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Alexi7
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Message Posted: Aug 31, 2011 7:33:39 AM

Yes, I work with people who think nothing of holding up traffic just so they don't have to back out at the end of the day. I'll do a "pull-through" if the opportunity is there. Backing into a slot is a waste of time.
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dontuknowOH
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Message Posted: Feb 25, 2013 9:14:44 PM

From my previous post > There are times when I have seen shopping carts scattered here/there around the lots. On windy days one must watch carful that a cart doesn blow in behind your vehicle as you back into the spot.

That reason counts for the other 3% to not reverse park,damage to the vehicle. myop...
Coco0828
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Message Posted: Feb 25, 2013 7:58:19 PM

no
dandeeman
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Message Posted: Feb 25, 2013 5:22:54 PM

NOPE
5p33df73ak
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Message Posted: Feb 25, 2013 10:20:06 AM

yes but I try to find a more convent way of doing it. If there is a complete 2 parking spaces open then I just pull up. If i have to back up i rather back if there are no cars around me.
fkkf92
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Message Posted: Feb 25, 2013 9:45:40 AM

yes
FarmTech
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Message Posted: Feb 25, 2013 9:32:47 AM

I do NOT "insist". If there is a way for me to safely back in without blocking any traffic, I will do so.

Generally, as a rule, I look for spots where I can drive through from one side to the other space. That way, one does not have to use reverse at all.
CollegeMan21
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2013 10:36:18 PM

I will back into a parking spot, only if I can.
dontuknowOH
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2013 8:34:53 PM

I always thought it was a bit senceless to be in such a hurry to speed through parking lot aisles keeping other motorists from backing out at a safe oppertunity with obscured views,seems very deliberate,very much inconsiderate,selfish,dangerous to others on foot or impared.

gvan; got it right 97% in my book anyway.....Little children often don't look and are in a hurry also but they don't drive...
bearscharger
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2013 8:09:47 PM

No
gvan
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2013 6:48:40 PM

The main reason for backing into a parking space is that you are backing away from traffic and avoiding having to back into traffic when you leave.
A secondary reason is that if you see a suspicious person near your car when you return, you can leave the parking spot without stopping, which you have to do if you are backing out of your parking space. As previously mentioned, visibility is better when driving forward out of a parking space. Of course, avoiding backing is the best situation if that is possible i.e. a drive thru parking spot.
gascomber
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2013 1:00:47 PM

It depends on the situation.
blitzburgh58
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2013 12:53:11 PM

Still yes. Still glad it ruffles Alexi's feathers.
JoeKing
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Message Posted: Feb 9, 2013 5:08:35 PM

I prefer to back in but don't really insist on it.
STEVE853
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Message Posted: Feb 9, 2013 4:41:42 PM

Yes
FarmTech
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Message Posted: Feb 9, 2013 4:29:34 PM

I can second the Opinion and Post by gvan.

I was taught in Driver's Ed -- and I was told by current Instructors that it is still taught to this day -- that under the following conditions:
1) You did not impede other drivers in the parking lot; AND
2) It was safe to do so; AND
3) You could perform the maneuver in an expedient manner;
then you should always BACK INTO a Parking Space.

The primary reason cited was that it was MUCH SAFER to exit a Parking Space by driving forward, where the driver had greater fields of vision and could see oncoming traffic.

California has too many laws and some are pure non-sense. Glad I do not live there.
LuckyD43
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Message Posted: Feb 9, 2013 3:29:21 PM

Usually
d_clark
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Message Posted: Feb 8, 2013 7:01:16 PM

no
gvan
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Message Posted: Feb 8, 2013 6:40:17 PM

"In California, some cities have made it illegal to back in to parking spaces. citing safety."

This is extremeely funny. Most driver trainers will tell you to back into parking spaces since it is safer.
gvan
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Message Posted: Feb 8, 2013 6:35:39 PM

You back in or you back out....why is one quicker than the other?
BartandLisa
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Message Posted: Feb 8, 2013 6:08:26 PM

Yes
STEVE853
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Message Posted: Feb 8, 2013 4:39:18 PM

Yes
SemiSteve
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Message Posted: Feb 8, 2013 4:24:38 PM

Rarely. I prefer to pull-thru. I like to park out near the highway; so pulling through is easier there. It saves gas.

We're all here at GB to save on gas. I'm a hyper-miler; so I have made gas-saving an art form. When you park out by the highway you don't drive as far as parking up close to the building. (Cha-ching!) And: no time wasted looking for a spot. (Cha-ching!) Backing up, whether before or after parking is a waste of gas. I select my parking spot as soon as I can see it. When I know I have enough momentum I turn the engine off and coast into my spot. Easy to do in the empty part of the lot. (Cha-ching!) More gas saved.

Walking across the parking lot to the building is good exercise. Another bonus. Fitness can come in little things; habit adjustments.

Also, when I get ready to go I can check out the highway to see if it is clear before starting the engine. No need to start it up and then wait for traffic. (Cha-ching!) When it is clear I put the shifter in neutral and keep one hand on it and the other on the key. As soon as the engine fires I click it into gear and begin rolling. (Cha-ching!)

All part of my arsenal of gas-saving tricks. My car is rated 21/31 mpg. I usually get around 29/35. (Cha-ching!) Best I ever got was 42 hwy. (pre-ethanol)

So nice to have little habits that save me gas and money. Adds up. So nice to have everything paid for and no payments. The only thing I pay interest on is the mortgage. Take that, you greedy big corporations. 99% back atcha.
ccode
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Message Posted: Feb 8, 2013 4:18:59 PM

Often Times I will back in when parking if it is convenient. I agree with Davisadm that it does not waste time overall.
toms1120
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Message Posted: Feb 8, 2013 4:06:51 PM

No
xtremecheap
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Message Posted: Feb 8, 2013 2:20:35 PM

I try to if applicable. I like backing into a spot where Ive just seen what was there. As opposed to backing out after getting back into the vehicle and not know what may have just entered while I was not looking.
davisadm
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Message Posted: Feb 8, 2013 12:17:59 PM

I like to back in, especially in tight spots, as it is easier to maneuver in. As to wasting time, no, it doesn't. Yes, backing into a spot takes longer and may block others for a second (heaven forbid that someone has to wait a second), BUT, you make that up as you leave.
bearscharger
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Message Posted: Feb 7, 2013 4:07:02 PM

no
Moe86
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Message Posted: Feb 7, 2013 2:12:58 PM

No.
Coco0828
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Message Posted: Feb 7, 2013 11:00:09 AM

I don't but my husband does.
pacecar68
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Message Posted: Feb 7, 2013 10:40:38 AM

yes, for the most part.
dontuknowOH
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Message Posted: Feb 7, 2013 10:09:02 AM

I do a pull-thru when possible,but choose to back-in at idle speed. The reason is I have witnessed other drivers backing out of parking lot spaces then hammering down the go-pedel to alley speeds when leaving the aisles of the lot.

While I was parked these > at least 7 were zooming past the other still parked vehicles only with two feet of clearance,cel-phones glued to their ear,lost in conversation,12-15 mph.at least,leaving premises.So... I do...
Hanski
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Message Posted: Feb 7, 2013 9:17:03 AM

yes
WEDDY
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Message Posted: Feb 7, 2013 9:09:17 AM

No
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Message Posted: Feb 7, 2013 8:55:11 AM

no
jonjon57
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Message Posted: Feb 7, 2013 8:46:57 AM

No
the1roadhog
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Message Posted: Feb 7, 2013 8:32:11 AM

Always park where I won't be dinged
noblegiant
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Message Posted: Feb 7, 2013 8:28:50 AM

Most Times
sweeteddy
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Message Posted: Feb 7, 2013 8:00:06 AM

no
MaryBooth
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Message Posted: Feb 7, 2013 7:57:50 AM

sometimes
russells350
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Message Posted: Feb 7, 2013 7:55:12 AM

no
wizzo
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Message Posted: Nov 14, 2012 12:14:13 AM

no
BartandLisa
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Message Posted: Oct 28, 2012 11:54:16 AM

Yes, whenever possible
russells350
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2012 7:28:06 AM

yes
wizzo
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2012 7:18:53 AM

no
mnrick041
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2012 6:12:50 AM

At home I usually back in but in parking lots I usually park in a deserted area of the lot. I do not mind the walk and it keeps people from banging car doors and shopping carts into my car.
Tuffy3360
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2012 4:31:37 AM

no
Bluebird333
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2012 4:16:08 AM

In a parking lot I park way in the back so no one ever parks next to me.
Nicanite
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2012 5:55:16 AM

no
FieroGT
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2012 5:46:45 AM

I don't typically back into a parking spot. But when in a parking lot with two spots in line, I'll drive through so I can drive straight out.
playtimeCLE
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Message Posted: Oct 11, 2012 7:55:29 PM

No, But it does make for a quicker exit from work if I need to get somewhere quickly after work.
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