Parking question: back in or nose in

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Backing in is actually recommended in Japan.
 

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Long vehicles like full size trucks can be a bear to back out of a normal spot in a normal parking lot.
It's so much easier to back a full size truck into a spot than to try to pull in nose first swinging it in wide and being crooked. Smaller vehicles are much easier to pull in nose first on the first attempt.
It's also much safer to leave a parking spot going forward.
 

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Always pull through or back into the spot.

This gives you the ability to rapidly depart from a location if the need arises.
 

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I always back in. Too many idiots that like to speed through parking lots.
 

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Almost all the refineries I work at enforce back in parking in the contractor parking lots. Make sense since everyone’s leaving at the same time.
Yup, it’s part of our state safety code at our drill sites. If the sh1t hits the fan, it’s safer to evacuate, if everyone has a visual of everyone pulling out of the parking spots,
 

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I back into my spots in a lot and I back into my driveway (except in lots that have angled spots oriented specifically to require me to nose-in of course).

This is the preferred method for safety. Backing out of a spot has a much higher chance of an incident with a pedestrian or vehicle. When backing in you first pull past a spot to make sure it's empty, then are entering an area with no traffic or pedestrians, and when you pull out you have maximum visibility as you enter the area full of pedestrians and traffic. When pulling into a spot you enter blindly, and then backing out your are just blindly entering an area full of pedestrians and traffic.

This is superior for speed/efficiency of egress as well. When backed in, you hop in the vehicle, slip right into the flow of traffic, and get on with your business. There are more steps and more space/time needed to back out of a spot. Think about a busy parking lot exiting an event, the mall around Christmas, or an emergency situation and you'll see this clear advantage.

In terms of big boxy SUVs, backing in is better for overall safety of people around you because when you back in, the lowest part of your vehicle is closest to pedestrians/traffic which has a chance of increasing visibility for people/vehicles moving about the lot when you are parked.

Also in terms of LONG SUVs and Pickup trucks, if you can find a spot where you can back into it and overhang an island or other non-pedestrian/non-road area you are not only enhancing overall safety as mentioned above, but also being courteous to your fellow man by not leaving your back end/bed where it blocks visibility and traffic. So sad that many people don't think of this and create traffic tie ups at the grocery store because they have to park front row and leave their back end out to create a safety issue and obstacle. SMH.

IMO, a man should be respectful of his fellow man, and should seek to keep himself and the people around him safe, therefore a man backs into a parking spot. ;)
 

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With my last car, I almost always backed into spaces. The exception was when the parking lot was busy so I didn't keep people waiting.

My new car (2019 Elantra Sport) has such a good backup camera, I'm comfortable backing out in even the tightest parking lot. So I'll park however is convenient.
 

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Tend to back into spots when I can. Just always have and usually is easier to see when pulling out of that spot.

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With my last car, I almost always backed into spaces. The exception was when the parking lot was busy so I didn't keep people waiting.
As I understand it, this is a common reason people cite for not properly backing into spots when they park. That is erroneous though. If there are people to wait, they will have wait either way. You're simply changing when people have to wait. They wait while you back in if you're backing in. They wait while you back out if you're backing out. Just something to think about for next time. :)
 

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Nose in most of the time. I don't find it difficult to back out and see the point of making it take longer. I'm already out of my car while I watch people negotiate reversing in.
 

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As I understand it, this is a common reason people cite for not properly backing into spots when they park. That is erroneous though. If there are people to wait, they will have wait either way. You're simply changing when people have to wait. They wait while you back in if you're backing in. They wait while you back out if you're backing out. Just something to think about for next time. :)
Incorrect. I don't back out unless the coast is clear. Therefore nobody is waiting for me to back out. :cool:
 

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i back in unless there is a lot of traffic behind me. it's just easier for me to pull out and go my way without having to worry about getting hit i guess. just habit
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I have a CUV... I have no rhyme or reason as to my parking.
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This thread is useless without a poll.
useless?? why
 

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Cogswell Cogs requires reverse in parking in the event of an emergency evacuation.

But even in non-evacuation scenarios the data show's a reverse approach is preferred because your backing operation is happening when you know most about your parking condition. Then when you pull out you have less obstacles to worry about in the exit phase.
 

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Cogswell Cogs requires reverse in parking in the event of an emergency evacuation.

But even in non-evacuation scenarios the data show's a reverse approach is preferred because your backing operation is happening when you know most about your parking condition. Then when you pull out you have less obstacles to worry about in the exit phase.
yes, what he said
 

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This depends both on the car and the space. Which side does the EVSE cord come from, and where is the charging port on your car?Sadly, just as with gas filler caps, there is no standard that specifies which side of a car the charging port should go on.

For a Mercedes GLE550e, you're almost always going to back into a space. The charge port is on the right side of the rear bumper and faces toward the rear. For a Nissan Leaf and Kia Niro, you're going in front first. For the rest of the cars, the charge ports are on the sides, so it depends on which side the cord comes from, just like with gas filler caps.

With L2 EVSEs, the cords are long enough to reach the far ends of cars. If there's an EVSE with two cords placed between two spaces, so that each space has one cord but it comes from a different side for each space, then if your charge port is on the right and you are taking the space to the left of the EVSE, then you're going in front first. If taking the space to the right of the EVSE, then you're backing in. If your charge port is on the left, then everything's flipped.

For L3 EVSEs, aka DCFC, you have to look at whether the charge port is toward the front or toward the rear of the vehicle. These cords are shorter, and will not reach the far ends of cars parked in these spaces, because of the extremely high current levels and desires to keep the resistive losses to a minimum. Teslas will always back into DCFC spaces because their charge ports are on the rear. I always have to back into these types of spaces as well. But anyone driving a Bolt or a Leaf will have to go in front first.
 

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Incorrect. I don't back out unless the coast is clear. Therefore nobody is waiting for me to back out. :cool:
You're just being contrarian for the sake of it. :p
 

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Long vehicles like full size trucks can be a bear to back out of a normal spot in a normal parking lot.
It's so much easier to back a full size truck into a spot than to try to pull in nose first swinging it in wide and being crooked. Smaller vehicles are much easier to pull in nose first on the first attempt.
It's also much safer to leave a parking spot going forward.

Yep. I drive a full size trucks and in really small lots, it can be tough. I always back in. Wife always asks if I'm planning on making a quick getaway. Sure am.
 

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