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      02-07-2019, 12:56 AM   #1
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How often do you back into parking spots?

I worked valet back in the day so we were required to park vehicles rear-first.

Now it's been a permanent habit that I'm far more comfortable/talented at backing cars in. This includes in my own garage. Good/Bad habit
I honestly feel unsure when parking face-first now
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      02-07-2019, 02:11 AM   #2
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Practically never. There is a clear delineation in the demographic of those who do, however.
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Always because it’s just safer. I read an article once that said something like 5% of all driving is done in reverse but over 50% of accidents happen while reversing.

So when I first arrive at a spot I can easily see the whole scene and safely back into my spot. Then when leaving I have the best visibility by pulling out going forward.
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Always because itís just safer. I read an article once that said something like 5% of all driving is done in reverse but over 50% of accidents happen while reversing.

So when I first arrive at a spot I can easily see the whole scene and safely back into my spot. Then when leaving I have the best visibility by pulling out going forward.
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      02-07-2019, 05:00 AM   #5
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I only go in forward if there's traffic waiting for me or I'm in a screaming hurry to get anywhere. Otherwise, I back in.

As for the garage at home, I back in always - and it really irks me when people drive in forward.

First and foremost: We were always taught to do leave vehicles in the 'drive away' position on the farm for bushfire and medical safety (you might be wanting to leave in a REAL hurry, those few seconds could save a life) - so it's second nature - like steering into a skid.

Secondly - most people have a footpath between their garage and the road, it's a lot easier to see pedestrians if you're coming out of your property forward.

And finally - I have a much better view of my passenger-side wheel position on the ground in reverse (thanks to the auto-dipping passenger-side mirror), I find it much easier to park accurately between all the crap I'm storing in my shed with the car when I reverse in.
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I find myself backing in most often when there's a parking block in the space. The worst feeling is hearing that crunch sound if you've pulled in too far and the lip kisses the block.
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Always. As others have said it is much safer pulling out. That being said, it does drive me crazy when I see people backing in that lack the ability to back in. How difficult is it? If you can't do it, don't do it.
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I back in all the time when it comes to parking where ever I go including my garage. it just makes it safer to see when you pull out vs backing out
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Everyday in our work parking garage
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I reverse in to my gym and my train parking spots every day. I do not back into my garage because I like to start my car about 60 seconds before I leave (in the winter) and don't want those fumes leaking into the house. My garage is also really tight and I feel more comfortable doing it forward.
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I always back in to public parking spaces if I can without holding someone up. At home I generally pull in forward because in my driveway/garage layout it’s a lot easier to do and backing out is no safety issue. If I’m unloading things I do back in.
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Only time when I back in is when I park next to a curb and my mirrors dip so I can be as close as possible without curbing my wheels.
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My car sits really low so I made it a habit to always back in. NFG if traffic has to wait for me (I get it in one try).
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Never, and I shake my fist violently at the assholes that take sixteen times longer than necessary to inch backwards into a spot that they could have just slid right into.
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The only times that I don't back in are in busy parking lots when the directional arrows are present in keeping flow of traffic in one direction. Parking places are typically at 45 degrees here also. I do not back into my garage unless I'm working on my car, but I live at the end of a culdesac so I have almost no traffic in front of my dirveway. Everywhere else, I always back in; as other have stated it safer exiting.
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All the time, except in the slanted spots mentioned above with the directional lanes.
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I don't drive a lot but the few places I do go (even my garage) I seem to always back in. Its funny bc I never use to do this till I had a summer job as a valet driver when I was a lot younger and we had to back cars in, ever since then I seem to do it out of habit most of the time
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only at work and at home, my most regular spots.
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I pull forward into my garage, but I almost always back into parking spots.
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I feel there's too much guess work when pulling forward into a bay! Am i too close to one side? Am i straight ?

Always back in to take advantage of mirrors, reversing cam etc.
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It depends:

General Parking - If I have the time I park rear first. It really is because the rear of the car is higher than the front. So if there is a parking curb there that is hiding I don't risk ripping off the front bumper. The camera is also helpful at seeing things that are low to the ground.

Work HQ - Have to park nose first. Some weird corporate policy.

Work Distro or manufacturing plant - Required to park rear first. Some weird corporate policy.

Garage - always nose first. My garage is not connected to my house so i have to walk out from the garage door. Also there is a large cabinet that the car goes under. So if I go rear first, I have to duck under the cabinet to get stuff out of the trunk, only to walk back to the other side of garage.
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I generally back in since my front lip protrudes a little and I dont want to risk hitting a parking block. At home in my garage however I never back in as there is no reason to.
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