Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Reversing Society

Question Number 2 for the week:

Why do people insist on backing into parking spaces?

This morning (like so many others), I had to wait in the parking lot while someone backed their pickup truck in a space between two other cars. Mind you, the people who insist on doing this are never good enough drivers to accomplish it in one try. They weave back and forth and generally hold up the rest of the world from our deadlines and other important matters - in my case getting to coffee and my wip.

So why back into the space? I've heard all the arguments and quite frankly, they're silly. The first is "It's easier to pull out forward when you're leaving." Okay, so let's assess this for a moment. You can take twenty times to back into a space, wedging your SUV in between two other parked cars, OR at the end of the day, you can back into a wide/long exit lane ONCE and drive away. Not buying it, folks.

Then some make the argument that they can leave faster if they're pulling out forward. Okay, while I'll agree that it is certainly faster if you rip forward out of a space rather than backing up then leaving, what exactly do you need that extra three seconds for?????

Now if you're robbing a bank, I totally understand. But the rest of us, you're just going to save that 3 seconds of backup time only to get to the line for the security card exit a little sooner.

If you insist on backing in your car, I guess I'll have to get over it. But let's stop with the stupid reasons already and call it what it is - an OCD.


Tori Lennox said...

Whenever I wanted to be able to pull out, I usually just found a spot where I could pull through to next lane. Much easier. :)

Jana DeLeon said...

Ah, Tori, the common sense approach. Not utilized by most people, but effective all the same. :)

Kelly Parra said...

My husband sometimes does that and I always find myself frowing, like what's the point? But I just sigh and let it go. Sometimes there are battles best left alone. =D

Cari Manderscheid said...

You know, it must be a man thing. I mean, how many women have you seen do this? My friend, Frank, who's a cop and my brother, who's also a cop, both do this, and for them, I can understand. Now, my husband, he's started doing this too and I tease him about it all the time. He uses the same excuse, it's easier to pull out, but I think it's really so he won't have to worry about running someone or something over. Crazy! Totally crazy, if you ask me! :)

Jaye Wells said...

This has always confounded me. For some reason, the practice was much more prevalent when I lived in North Carolina than it seems to be in Texas. Either way it's annoying.

Jana DeLeon said...

Kelly & Cari - My husband does it too, so maybe it IS a man thing.

Jaye - that surprisese me unless there were more pickup trucks in NC???? It seems that most of the time it's guys in pickup trucks doing it.

I'm still at a loss.

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