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When it is an option, approximately what percentage of the time do you back into parking spaces as opposed to pulling straight in forward?

[For me, it is the go–to choice; I do it about 90% of the time that it is available to me.]
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Posted - March 6, 2023

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  • 44332
    It takes me about 200% longer to back in than it does to go forward.
      March 6, 2023 11:24 AM MST
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  • 17461
    ...and it's a thousand times safer.
      March 7, 2023 12:47 PM MST
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  • 2964
    Maybe 2% of the time, it's easier to pull in forward.
      March 6, 2023 11:30 AM MST
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  • 10493
    I prefer to back in.   If you saw how people around here parked/drove, you'd back into a parking space 100% of the time.  They cannot seem to see any automobile backing out of a parking space - even if they've been cruising the lot for an hour waiting for an "up front" space and you're pulling out of one. 
    Remember that friendly, frail great-great grandmother who told you all about her great-great grandchildren as you stood behind her in line inside the store?   Once she gets in her car, she will back out of her parking space at 35 mph, running over anyone or anything in her way... then give you the finger as she speeds off.  
      March 6, 2023 1:28 PM MST
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  • 2898
    Virtually never.  I have little to no ability to back into a parking space.  
      March 6, 2023 1:52 PM MST
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  • 13261
    Not my issue. I take Ubers locally and only get behind the wheel when traveling out of town. I drove exactly twice in 2022, in June for a college reunion and in July for a family funeral.
      March 6, 2023 3:28 PM MST
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  • 16326
    I reverse perpendicular to the kerb when I need to load/unload a large quantity of stuff via the tailgate. As far as reverse parallel parking goes, I avoid that unless there's no other option. The biggest downside of station wagons is parking, but reverse parallel parking is the pits.
      March 6, 2023 3:52 PM MST
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  • 13261
    kerb curb

    Or is that your strange Aussie spelling?
      March 6, 2023 4:00 PM MST
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  • 16326
    English spelling. It's THEIR language, you messed it up.
      March 7, 2023 3:41 AM MST
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  • 13261
    Strange Aussie spelling. Check.
      March 7, 2023 4:29 AM MST
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  • 3684
    Not strange, British spelling too, and two different words!

    The Kerb is the raised strip along the edge of the road, Curb means to stop, hinder or reduce.

    As in: Use the brakes to curb the car's speed when approaching the kerb!
      March 23, 2023 11:03 AM MDT
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  • 13261
    Not here. Curb is both a noun and a verb.
      March 23, 2023 11:08 AM MDT
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  • 3684
    I know! More to the point, same word with two very different meanings. :-)
      March 23, 2023 11:35 AM MDT
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  • 10052
    Backing up is not one of my greatest skills, even with a camera. If at all possible, I park where I can pull through and don't have to back in or out. We're all safer for it.
      March 6, 2023 5:54 PM MST
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  • 10053
    .00000001%

    Also see Jane's response. 
      March 6, 2023 8:41 PM MST
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  • 32920
    Will pull in if possible. I also look for a space I can pull in and then go straight out.  I avoid backing up whenever I can. 
      March 7, 2023 5:42 AM MST
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  • 17461
    100%.  I have since I was 18 years old and went to work for Bell Telephone.  They stressed safety and not following the strict safety protocol when driving a company vehicle would land an employee in an uncomfortable place......maybe his own living room.    Every place you go to find the safest way to do things will tell you to always back into parking spaces.  People do not have wrecks nor hit pedestrians backing into parking spaces, but that  is not true when driving forward out of a parking space.  Some jurisdictions are requiring pull-through parking in lots and designing city streets with slanted curb parking the opposite direction with which you might be familiar....this demands backing into the spaces and pulling forward to leave the space.  Haven't you ever wondered why corporate vehicles always back into parking spaces and driveways?  



      March 7, 2023 1:05 PM MST
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  • 52993

     

      “People do not have wrecks nor hit pedestrians backing into parking spaces, but that is not true when driving forward out of a parking space.”

      Wait, what?  

      


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      March 8, 2023 7:30 AM MST
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  • 5453
    It’s almost 100% of the time.  When I’m looking for a parking space, I don’t consider how close it is to the store entrance.  I go for the ones I can pull through first.  If there aren’t any pull-through spaces, I back into one that has plenty of space.

    I also do it this way to follow my own rules since I’m employed as the safety director for my husband’s trucking company.  In trucking, backing is always risky but backing into a space at the truck stop is far less dangerous than backing out of a space.  A truck pulling straight into the space at the truck stop is called nosediving and it’s a violation of our company policy.

    If one of our drivers backs out of a space and hits another truck or a fixed object, it’s automatically a preventable accident.
      March 7, 2023 1:46 PM MST
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  • 3684
    Never really thought about it but I suppose I reverse into a parking space far more often than driving in forwards. Then exiting is easier and safer.

    I live in a fairly narrow street with no parking spaces on each home's land, so like everyone else need park parallel to the kerb, very often with very little room to manoeuvre.

    In that situation, and compounded by having a front-wheel drive car, parking parallel forwards is virtually impossible when there is not much room fore-and-aft between cars already there, so you have to reverse in.

    I fitted a reversing-camera above the rear window to help me.
      March 23, 2023 11:12 AM MDT
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  • 1817
    100% of the time I will back in, I actually have no idea how to pull in to a spot, it's take a lot of adjusting and at least twice as long.  I'm pretty good at backing In and can get it perfect in one try even without the backup camera 
      June 29, 2023 9:53 PM MDT
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