Parking can present a challenge for many newbie drivers. Sure, it’s a lot slower compared to driving at 60kph on a stretch of road. But with the added pressures of tight spaces, other cars in close proximity, and the possibility of hitting one of said cars, it can cause someone with a fresh driver’s license to panic quite quickly.
Fret not, for we here at Top Gear PH are here to help you out. While there are a few good reasons to park your car nose-first—if you need to access your car’s trunk later on, or if your car’s dimensions won’t allow for any other option, or if there’s a great big sign that tells you that you should really park facing the wall—we’ve written this guide out to explain why you should be parking in reverse, and a few tips as well to help you out. Yes, including the much-dreaded parallel parking technique. We hope you find this useful.
A common thing that detractors say about parking in reverse is that it’s a lot more difficult to maneuver your car when you have to look behind you. Yeah, okay, maybe it is easier to just drive straight into a parking slot. But what about when you don’t have much space to angle your car’s front end on the way in? Furthermore, you’ll just make it harder for yourself later on. On to the next point...
What? Better visibility in reverse? Hear me out. You see, when you park with your car facing inside, you naturally have to then reverse to get it out again. Only this time, you have to watch out for oncoming cars, pedestrians, shopping carts, and whatever else happens to get in your way. Now, compare that to backing into an empty slot, and you tell us which option is easier.
And that brings us to the third and probably most attractive part about parking in reverse. When it’s time to leave, you just roll forward and be on your way. With the way cars’ physics work, there’s a lot less maneuvering needed compared to reversing out of the same slot. It’s a lot more versatile, too. Say you come back to your parking slot to find yourself tightly sandwiched between two massive SUVs who haven’t left much room on either side of you. If you parked in reverse, that really won’t make a difference (except now you might have to suck your stomach in to enter the driver’s seat). If you have to back out, though, good luck.
Okay, so there are three good reasons why you should park in reverse. Question now is, how do you go about it? Read on.
You can use this handy video as a guide:
So there you have it. Remember, parking is not a race. Don’t be afraid to take as much time as you need to get it right. Forget the other cars if they happen to get impatient. What’s more important anyway, the other cars honking their horns or the possibility of you hitting your own car and maybe another one because you felt pressured to move faster? With enough practice, you’ll be able to park going backward with confidence. Drive safe.