Wednesday, February 4, 2015

BACK-IN ONLY


I often wonder why I see so many people backing into parking spaces when they park their cars in public parking lots like stores and restaurants. It doesn't seem easier to me whether you back in or back out, but oh well! I used to see signs in the parking garage where I worked that prohibited backing into parking spots, but this is the first time I have seen a sign stating that backing in is required.

Before everyone starts commenting about the Spanish moss killing that tree behind the sign, I just wanted to say I'm pretty sure the tree is not dead. It has just lost all of its leaves for the winter. Not every tree in north Florida stays green all year! Linking to WEDNESDAY AROUND THE WORLD and signs, signs.

22 comments:

Karl Demetz said...

This is also for me the first time I see a sign stating that backing in is required, but probably in this specific situation it makes sense.

biebkriebels said...

Maybe it is easier when driving away. I don't drive so I don't really know.

Revrunner said...

Perfect! I always back into my parking space at home, although rarely in public. :-)

Lowell said...

What a fascinating sign this is. I've not seen it anywhere else. Down here, we see a lot of big trucks backing into parking space, but I think that's because it's easier for them to pull out without running over little old people like me! :) I've also found that it usually doesn't matter which way the park, 'cause a lot of these little old people will run you over anyway and never know they hit someone! Heh, heh.

Tanya Breese said...

i've never seen back-in only parking...i'd have to park somewhere else ;)

Annie Bear said...

Yikes! I would hate to be required to back in. I think it's harder to back in a parking spot than back out. Here in PA, people go to great lengths to back in their spots, even at the grocery store.

I bet that tree looks wonderful in the spring.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

No way I could park here Lois, I'm rubbish at reverse parking :)

TexWisGirl said...

interesting parking design.

Sharon Anck said...

I used to be pretty good at backing into spaces but not so anymore. I would just avoid that parking space.

VP said...

Mandatory back-in parking won't work here...

Sylvia K said...

It's when I see parking signs -- particularly lately, that I'm almost glad I don't drive anymore!! Great shot for the day, Lois, as always!!

William Kendall said...

I haven't seen signs like that here.

The Spanish Moss is quite productive down there.

Halcyon said...

In Europe, you are taught to park by backing in at driving school. It is considered the "correct" way to park here. But I still go head first! :)

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Well, I definitely wouldn't be parking there -- as I absolutely hate to back in.

I love the look of Spanish moss and don't believe the tree is dead either.

Bethany Carson said...

I've never seen a sign like that before either! The Spanish moss looks pretty.

cieldequimper said...

I saw signs like this in Oregon and was totally nonplussed. It seems so obvious to me to reverse into a parking space rather than have to reverse OUT of it...

Jack said...

The safety specialists at the company I used to work for recommended backing into spaces. When you arrive, you can see best what is around you, so it is relatively safe to back in. When you return to a car and go through the process of sitting down, putting your seat belt on and starting the car, that consumes time and things can change. Backing out poses possibilities of something new being behind you that you can't see. Best of all, though, is to drive straight forward into a space that lets you drive forward when you return to the car.

Gemma Wiseman said...

I have seen a sign like this maybe once or twice. It appeared on a narrow road outside a heavily used public facility. But I have not seen it on a busy road.

Tom said...

I've never seem this before. Makes sense. Tom The Backroads Traveller

Felicia said...

that is a very interesting sign....back in angle parking...hmmmm.

I've never seen one like it either.

ellen b. said...

At least they give some nice instructions on how to back in! :)

Lesley said...

I try to back in as much as possible as I find it much easier to drive out - and see the oncoming cars.