Do you prefer to drive in and reverse out or vice versa?
December 3, 2009 12:42pm CST
I always prefer to reverse into our drive or a parking space and drive out rather than the other way round and I read (somewhere) that reversing puts more strain on the engine so its better to do the reversing whilst the engine is warm and go forward when you first turn on the ignition. Does anyone know if theres any truth in that? Also, our security officer at work advised us to park so that we can just drive off rather than have to reverse if we feel we are in any danger.
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3 Dec 09
Hi wizzywig, do you mean into a parking space parking space, or just a parking space? If it's the former which are few and far between over here apart from the paying ones which I won't use on priniciple along with most everyone else the I drive in, but not of course on the paying ones as I don't park there. But if I'm driving along peering for a space in our clogged with traffic town then I reverse in, or attempt to, but if it blocks the road for too long it all gets terribly difficult and the car stalls and the gear stick won't go into reverse and I usually give up and drive off unless some nice people come along and start telling me which way to move the wheel. I actually parked to perfection the other week, I arrived at the Greeks business and wanted to park on the road outside and spotted a space opposite and as it was raining determined to get into it though it was only as big as the car. Unbelievably I got in there first time. The Greek came out and went back in again as he was keeping an eye out for my arrival but when saw a perfectly parked car just presumed it wasn't me.
3 Dec 09
Of course I forgot to add that most of these roads are one way so you have to face the way you need to leave or you'd be driving the wrong way up a one way street. Last time I did that a few people felt the need to point it out to me as if I didn't already know but the only alterative was backing onto a busy main road.
3 Dec 09
I was thinking mainly about marked out parking spaces really since, on our work site, parking anywhere other than the designated areas gets you a fine. If its not a marked space, I like to have room to manoeuvre. If i park along the street I wouldn't really have to reverse in or out. I dont like it when my neighbours visitors park in the part along my fence where I start my reverse from. At the moment, there is a hole in the road at that point because they're replacing the gas mains!
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6 Dec 09
I prefer to pull in forwards and back out. That is just how I am used to doing it. I dont' really like backing in to any thing especially a tight parking spot, I would probably misjudge it and hit someone else's car if I did it that way. My car has really bad blind spots and the rear lights are not really sufficient, so I am really nervous backing out of parking spots at night time unless the parking lot is really well lit.