Reversing out of a parking spot is considerably most dangerous parking maneuver you can do. When reversing out of a parking spot, especially with large vehicles on your sides, you are necessarily blind for a while. This practice is tough to do without having someone spot you or having backup cameras. Indeed, most of the time, there will be no toddler being next to your rear bumper. People will pass you sufficiently slowly to stop, and no one will be stepping down the row of vehicles watching at their phone.
Unfortunately, most of the public insists on doing this all of the time. Stop doing it. Instead, reverse into parking spaces.
Benefits of reversing out of the parking spot
Let’s discuss the benefits here:
- Reversing in allows you to drive past a parking spot to ensure that there is nothing you could run over.
- Reversing in will enable you to steer your vehicle in more precisely (this is also why forklifts steer with their back wheels)
- When you reverse in the area that is most congested and does not have moving traffic.
- Once you have reversed in, pulling out is useless.
Let’s use a scenario of a somewhat busy supermarket store parking lot. You’re in your vehicle, buckled in and ready to go. Don’t put it in gear just yet.
- Choose which direction you want to move when you’ve pulled out.
- View to both sides and in your rearview mirror for any vehicles or walkers coming.
- Suppose it looks clear, set your car in reverse gear. If not, keep repeating step 1 until it is.
Now that your vehicle is in gear don’t go anyplace yet. Again see to both sides and in your rearview mirror for any vehicles or walkers coming. If there are minivans or SUV’s parked next to you, this will be harder – take it slow! Also, have your eyes on the vehicles parked behind you on the other side and see if someone’s white reverse lights move on.
If it looks clear, begin moving backwards very steadily (especially if your view to the sides is blocked). Continue turning your view between left, rearview mirror, right. The last thing you want here is to be so focused in one direction that you hit someone coming from the other way.
Keep pinching out until the front end of your vehicle is just about at the back end of the car next to you on the side you’ll be exiting towards. Begin seeing in every direction behind you – people won’t stand for you. How close you are to that vehicle next to you will determine the margin you have to work with here, as well as how much of your vehicle sticks out past the front tires. If you’re going to go out to your left, now sharply turn your steering wheel to the right. Keep looking behind you as you do this, making sure you also won’t back into the parked cars on the other side of your aisle.
You won’t need to complete 90-degree blackout, go enough so that you’ll have enough room to turn your wheel to the left and clear that vehicle that was next to you. If you’ve run out of maneuvering room behind you, you will have to hurry forward a tad, turning your wheel again until you get rotated enough.
Now place your vehicle in Drive and motor off nicely. Never depend only on your mirrors in this scenario keep watching over both shoulders.