I was reading in last month's AAA magazine that a larger percentage of people [in NY] are backing in to parking spaces instead of pulling in to them. I'm one of those people who, if I can, prefers to back in to a parking space. Why? Well firstly, I have children. And children are short people. If a short person were behind my car as I started to back out of a spot, I would not be able to see him or her. Also, I have to drive by the spot in order to back in to it. Therefore, I can be reasonably sure there are no people, shopping carts or other random stuff in the spot. Secondly, I drive a car and not an SUV or other kind of high-sitting car. If I am flanked on either side by a huge vehicle like a mini-van or SUV, if I have parked head-first, guaranteed I'll be pulling out of my spot completely blind.
It takes more time, effort and skill to back in to a parking space (which I figure is good mental exercise and hand-eye coordination practice) but I really like how quickly I can pull out of the space. Even though I don't talk about emergency prep stuff as much on this blog, it's still important to me. I keep my gas tank half full and back in to parking spaces. Which brings me to my third reason: should anything pop off, I'm out. Fast.
I have one more reason: I just like to be
difficult different. :b