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      02-19-2019, 01:07 AM   #89
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I reverse park virtually every single time I pull into a parking spot. If it takes more than one attempt, you're doing it wrong. Super easy if you have half-decent spatial awareness and coordination...

This avoids any incidents with lowered cars and front lips, and makes it easier when departing as well as lowering the risk of hitting someone when pulling out.
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Has anyone ever been hit backing out? I'm 45, driven seven figures of miles and can't really even think of a close call. I will not waste other's time with this stupid practice. Unless you're driving a 28 foot long pickup, this is silly.
I'm sure someone has. Me personally, I've been backed into by someone parked head-in who was reversing out of her spot. And just yesterday I was at Target and witnessed a woman back straight into a row of shopping carts being pushed inside.

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Pull straight in if you want, but those who choose to do differently aren't doing anything stupid or unnecessary.
This. And in my own experience, I've more often encountered people taking forever or parked crooked head-in than back-in. Might be a regional thing, but very few people back in where I live, so the vast majority of lousy drivers are pulling head-in anyway. Not to mention driving poorly on actual public roads.

But this is all an aside. I can't control what others do. I prefer to back in for my own reasons, so I will continue to do so in most instances.
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      02-19-2019, 02:02 PM   #91
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I mean really, though. Even if you assume people are way worse drivers backing up: When do you want them doing that?

A) When going into a parking spot that is typically empty

B) When going into the driving isle, which is typically full of pedestrians, cars, shopping carts, etc.
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I don't back into a space often since I don't have a backup camera on my 328i. I'm used to having one since I have it on my X1 and even my 2002 Chevy Truck. I only park face forward if I can drive into it, not back into it.
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      02-19-2019, 09:41 PM   #94
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Wow...I wish I had the time on my hands to care that much about a parking ticket. Wouldn’t it have been a far easier to pay it and carry on with your life?
Like the time you spent replying?

I deal with government overreach on a daily basis, so we already had the infrastructure in place. An intern did the heavy lifting.
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Has anyone ever been hit backing out? I'm 45, driven seven figures of miles and can't really even think of a close call. I will not waste other's time with this stupid practice. Unless you're driving a 28 foot long pickup, this is silly.
I have been hit backing out if a parking space. I love my backup camera on my M2.
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Has anyone ever been hit backing out? I'm 45, driven seven figures of miles and can't really even think of a close call. I will not waste other's time with this stupid practice. Unless you're driving a 28 foot long pickup, this is silly.
I have been hit backing out if a parking space. I love my backup camera on my M2.
Isn't '19 the first year they're required as standard equipment? Or was it '18?
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Almost all the time. The times I don’t are when I need access to the rear like on a grocery run or shopping trip to the mall. Don,t want to have worry about an unattended cart sitting by the front or bags accidently hitting or scratching the sides trying to squeeze through to the rear.
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Isn't '19 the first year they're required as standard equipment? Or was it '18?
18 was the first year. I had one installed on my 2014 M235i.
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i back it up all the time
I would love to park in the back of who's in your avy
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I always try to back in or pull through so I have a straight shot out.
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      02-22-2019, 05:06 AM   #101
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A better question is... What about the WHITE Reverse Lights that cars are all equipped with?

That's some bullshit for sure.
Really though... it is

Found the by-law on City of Lodi webiste:

To actually enforce this by reaching further into peoples pocket who actually come downtown to spend money at establishments as well as PAID PARKING is atrocious.
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A better question is... What about the WHITE Reverse Lights that cars are all equipped with?

That's some bullshit for sure.
Really though... it is

Found the by-law on City of Lodi webiste:

To actually enforce this by reaching further into peoples pocket who actually come downtown to spend money at establishments as well as PAID PARKING is atrocious.
Thanks for the heads up, I'll make it a point to NEVER stop, shop or basically spend one penny in Lodi.....
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Lodi? They like to party, but they don't cause trouble and they don't bother nobody
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Lodi? They like to party, but they don't cause trouble and they don't bother nobody
Perhaps I won't quote the next line.
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virtually all the time including my wife's SUV .... to the extent it bugs here especially when we are in a rush
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      02-22-2019, 02:49 PM   #105
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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.
Absolutely. You have control when backing in, and good view when pulling out.

There is a Panera Bread location in my metro area which actually has signs prohibiting this, and I can't imagine why. I either park elsewhere, if I plan to be inside a while, or I ignore the signs if I'm just running in and out. The problem is that the spots with the signs are in shade for more of the day than anyplace else in the lot. Grrr.
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      03-28-2019, 01:17 PM   #107
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Drove in atleast 10 times since I got my license.
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Every single time except for angled parking. They're angled for an f*ing reason.

Otherwise, it is unquestionably safer to back into to every spot, irrespective of whether it's a parking lot or the street. Parallel parking is a required skill and one shouldn't be afraid to use it.
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Always, I found it much easier to maneuver into tighter spots, plus auto tilt down from the mirror helps keeping the car within the lines. Also, easier to come back out and less blind spot. The DRL helps telling others that there is a moving vehicle ahead, since stock reverse bulb is a little dim.
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50/50 for me, based on my mood. I'm fine backing out when I need to, but I'm also fine backing in before I park.

I do think it's safer in busy parking lots to simply pull out than back out....but then, a lot of people aren't good at backing in so.....
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