If parallel parking isn’t your strongest skill, you may be jealous of your friend’s reverse parking skills. When leaving a parking spot, pulling forward is always more ideal than backing out. Depending on where you are, angled parking spots may be more prevalent and require you to reverse park. And with more cars being equipped with reverse cameras and sensors, drivers have become much more comfortable to reverse their vehicles. Below are some reasons why it’s smarter & safer to back into your parking spaces:
- Due to more visibility, backing into a parking space is quicker. You’re able to save a lot of time when you don’t have to back out slowly into unknown traffic.
- Better visibility makes the reverse park much safer. When reversing, you often have to reverse more than halfway out before you can see in both directions. Pulling forward from a parking space means you’ll need to come out no more than a third of the way. This, in turn, makes it a safer alternative for other drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians.
- If there’s an emergency that requires you to be swift, reverse parking makes it easier to jump into your car and drive straight out.
- If there are any mechanical issues with your vehicle, you’ll have more convenient access to the bonnet for any repairs.
- Pulling forward out of a parking space is a fuel-efficient method in the long run. Studies have shown that you use more fuel on a cold engine while backing out, than pulling forward in the first few minutes when starting your vehicle.
Backing into a parking space can be difficult for some drivers, so they avoid doing it altogether. However, being comfortable reversing your vehicle is a useful skill to have and worth practicing in your free time. Additional features such as a rearview camera make practice much easier if you’re alone. Reverse parking has benefits that can save you time and resources while being a safer alternative for pedestrians.