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Is Parking Backward better than Parking Forward?

Whenever I drive around I constantly try to determine how I should be Parking. For arguments sake we will be focusing first between forward and back parking. Let’s reserve the parallel parking for a whole new different topic. So which one is better? or maybe which one is easier? Which one is safer? These are just some of the questions we ask our selves when we park.

In my opinion I think it’s better to Park Backwards and here is why.

1) In some ways, it’s actually easier. The common argument against parking in reverse is that backing up into a narrow space between two cars is more difficult than just driving straight in. But what about when you’re exiting? What’s harder then, reversing into an empty parking slot or keeping an eye out for oncoming cars behind you? With a well-positioned parking space, at least you’re certain that another car won’t suddenly jump in your way.

2) It’s safer. Speaking of things suddenly getting in your way, keeping an eye out for pedestrians with shopping carts is much easier when you’re already facing the way you’re going. As we all know, not everyone keeps their wits about them when they’re walking or driving.

3) Getting out is much simpler. Not all parking lots are made equal. Some are spacious, while others are narrow with nary an inch of room to spare (although there is a building standard for parking spaces). So imagine you drive forward into a tight slot, then come back to find that two massive SUVs have sandwiched you on either side. Backing out of that slot would require some precision driving. If you parked facing outwards, though, you can drive off with a lot less fuss.

Of course, there are some instances when you should park face-forward: When you need to load stuff into your trunk, when your car or the parking slot’s dimensions leave you with no other option, or when there’s a big sign insisting that you do so. Still, if you ask us, parking in reverse is usually the way to go. Do you agree?


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