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Oct. 23rd, 2007

07:25 pm - Thoughts at Quizno's

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I had lunch at Quizno's today. Quizno's has dropped my favorite sandwich, the Turkey Lite, from its menu, but I can still get it by asking for a turkey sandwich with vinaigrette dressing, which is what it is.

While I sat and ate, I looked out the window and watched someone try to back into a parking space, and he had to back and fill a couple of times to get his car straightened up. Which made me wonder: why do people back into parking spaces? That's the hard way. Backing out is easier than backing in. Why not just pull in headfirst?

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From:doodlesthegreat
Date:October 23rd, 2007 08:38 pm (UTC)
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Because they don't want to have to back out.
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:October 23rd, 2007 09:46 pm (UTC)
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But backing out is EASIER than backing in! It doesn't make SENSE!
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From:doodlesthegreat
Date:October 23rd, 2007 10:57 pm (UTC)
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It does when you have to evacuate...
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:October 23rd, 2007 09:50 pm (UTC)
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Your world = New Bedford, or your place of work, or what?
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From:yakko
Date:October 24th, 2007 01:06 am (UTC)
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Quadruple the fine if one backs into an angled spot, suggesting that they went the wrong way to get the spot in the first place, and will most likely go the wrong way when they leave.
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From:orv
Date:October 24th, 2007 12:27 pm (UTC)
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Likewise, people who pull through back-to-back angled spots should be smacked, because when they leave they'll be going the wrong way up the aisle.
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From:zorinlynx
Date:October 23rd, 2007 09:25 pm (UTC)
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catsarah and I argued about this... She claims you're less likely to get into a collision pulling out of a space if you've backed in than if you're trying to back out.

It's true; you do have more visibility when pulling out of a space if you're already facing in the direction you're going. The thing is, you can look at it the other way, too. You're more likely to misjudge distance and bump into a parked car while backing into a space than simply pulling in.

So I suppose it all comes down to which direction you feel more comfortable backing up in. For me, I'd rather back out of a space than into it.
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From:orv
Date:October 23rd, 2007 10:00 pm (UTC)
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If you're backing into a space, you can drive past it first and verify that it's clear. You're less likely to back over something that's lower than your trunk lid when backing in than when backing out. So I can see the argument. I think it's a minor issue, though.
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From:ex_sonjaaa
Date:October 23rd, 2007 09:34 pm (UTC)
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At Young Drivers they recommended backing into driveways because it's the safest option. That way when you actualy have to drive out into the street, you can see ahead and react to traffic much better.
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:October 23rd, 2007 09:49 pm (UTC)
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A driveway is different from a parking space, though, because if you're not straight-on, at home the worst that can happen is your tire goes off the concrete into the grass, whereas in a parking lot you'll encroach on another space, causing inconvenience for other shoppers if not an outright mishap.
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From:wildfox34
Date:October 23rd, 2007 10:04 pm (UTC)
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Because people like to pull out from where they are at alot quicker than backing out. I back into my parking spot at where I work so I can pull out alot quicker.

The thing that bugs me is when somebody pulls into a two-sided parking row at a store and they don't pull through to the empty spot where they can just pull out into the next row, but pull into the spot in the row they are in. Just so they have to back out later when people park around him.
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From:timmowarner
Date:October 23rd, 2007 10:05 pm (UTC)
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I always thought it was inconvenience now for the great ease of simply pulling out later on. I know if I was shopping or running errands or something I'd rather come out and just be able to drive away than have to back out.
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From:orv
Date:October 23rd, 2007 10:07 pm (UTC)
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My car is much easier to get into narrow parking spaces if I back it in. It has kind of a wide turning radius, and any car can make a much tighter turn in reverse than when moving forward. (That's why forklifts steer from the back.)

There was one parking space at my old apartment complex that was next to a curb bulb, and people generally avoided parking there because it was hard to get into. Because of the narrow aisle, most cars took at least two back-and-forth maneuvers to get into it and straighten out when pulling in forward. But it was possible to back into it in one maneuver.

Maybe a better question is why so many people are so bad at backing up. A lot of people don't even seem to be able to back up in a straight line without weaving, much less judge when to turn into a space. My guess is lack of practice. People just don't usually back up more than a dozen feet, and they usually don't have a specific target in mind.
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From:shell524
Date:October 23rd, 2007 10:44 pm (UTC)
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Quiznos killed my favorite sandwich, too. The honey bacon club. I almost cried when we finally went to a Quiznos up here (they're not very common and not terribly convenient to get to in most cases) and after more than 9 months I couldn't get the sandwich I'd been WANTING so badly.
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From:deckardcanine
Date:October 24th, 2007 02:32 pm (UTC)
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I take it you're not talking about parallel parking. My parents always drive a little ahead of a parallel parking spot, back in, and then move up a little. When they do, I keep fearing that someone's going to block us, possibly by taking the spot first.
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From:electronin
Date:October 24th, 2007 07:51 pm (UTC)
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They do it to be different, to go against the grain without having to venture anywhere near the wild side.
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From:zorro456
Date:October 24th, 2007 11:01 pm (UTC)
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Collisions are very real in parking lots here so backing in is WAY safer. I see a minimum of one a week usually elderly drivers.

That plus they keep downsizing the parking spots so you really can't see what is coming for all the other cars packed in the parking slots to maximize shoppers.
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