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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!


SquinkiesRule Mon 08-Apr-13 02:26:58

I'm crap at reversing, I never reverse in to park mainly because I need to open. the boot to load up bags of food. reversing in makes that difficult.

sashh Mon 08-Apr-13 03:10:47

I have practiced reversing in to spaces and driving in and I have deduced that driving straight in is easier.

You do know reverse parking is between two cars at the side of the road, not a supermarket parking space.

BigBoobiedBertha Mon 08-Apr-13 04:34:03

YABU . Reverse parking is much easier, and uses less fuel and is kinder to a cold engine when you leave the soace plus it is safer.

I do drive into parking spaces for a big shop at the supermarket but it needs more room to swing into the space, it is much harder to do it neatly in one move and it takes longer to get out of the space as you risk injury to yourself, the car and other people because visibility is so poor especially if somebody with a van or a 4 wheel drive truck thing parks next to you and you can't see over the top. I would reverse in if I could guarantee the person behind leaves enough room to open the boot and stand behind the car but they don't always so front parking it is. Everywhere else, reversing is the best.

Most of all I don't want to be one of those cliched women who can't park that chauvinists would have us believe is the norm with women drivers.

BigBoobiedBertha Mon 08-Apr-13 04:43:02

"You do know reverse parking is between two cars at the side of the road, not a supermarket parking space"

No parking between 2 cars on the side of the road is parallel parking which is a specific type of reverse parking. Reversing into a parking space in a car park is, well, reverse parking.

Lueji Mon 08-Apr-13 05:20:20

Then he told me how impressed he was and ever since l reverse park like a five year old

My DS has been able to reverse park and parallel park (!) and do a 3 point turn since he was about 5 in his electric car. grin

Lueji Mon 08-Apr-13 05:25:39

On busy roads to parallel park I often drive in and then maneuvre so that the final movements are the same as reversing.
Front parallel parking is never as neat as reverse.

Lueji Mon 08-Apr-13 05:29:40

Oh, and I hate it when twats helpful gentlemen start giving tips when I reverse park. It makes me want accidentally climb the kerb.

Trazzletoes Mon 08-Apr-13 05:47:54

YABU. Reversing in is much easier!

MiaowTheCat Mon 08-Apr-13 08:42:42

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Doyouthinktheysaurus Mon 08-Apr-13 08:52:08

I have a Ford Galaxy, it's a never ending length of car behind me! I can reverse in no problem, but I'm buggered if I can reverse out! Not a hope in hellconfused

I used to go in forwards in my Vauxhall vectra but we needed the bigger car and it's a small price to pay.

Where possible I park the arse end of nowhere anyway, all by myself and walkgrin

crashdoll Mon 08-Apr-13 09:49:29

A couple of people asked me "why AIBU?" well, because when I've talked to family members and friends, they look at me like I'm crazy when I say I find driving in and reversing out easier. Parking choices always seems to generate debate, especially in my family.

BiddyPop Mon 08-Apr-13 10:13:33

I always find it easier to reverse in and go forward out. I am more terrified of not seeing something coming (and not stopping) as I reverse out while reversing in is reasonably straightforward (I am happy to move out and realign if need be) - and I have effectively stopped the cars coming around me while I do that so they won't hit me.

I learned a method of sideways on parking here in MN (or was it MagicMum?) - align your front tyre with the front tyre of the car parked in front of your spot, lock hard to the left (so you're moving left) and reverse into the space, straightening up the wheels once your back wheel is close enough to the kerb - you should make it in 1 manoeuvre (2 max if space is tight). It now also means I am able to sideways park in a right hand space as well as left!! YAY!!

But then, I learned to drive in a bit of a tank (fiat argenta), with a Volvo estate (not a titchy one) as the alternative once Dad was convinced I wouldn't scrape the paintwork. And since then, have taken on a lot of different sizes and shapes, and a few LH drives as well (mostly abroad, but once here).

chris481 Mon 08-Apr-13 11:15:10


For the first ten years or so of driving I used to reverse park, purely to make it easier to leave. (Easier as in easier manoeuvre - was not really bothered about the visibility issue.) Then I decided it was illogical: there are two dimensions of difficulty, forwards/backwards and in/out, and I thought that generally speaking it's easier to drive a car forwards than backwards, and easier to drive out of a space (into a larger space) than in, average difficulty will be the same whatever you do, but taking maximum difficulty as a metric, reverse parking must be illogical since it combines the more difficult options from each dimension.

So I switched to forward parking.

I did not actually go into a car park and practise both to see if one felt easier than the other though. I don't understand why people say it is easier to steer a car in reverse, which contradicts one of my assumptions.

I suspect if reverse parking were really easier, more people would do it. In my office car park, where access to the boot is presumably not a factor, almost no-one reverse parks. So I suspect the people who say it's easier are simply wrong. (Wanting better visibility pulling out may be a legimate reason for doing it thought.)

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