A Troubling Aspect of Back-In Parking
From my experience in public parking lots, and what other drivers tell me, being able to pull out of a parking space going forward rather than back is a lot safer for my vehicle and everyone around me. That’s the good thing about Southern Pines’ back-in parking plan.
The troubling aspect is visibility and what I call “angular orientation awareness.” All vehicles have blind spots, and people who are not experienced in backing up (I know that sounds ridiculous, but ask yourself whether you back into your own garage stall at home!) may need a little training.
When we parallel park, we have a curb, rather than automotive sheet metal, to help us “feel” our way to a proper orientation. I suggest that Southern Pines consider defining each back-in-parking slot with a low concrete curb nailed down at the appropriate angle and spacing.
Sure, it costs more than painting lines, but it would go a long way toward instilling confidence that I’m not going to ding up my car and the ones next to me when I park in downtown Southern Pines. Even those “rumble strips” cut into highway lanes might work.
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