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"when I had the F150 I always backed in, its a lot easier to back a large truck into a tight space than to pull in normal."


I just got my truck (1500 Z71) and I have been backing it in everywhere I go. I feel like I would mow some shit down if I didn't.

10/20/2009 1:10:42 PM

AstralAdvent
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I don't back in but i'll drive around for at least 5 extra seconds to find a space i can pull through

I'm AstralAdvent and i approved this message.

10/20/2009 1:11:39 PM

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i lol at people who pull into a relatively empty parking deck where maybe theres a car in the closest and 3rd closest spots to the store, but the rest of the row of spots is completely open...and rather than park in say, the 5th spot, they park in the 2nd spot so they don't have to walk the extra 15 feet

10/20/2009 1:18:46 PM

Slave Famous
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or on the flip side of that, people who have average cars who park in the far end of the parking lot just to have a 20 foot buffer on each side, lest someone scratch their integra

10/20/2009 1:23:22 PM

TreeTwista10
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i remember some dumb fucker banged my door with his in the Valentine parking lot on the other side of the tracks from west campus...can't remember how we got him back, i think we poured a 40 in his window or something

10/20/2009 1:25:05 PM

Ragged
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I back in every chance I get

a. I have to park on a hill and its better for the Transmission pump when its warm
B. I don't want to have to play froger when I leave some where
C. I'm ocd about shit so it has to be nice looking and backing in looks nicer than just swinging the car into a space.

I could go on for days

10/20/2009 1:29:22 PM

Slave Famous
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A girl I saw for a while was like that

Had to be perfectly lined up in the spot, and she would back out again and again like Austin Powers if it wasn't straight

Personally, I think as long as you have all 4 tires inside the line, its good enough

10/20/2009 1:32:16 PM

Ragged
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Well if you think the bare minimum good enough.....

10/20/2009 1:35:56 PM

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It is always safer to back into a parking space.

I, too, do this almost every chance I get.

If I happen to pull forwards into a parking space, I do not necessarily have to walk behind my vehicle when I get back in, therefore, I do not know for sure that there isn't anything behind me.

10/20/2009 1:38:31 PM

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i back into parking spaces most of the time

i know it doesnt make sense, but it seems like most of the time when i get to a place im arriving when there isnt much parking lot traffic. So I spend the extra 2 seconds up front, to avoid the omghassle of backing out (waiting for other drivers) when there is more lot-traffic

10/20/2009 1:50:15 PM

d357r0y3r
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I drive a truck, but that's not why I back into parking spaces at work. When I'm off work, I want to leave as soon as possible. That's the reason.

10/20/2009 1:59:43 PM

raleighboy
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There's a guy in my office building who's so paranoid about his Porsche getting hit, dinged, or even pooped on that he parks it at the far end of the lot away from any other cars and puts a cover on it every morning. Jeez dude, it's a car, not a newborn. I often want to park right next to it just to piss him off but I'm too lazy to walk that far.

10/20/2009 2:07:31 PM

Big4Country
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I like the people who come to the grocery store and pull through one row of cars into the other, so they don't have to back up at all. Then someone parks behind them and they have to try to squeeze their cart between 2 cars to get their groceries in the trunk.

10/20/2009 2:13:01 PM

Fumbler
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When I'm working I back my truck into parking spaces, roads, trails, whatever.
Sometimes you need to just gtfo when you're working around fire.

10/20/2009 5:17:26 PM

jackleg
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hahahaha i was so so so so upset when i got my first little dent in my bumper

10/20/2009 6:03:34 PM

jackleg
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also, everyone at my work backs in too, except for a few of us. its just a mob mentality thing with them, i think....

10/20/2009 6:05:27 PM

eleusis
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it's easier to back a truck into a parking spot, and our construction company's safety policy requires us to back into parking spaces.

10/20/2009 6:25:15 PM

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it's easier for me to back my truck into a spot than to back it out of a spot. when you're backing into a spot, you can see what's coming both ways. when you're backing out of a spot, you can't always see if another car is coming and a lot of idiots won't stop when they see someone slowly backing out of a spot ahead of them. they just think "welp, if he backs into me it'll be his fault so i ain't stopping" and keep right on going. not much you can do when you're parked between SUVs or vans or something.

also, this summer at work the parking lot was empty when i got there so it was really easy to back into a spot and then when i left in the afternoon the lot was full so it was easy to just pull straight out with cars on both sides of me.

i also batman park whenever possible

10/20/2009 6:52:37 PM

TenaciousC
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I almost always back in because:

a. it's easier to see when pulling out, and I know I'm not running over anything
b. leaves room for my driver side and the room for the driver side of the other car beside me (unless the people next to me back in, too)
c. my car looks waaaaay cooler from the front

exceptions to the rule:

- grocery shopping/hauling shit (gotta have access to the hatchback)
- garage (driveway is too steep to back in, and if I do I usually burn the clutch a little)

10/20/2009 9:21:06 PM

Muzition00
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Because I once hit and killed a homeless person backing out of a parking space... and now I have a crippling fear of having to back OUT of a parking space. In a big parking lot, I will sit in a parking space until the car in front of me leaves, then do a pull through. No lie.

10/20/2009 11:26:02 PM

TKE-Teg
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I back into parking spots at work, and that's usually about it.

And here's why:

I drive a small sports car and most people at work have SUVs, vans, or work trucks. Therefore I can't see anything on either side when I pull out of the spot. My car is also a convertible, with a tiny ass rear window. You could hide a Mac truck in the blindspots my car has. I could back into an 800lb gorilla and never see it. Thus, I back in.

And yeah, when it's 5pm I wanna get the hell out of there

Outside of work I usually park in the back of whatever lot I'm in, or an end spot if possible. My car dents easily and I'll be damned if some asshole is gonna ding me.

10/26/2009 1:49:47 PM

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http://www.vox.com/2016/8/1/11926596/safer-back-into-parking-spaces?utm_campaign=vox.social&utm_medium=social&utm_content=voxdotcom&utm_source=qntmoverlord

8/1/2016 10:30:02 PM

theDuke866
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http://www.slate.com/articles/life/transport/2011/02/youre_parking_wrong.html

8/1/2016 11:10:02 PM

JeffreyBSG
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I really don't think I've ever done this in my life.

Part of it is that I'm an uber-impatient driver, and just want to screech into my space and get the fuck out of my car.

But also, backing out of a space isn't that hard/dangerous. Just look in either direction, and if there aren't any cars coming, you can back out. I've done it thousands of times in my life without mishap.

also, I feel like backing in would be harder than backing out - because by definition, if you're backing out, you have lots of space, whereas if you're backing in you've got to worry about fitting your car into a small area. and going forward is easier than going backward, so I prefer to do the tricky part while moving forward and the easy part while moving backward.

apparently others find the reverse to be true, particularly with large trucks


[Edited on August 2, 2016 at 12:24 AM. Reason : ewgherg]

8/2/2016 12:19:50 AM

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Makes sense to me. Better to back into a known situation (between two cars) than a mostly unknown situation.

[Edited on August 2, 2016 at 12:54 AM. Reason : And the tricky part is backing into the unknown, not pulling forward between two cars.]

8/2/2016 12:53:29 AM

JeffreyBSG
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the thing is, it's seldom unknown. I can usually look in both directions and see there are no cars coming

and on the occasions when I can't, I usually just back out slowly, so that if anybody's coming, they can honk/avoid me. it seems to work okay.

I'll post later this week, when the jinx kicks in and somebody smashes into my gas tank.

8/2/2016 1:00:56 AM

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Sure, but there can be cars and/or people coming when you're backing out, which isn't the case when you're backing in.

8/2/2016 1:03:18 AM

TreeTwista10
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JeffBigSweatyGenitals probably squeezes into a parking space between two cars straddling the line, just so he doesn't have to park 20 feet away and walk his ass the extra 6 yards.

8/2/2016 1:20:35 AM

JeffreyBSG
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^^
yes, I know. but 80% of the time, I have a clear enough field of vision to see whether cars/people are coming. and the other 20%, I just back out slowly, as said.

I mean, I hit people sometimes now and then, but they're usually old/retarded.

^
close. actually, I spend 30s looking for a parking space nearby, and swearing that there isn't one, when I could easily just park in a visible space that's slightly farther away, and spend the 30s walking the 20ft between the two spaces.

8/2/2016 1:40:10 AM

TKE-Teg
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I don't understand how you're arguing against this. The logic is flawless.

In my current car, if I'm backing out of a spot, I can't see anything to the right (blind side) until I'm at least 3 feet out of my spot. That's way too much time for someone not paying attention to run right into me.

8/2/2016 9:14:33 AM

NeuseRvrRat
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Pull through > backing in > pulling in

I batman park whenever possible

8/2/2016 9:53:11 AM

dtownral
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a lot easier to get into a tight spot backing in than pulling forward

8/2/2016 10:14:33 AM

BigMan157
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a lot of lots are directional now too

8/2/2016 10:19:03 AM

justinh524
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I back in and then pull through

8/2/2016 10:25:28 AM

DROD900
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obviously no one remembers drivers ed when you are taught to honk before backing up, eliminates the problem of passing cars running into you

problem.solved.

8/2/2016 11:01:01 AM

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Per safety reasons, I have to back into my spot at work everyday. I do it so much it has became a habitat everywhere I go.

8/2/2016 2:39:37 PM

Klatypus
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I tend to back into parking spaces because I can better align myself with the space, especially the old 1950 ford 150 truck I used to drive for work.... MUCH easier to park it in reverse

8/2/2016 2:43:53 PM

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"obviously no one remembers drivers ed when you are taught to honk before backing up, eliminates the problem of passing cars running into you"


Do you honestly think that someone not paying attention is even going to notice that?

Let's be real here...

8/2/2016 2:47:11 PM

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F-150 didn't come out til 1975

8/2/2016 4:18:07 PM

Klatypus
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..... yea, it was a 197 something

not sure where I got 1950 in my head

8/2/2016 4:25:55 PM

NeuseRvrRat
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"Per safety reasons, I have to back into my spot at work everyday."


me too

dtownral is right. It's way easier to back into a really tight space. That's one of the reasons most forklifts are rear steer. You swing the rear end instead of the front end. Way easier to get the forks in the right spot without having to back up and go at it again than if it was front wheel steer and the forks were swinging wide.

8/2/2016 6:44:18 PM

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If you work downtown in one of the parking decks, you come to appreciate backing in. Nowadays, with people all over their phones, it's too easy for someone to not be paying attention when you're backing slowly and hoping you don't get hit. And then you have to anticipate whether they'll even stop for you or if they expect you to stop since you're in the way.

8/2/2016 8:28:07 PM

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Move forward into narrow areas, and backwards into open areas. Doing the harder thing into the smaller space is dumb.

8/2/2016 9:09:17 PM

NeuseRvrRat
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move forward into the space with other moving cars. move backwards into the space with no other moving vehicles.

8/2/2016 9:23:52 PM

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I back into spaces, usually. I've done it so much that it's quick, straight, and sexy. Then, when I need to bounce, I can do so easily. Never know, as a black man, when you might need to make an expedited exit. Anyone that doesn't back into a parking space when prudent is a fool.


Sheeeeiiiiit, not going to have my black ass be the first to die in a zombie outbreak

8/2/2016 9:36:44 PM

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"Move forward into narrow areas, and backwards into open areas. Doing the harder thing into the smaller space is dumb."


Lemme guess, you also install your toilet paper like this:

8/2/2016 9:51:01 PM

NeuseRvrRat
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Lionheart is the reason the govt is mandating backup cameras in all cars

8/2/2016 9:56:09 PM

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^^ yep. and it's not dumb. doing the harder thing into the smaller space is in order to avoid doing the more dangerous thing for want of driving skill to do otherwise.

[Edited on August 2, 2016 at 9:58 PM. Reason : ^ exactly. vehicle control incompetence AND lack of judgment]

8/2/2016 9:58:25 PM

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"Anyone that doesn't back into a parking space when prudent is a fool. "


that's key too. i'll back in in a calm scenario. but i'm not gonna impede on multiple vehicles if i have to do a 3 point turn to back in.

8/2/2016 10:31:52 PM

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Pull through >> backing in

Mostly bc I'm sick of having to sit around for 30 seconds in the grocery store parking lot while you people get everything situated just so.

[Edited on February 8, 2019 at 1:01 PM. Reason : ]

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