Parking doesn't seem as important as driving but working on your parking skills is a crucial part of driving and maintaining a dent-free car. So even though paintless dent removal can be done in car repair shops or even on your own, it would still be better to avoid dents all together to save money and hassle. When it comes to parking there are different ways to do it, unless the establishment you’re parking to states their preference. But otherwise, here are some reasons why it may be a better option to park in reverse when you’re in perpendicular parking lots whether you’re a newbie or already a seasoned car owner.
1. Calculating Distance From The Car Beside You Is Easier When Backing Up
Newbie drivers who are still working on their parking skills actually try to park away from other cars as much as possible. This is because of the fear of bumping and damaging other vehicle since their control on maneuvering and ability to accurately measure distance are still a bit off.
This is where parking in reverse makes your life easier. Due to how side mirrors are designed to work for cars, backing into parking spots makes it easier to see you side panels and avoid bumping into anything. Not to mention how reverse parking also works best for other car features for safety like rear view cameras and sensor.
2. Backing Up Into Your Parking Spot Requires Lesser Space To Maneuver
In a packed parking lot, the space gets tighter which means you may not have enough to maneuver your car into a spot without hitting another car. But with reverse parking you only have to worry about your front bumper possibly hitting what’s in front of it because your rear wheels will be your pivot point. Therefore, even with a lot less wriggle room, reverse parking will allow you to park damage-free.
3. Compared To An Open Traffic, Backing Into An Empty Spot Is Safer
Granted, maneuvering in reverse is difficult due to reduced visibility (and because we naturally drive forward). That’s why, backing into an empty spot is much safer, as opposed to backing into what essentially is open traffic.
Now, in the latter situation, if your car has considerable blind spots due to narrow rear windows, and isn’t equipped with rear-cross traffic alert system, you will need someone to assist you. Otherwise, it’s risky for your car, other cars, and road users like pedestrians, cyclists, stray pets, etc.