To back in, or not to back in

Most cars in this line backed into spots in a Georgetown parking lot.

There are two distinct types of people – drivers who pull in and park and those who back in to park. Why is that? There seems to be no rhyme or reason why certain drivers take the time to back in while others pull in.

Are those who back in so driven to get away quickly? Or do they feel safer looking forward out of a parking spot?

Most people pull in, and in many cases drivers are prohibited by law from backing into a parking space. That’s the case in Rehoboth Beach where it’s head-in parking only.

It would be interesting to do a psychological study of those who use public parking lots in Georgetown where there are no restrictions on parking. At least one third of drivers using the lots back into parking spots if they have a chance.

Believe it or not, studies have been done on the topic of how people park. Studies show that people who back in tend to leave in a hurry and drive faster to leave their parking spots creating unsafe situations. Drivers that back out, even those in small cars who have trouble seeing around pick-ups and SUVs, are safer drivers.

I pull into parking spots because I’m not the greatest driver when it comes to backing up.

Back in or pull in? That is the question.


One Response to “To back in, or not to back in”

  1. Howard Says:

    Back when I looked for a job a clue to how well the employees liked the company that they worked for was rather they back in or pulled in to a parking spot. If they backed in it mean they wanted to get the hell out of there as quickly as possible once they got off work, so it indicated to me the company wasn’t a very good one for employees.

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