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To not understand why people say reverse bay parking is easier?

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crashdoll Sun 07-Apr-13 19:53:29

I was taught how to reverse bay park properly but I find it such a challenge. Everyone says it's so much easier to reverse park. However, I have practiced reversing in to spaces and driving in and I have deduced that driving straight in is easier. I don't find reversing out of spaces difficult at all, it comes much more naturally tome. Maybe it's easier for some people but not for me!


ClutchingPearls Sun 07-Apr-13 20:35:15

I didn't realise it was a safety thing.

I just thought it was to do with the front of the car doing turning and the back just following. So you need more room to turn the front and the back moves less. My technical name for it is wiggle room.

That's not right is it? thank god I don't drive anymore.

tigerdriverII Sun 07-Apr-13 20:38:35

It's tons safer and you have more control/visibility. I'm amazed how few people do it, though. I had two (normally intelligent and practical) women at work positively fawn over me recently, as my reverse parking was "so impressive". I felt like telling them to get some driving lessons.

DrinkFeckArseGirls Sun 07-Apr-13 21:01:06

But if you do a big shop, reverse parking is nit the best idea, is it? hmm

Redbindy Sun 07-Apr-13 21:02:42

I'm too hecsy
"And reversing out takes far longer, therefore using more fuel."
The mind boggles, your logic would suggest that a stationary car uses infinite fuel.
I'll carry on driving as fast as possible.

ImTooHecsyForYourParty Sun 07-Apr-13 21:05:44

how big is your car that you can't leave enough room to get the boot open? grin I have got a santa fe and I can open the boot when reversed in. I just make sure I leave a small gap. As for loading, if there's room, bring the trolley down the side, if there's not then I twist the wheels so they're all different angles, which acts as a brake and I grab the bags and shove them in the boot.

ImTooHecsyForYourParty Sun 07-Apr-13 21:06:28

my logic? It's in the bloody link I gave.

ChippyMinton Sun 07-Apr-13 21:07:35

Reverse parking is easier. And safer.
And, most importantly, it enables you to make a quick getaway grin

ImTooHecsyForYourParty Sun 07-Apr-13 21:11:52

ha. no, it wasn't. that one was just about it saving fuel generally. not about saving fuel on each run. whoopsie. damned pad. There was a link that said it costs more fuel to stop start out of a space when reversing out. I meant to link that too.

Redbindy Sun 07-Apr-13 21:13:02

I'm too Hyundai
The link has its merits. Your interpretation is a bit suss dear.

beanandspud Sun 07-Apr-13 21:15:07

I always reverse park. I remember someone saying to me once that if you ever had hassle in a multi-story carpark you could make a quicker getaway. I have no idea what sort of 'hassle' I might get but I've always stuck to it wink

In busy shopping centres it's easier to drive straight out since there's inevitably someone waiting for your space. Equally, if the space is tight it's easier to reverse in and drive out than the other way round.

GuffSmuggler Sun 07-Apr-13 21:16:33

Who are these idiots going on about it depends if you have a rear wheel drive?! - the back wheels don't actually turn on a rear wheel drive it makes no difference!!

I agree it's much easier to get into tight spaces and safer to drive out.

ImTooHecsyForYourParty Sun 07-Apr-13 21:17:44

"Going backwards cuts petrol bills, say motoring expertsReverse parking saves £100 a yearWant to save an easy £100 a year on petrol or diesel? Here’s how. Reverse-park into the bay outside your home or office.

According to the Institute of Advanced Motorists, backing in rather than parking nose-first will have you £2 a week. The reasoning runs like this: a car takes, on average, a minute and a half for the engine to warm. During the first seconds after starting, it uses 20-25 times more fuel. The best and quickest way to warm it is to drive at normal speeds up to 30mph.

Low-speed manuvring – as you’d need to edge safely backwards from a bay – burns extra fuel."

There we go.

On a cold engine, reversing out of a space, which takes longer on account of you not being able to swing out quickly and smoothly, takes more fuel.

ImTooHecsyForYourParty Sun 07-Apr-13 21:18:38

And did you actually do the whole patronising "dear" thing at me? Really?

BarredfromhavingStella Sun 07-Apr-13 21:22:13

Reversing into a space is a peice of piss, YABU grin

Hulababy Sun 07-Apr-13 21:25:48

I can reverse park pretty well. I do so on street parking for work every day. In a shopping centre or supermarket I rarely reverse park as I want my boot accessible for purchases! I do what works best for me practicality wise.

twooter Sun 07-Apr-13 21:26:51

Lots of companies near us insist on reverse parking for safety reasons.

Hulababy Sun 07-Apr-13 21:27:02

In some of the parking spaces I have used in town getting out of your own car door can be a struggle let alone getting to your boot!

70isaLimitNotaTarget Sun 07-Apr-13 21:29:46

I always reverse in, then I'm ok to get out if someone parks too close or their behemoth car overhangs my get-out-space.
Some places I visit at work (NHS clinician) that don't allow reverse parking because it creates fumes near the windows.
But parking face-in is a nightmare because huge vehicles then park behind.

But as they don't let us in the car-park it's academic

Redbindy Sun 07-Apr-13 21:30:51

Nowhere in those quoted articles does it state that driving slowly uses more fuel dear. Hence my statement that you appear to believe that stationary vehicles consume more fuel than those on the move.This is obviously wrong sweetie.

specialsubject Sun 07-Apr-13 21:35:47

some people really do need to learn to drive. Reversing in takes practice but it is SAFER.

Reversing into the space (which you know is empty or you wouldn't be going in) means you come out forwards where you can see properly - you don't know that there will be nothing there when you come out.

learn the length of your car so you can still get into the boot. Most spaces are long enough so you can leave space for this.

As for: 'Reversing in is also environmentally unfriendly due to the additional fuel used driving past the space before reversing in.' Cars use more fuel when reversed cold. So you reverse with a warm engine and drive forward with a cold one. (and of course the extra minute for the manoeuvre does not exactly use a lot of fuel unless you are one of those idiots who slips the clutch and revs the engine)

Shattereddreams Sun 07-Apr-13 21:37:09

I always reverse parked UNTIL I had children. Then I needed to get the buggy out the boot so it wasn't practical.
I'm also a whizz at parallel parking. Unlike DH. Mind, he can't reverse park either. grin

Hulababy Sun 07-Apr-13 21:39:23

It's not just the length of the car re getting to the boot though is it? It is also the width of the car and the closeness of cars next to you, whether there is enough room to leave a trolley in front of the car without it rolling away or into a car, whether you can get between your car and the ext car along with handfuls of bags of shopping, etc. Or when there are toddlers/babies - being able to get the pushchair out of the boot and down the side of the car, having somewhere to leave it safely whilst you go back and get said child - and then reverse at the end of the trip.

ImTooHecsyForYourParty Sun 07-Apr-13 21:39:39

really? Well, I don't know what you're reading, because I'm reading a sentence that says that low speed maneuvering uses more fuel.
"Low-speed maneuvering – as you’d need to edge safely backwards from a bay – burns extra fuel"

low speed = driving slowly. uses more fuel = erm, uses more fuel.


But since you can't even read my user name correctly, perhaps you're struggling with the sentence too, petal.

CreatureRetorts Sun 07-Apr-13 21:40:21

I force myself to reverse park as it is horrible reversing out of a bay.

However I remember reversing into a tiny space and having to get a massive pushchair in and out of the boot as well as maneuvere two small kids in and out - it was ridiculous as there has hardly any room. I had to lift the pushchair clear in the air - a fucking massive phil and teds!!!

erowid Sun 07-Apr-13 21:49:19

Reverse parking in a little Micra? I'm useless, but give me a long wheel base transit with no rear view mirror and I can reverse it into a space with only 2 inches spare in either side. I've no idea why but the bigger the vehicle the better handling I have with it.

Either way I hate reverse parking and always try and avoid it.

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