Driveways: Front in or Reverse?

Driveways: Front in or Reverse?

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Glassman

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20,856 posts

170 months

Sunday 28th June
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Just an observation made from being on the road a lot...

Assuming you, a) have a driveway or parking spot and b) don't have a drive-in/drive-out scenario going on, how do you park when you get home? Do you drive straight in off the road or reverse in?

Me: I reverse in for several reasons; firstly I don;t want to be reversing out when I am ready to leave. Secondly, the van is full of tools and usually expensive windscreens, so backing it up to the garage door makes it a tad more secure and puts it within view from a security POV and thirdly, I think reversed in a vehicle just looks neater; besides it's the proper way, right?


11110111

589 posts

155 months

Sunday 28th June
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Me - reverse in
The wife - front in


brillomaster

424 posts

125 months

Sunday 28th June
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I drive straight in, then reverse out. Its a quiet no through road so not a problem.

I also think i might make someone wait behind me if i was to reverse onto the drive, but if i reverse off the drive, i wait until its clear, and thus dont hold anyone up.

Tycho

10,354 posts

228 months

Sunday 28th June
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Reverse in as it is safer to go out forward due to better visibility. (for me at least.)

David87

5,599 posts

167 months

Sunday 28th June
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11110111 said:
Me - reverse in
The wife - front in
Same here. biggrin

parabolica

5,302 posts

139 months

Sunday 28th June
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Reverse in 99% of the time; my place is part of a working farm and reversing out through my gates carries a fair bit of risk given lack of sight lines, especially when I'm in the V60. I also work in O&G where reverse parking at work is mandatory so it's like second nature to me.

Pan Pan Pan

6,320 posts

66 months

Sunday 28th June
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Depends on the car. In the 7, it is safer to drive in and reverse out, because if I drive out, I have to poke about 8 feet of the car into the road, before I can see down the road from the cockpit.
If I reverse out there is only a couple of feet behind me, which has to be poked into the road, so I can get a safe view down the road, much sooner.
In the Estate car, there is quite a lot of car behind me, which I would rather not poke out into the road, without being able to see what is coming down it. So with `that' car it is always best for me to reverse in and drive out.
There is also the fact that when leaving my property, I generally have a distance to cover, and want to be out and on my way as swiftly and safely as possible, which means reversing in and driving out.
However when I am returning from somewhere, I am not that bothered how long it takes me to reverse in, because at that point, I am literally home, and on my doorstep anyway.

kambites

59,031 posts

176 months

Sunday 28th June
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The drive, we're lucky enough to have space to turn around. The garage (which is quite narrow for a double), we reverse one car in and drive the other so the drivers' doors open towards each other.

Timbergiant

975 posts

85 months

Sunday 28th June
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I drive into the driveway and turn around reversing into the garage so that I’m facing out towards the road when I next leave.

Roboticarm

617 posts

16 months

Sunday 28th June
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David87 said:
11110111 said:
Me - reverse in
The wife - front in
Same here. biggrin
And here

HiAsAKite

1,930 posts

202 months

Sunday 28th June
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Reverse in, so I can drive straight out..



Unless there are no other cars there already, in which case I can go front in, and turn car round on the drive, and drive out..

AC43

8,009 posts

163 months

Sunday 28th June
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I always reverse my car in as it's a long estate. And, anyway, it's the right way to do it.

Loads of people on the nearby main road do it the other way and have to stop two lanes of traffic everytime they set off.

It always strikes me as being pretty knob-ish to force your way into the traffic like that, borderline dangerous.

But I don't some people think too much and/or don't give a fk.

Tim bo

1,682 posts

95 months

Sunday 28th June
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Have a long narrow garage at the back of my garden, with the garage entrance accessible by a long narrow track behind gardens to the road. The access into the garage involves a very tight turn.

I have no choice but to reverse in off the road, all the way down the alley in reverse, then reverse into the garage to get it in. I have tried this just once going forwards up the alley and into the garage, but couldn't maneuver the tight garage entrance and had to give up.

So reversing it is smile

vikingaero

4,836 posts

124 months

Sunday 28th June
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I can see most PH Driving Gods reverse in. biggrin

Most people don't give a ferk.. It's not a problem for them to stop all traffic so the world can revolve around them (and I can understand there are exceptions such as the 7).

Also reversing in gives access to the engine, battery (for jump starting) and better method of towing. Yes I know smartarses your battery is in the boot of your speshal car.

Sometimes things happen - deliveries, digging the road up, parked cars opposite etc and having the foresight to reverse in makes it easier to drive out,

donkmeister

2,472 posts

55 months

Sunday 28th June
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Reverse in every time. Driving out forwards is bad enough, my neighbours decided to buy SUVs and park too close to my splay so I have to edge out. But, like one of the posts above I see people reversing out and blocking traffic which seems pretty knobbish.

Since a big new estate went up near me, my road has been used as a ratrun, so if there is traffic when I get home I pull over to let it clear before reversing on. Unless the car behind me was speeding then driving up my arse in which case I return the lack of consideration by banging the hazards on, slowing down and doing the full manoeuvre while they wait. I'm well hard, me.

Cylon2007

268 posts

33 months

Sunday 28th June
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Reverse in - always as mentioned above much safer when exiting the drive, plus when I learned to drive the Highway code had a section about not reversing out onto roads, not sure if it still says the same but judging by the amount of Cockwombles that back out of their drives onto maajor roads it would appear not.

BrabusMog

15,939 posts

141 months

Sunday 28th June
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Reverse in so I can drive out (and also got reversing camera to guide me in to the garage). Missus drives in unless there's shopping in the boot and then she will reverse.

CABC

3,368 posts

56 months

Sunday 28th June
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in one car i'm now front in.
drive is on a slope and front splitter catches if i reverse.
feels wrong!

on the same driveway i had to reverse in a '74 Beetle else the fuel pump would leak.

magpie215

3,033 posts

144 months

Sunday 28th June
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Roboticarm said:
David87 said:
11110111 said:
Me - reverse in
The wife - front in
Same here. biggrin
And here
And another.

vikingaero

4,836 posts

124 months

Sunday 28th June
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donkmeister said:
Since a big new estate went up near me, my road has been used as a ratrun, so if there is traffic when I get home I pull over to let it clear before reversing on. Unless the car behind me was speeding then driving up my arse in which case I return the lack of consideration by banging the hazards on, slowing down and doing the full manoeuvre while they wait. I'm well hard, me.
I like it. Dominate the road. biggrin