Random question I thought of today. I don't even care that people do it, I'm just curious about the rationale. I notice that some people, when they show up in a parking lot, they back into their parking space rather than pulling right in and backing out when they leave. Like I get it, for whatever reason, they want to pull right out at the end as opposed to backing out, but why? I understand pulling through if the adjacent space is open, but in the normal scenario, you have to back up either when you arrive or when you leave, you ultimately don't save any effort. So basically, if you're part of the "back in, pull out" faction, what is the reasoning? I've been in tight parking lots before where it makes more sense, but I'm talking in a normal large lot, like at a supermarket or a mall. Are you anticipating needing to make a quick get away or something? Always wondered...
Most Helpful Girl
lol depends on my mood. it's just easier to get out like others were saying, especially in a crowded place. other times i just do it for fun when it's really empty. yes that entertains me, what?
also, in some places here we actually have to. the sign will read "rear to kerb" so yeah.1
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It's the proper way to park.
If you are parked with a van or SUV or anything next to you (they could appear any time between when you park and when you return to your vehicle), you won't be able to see a thing out your side window, so you'll just have to hope that you don't back out into the path of a moving vehicle. If you're pulling out forwards (and leaning forwards), you get a much better view.
Also, if another driver parks near to you, it's much easier to manoeuvre out of a tight space forwards than backwards (again mainly due to visibility). I drive plenty of large vans / minibuses / etc, and on occasion, I've found myself really struggle to get out of a space forwards, after some inconsiderate arsehole has practically boxed me in, so I'd have been totally stuck if I'd had to reverse out. It can be just as bad with some cars - I used to have a Volvo V50 company car, which is a smallish estate car, but with tiny wing mirrors, and a tiny little letterbox for a rear window (which was also very darkly tinted), meaning you could see practically nothing out the back.
It can also be easier to get into a tight space backwards, due to the fact that the front wheels are the ones that steer, meaning the car pivots about the rear axle - it's difficult to explain, but it's essentially the same reason that it's impossible to parallel park front end first in a tight space.
And then of course, there's the matter of delayed gratification - nobody enjoys reversing, so it's better to get it out of the way when you park, so you spare yourself the hassle later.1