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Backwards is best

Monday 10th August, 2009 at 19:08 COMMENTS (0)

In a car park, do you reverse into a parking space and drive out, or drive in and reverse out?

The next time you are in a car park, have a look around and see how many people reverse into the space.  You will probably find that most people actually drive in and reverse out. 

On the other hand, reversing into the space provides you with several advantages.  The first of these is that it is safer to reverse into somewhere you can see into (the parking space), rather than reverse out, into somewhere you can't (the line of moving traffic).  It is also easier to control a car going forwards, rather than backwards when the car is first started and the automatic choke is activated.  The reduction in wear and tear on you and the car is useful too - plus the fact you can pull away immediately while the engine is cold, rather than labour it doing a reversing manoeuvre. 

From a security point of view, reversing close to an object such as a wall can make it more difficult for thieves to access your boot.  If you need to exit a parking space quickly for personal security, driving out provides you with better acceleration and improved vision. 

Over the next week why don't you try reversing into a parking space?

 

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