll your eyes, and let them get on with it. It doesn't sound like there was any real danger of you hitting their car. But in future probably best to cover all bases as it were and keep a good lookout, you never know when a child may walk behind you when you're reversing, and the dents don't buff out of them quite as easily as they do out of cars!

squeakytoy Tue 09-Aug-11 10:35:27

I always reverse into a space unless it is at the supermarket. Much easier to get in and out of the space then.

rogersmellyonthetelly Tue 09-Aug-11 10:38:15

He honked the horn after I had stopped. I had started reversing, stopped briefly when the person in front pulled in like a loony and then started again. I do reverse very slowly after someone in a car park reversed out of a space straight into the side of my car the day after I passed my test 20 odd years ago, it's always stayed with me and makes me very cautious when parking!

borderslass Tue 09-Aug-11 10:39:18

Same here squeakytoy or if possible drive through a doublespace. If people have to wait tough.

mummytotwoboys Tue 09-Aug-11 10:39:55

YANBU he sounds like a twat smile

Ormirian Tue 09-Aug-11 10:44:19

I think that some drivers should not be allowed behind the wheel unless they have been forcefed camomile tea or in extreme cases cannabis sativa (joke before anyone gets cross!). Because the overly-stressed and aggressive are the most dangerous drivers! I also think that some men should have a chemical antidote to testosterone administered half an house before getting in a car.

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