Driveways: Front in or Reverse?

Driveways: Front in or Reverse?

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MYOB

3,199 posts

93 months

Sunday 28th June
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SAS advises reverse in so a quick getaway is possible when the poo hits the fan. So that's my mantra smile

markyb_lcy

3,697 posts

17 months

Sunday 28th June
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I live on a busy road (traffic and pedestrians) with a bus lane so I prefer to come out front first, hence reversing in

Edited by markyb_lcy on Sunday 28th June 15:11

Dyl

1,081 posts

165 months

Sunday 28th June
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Me and the wife always reverse in - as said by others I think it looks neater, plus I personally prefer just being able to get in and pull away in one manoeuvre. However we are in the minority on our street, all bar one or two houses are drive in.

InitialDave

6,745 posts

74 months

Sunday 28th June
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Reverse in.

bigandclever

9,899 posts

193 months

Sunday 28th June
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Drive in, reverse out. It’s fine for my drive/road.

2 sMoKiN bArReLs

23,979 posts

190 months

Sunday 28th June
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In my last house had the luxury of drive in drive out.

In current house it's reverse in if car lives on the drive. Car in left side of garage is front in, car in right side of garage is reverse in.

I think that's covered all the bases hehe

Chubbyross

804 posts

40 months

Sunday 28th June
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rog007 said:
Reversing in allows a speedier exit in the event of an emergency (say taking a pregnant partner in heavy labour to the hospital at 2am).
Does that happen regularly?

rog007

5,340 posts

179 months

Sunday 28th June
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Chubbyross said:
rog007 said:
Reversing in allows a speedier exit in the event of an emergency (say taking a pregnant partner in heavy labour to the hospital at 2am).
Does that happen regularly?
I was using the ‘pregnant’ story as a cover for a multitude of scenarios where one may wish to make a sharp exit! biglaugh

InitialDave

6,745 posts

74 months

Sunday 28th June
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Oh God, just realised we're all outing ourselves as not being able to give the correct PH answer that we drive in forwards and drive out forwards, having turned around on our capacious gravel drive.

2 sMoKiN bArReLs

23,979 posts

190 months

Sunday 28th June
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InitialDave said:
Oh God, just realised we're all outing ourselves as not being able to give the correct PH answer that we drive in forwards and drive out forwards,
Somebody has whistle

Henz

123 posts

57 months

Sunday 28th June
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Chubbyross said:
rog007 said:
Reversing in allows a speedier exit in the event of an emergency (say taking a pregnant partner in heavy labour to the hospital at 2am).
Does that happen regularly?
I'd say it's likely judging by his username smile

Cold

9,130 posts

45 months

Sunday 28th June
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MYOB said:
SAS advises reverse in so a quick getaway is possible when the poo hits the fan. So that's my mantra smile
But then you'd be using the very delicate front of the car to ram the black Mercedes Sprinter out of the way which could well damage your radiator and compromise your escape.

Alucidnation

12,651 posts

125 months

Sunday 28th June
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Drive in, as i'm not going to reverse up a 300m driveway.

hehe

vikingaero

4,836 posts

124 months

Sunday 28th June
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Alucidnation said:
Drive in, as i'm not going to reverse up a 300m driveway.

hehe
You have a 300m driveway and are too tight to install a turning point?! biggrin

Maybe that's why you have a 300m driveway, because you don't spend on frivolity!

hungry_hog

1,157 posts

143 months

Sunday 28th June
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Used to live on a rat run, so it was 'front in' by necessity. I didn't fancy playing roulette with South Hert's finest waiting for me to reverse in, especially in a 911 (even an old one), I could predict what the disapproval level would be like

Would then play the hokey cokey at night when the road was quiet, turning the car round ready for quick getaway

Never ever buy a house on a rat run! Especially one with a tiny driveway


Alucidnation

12,651 posts

125 months

Sunday 28th June
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vikingaero said:
Alucidnation said:
Drive in, as i'm not going to reverse up a 300m driveway.

hehe
You have a 300m driveway and are too tight to install a turning point?! biggrin

Maybe that's why you have a 300m driveway, because you don't spend on frivolity!
There is a parking area which is the turning point.

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ToothbrushMan

1,730 posts

80 months

Sunday 28th June
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far easier on the approach to my drive to check the mirrors and quickly survey there are no cats or kids around etc so its a cinch then if nobodys around to swing out right then slam into reverse and straight back and in. then the drive out the next time is easy too. if somebody is behind me i'll indicate to the left to them past then the reverse in on.

Fastdruid

6,470 posts

107 months

Sunday 28th June
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While normally I'd be another one for the "wife drives in, I reverse on" group, it's a bit more nuanced. Mostly she would park on the drive, I would park on the road but in the current situation I've taken to parking on the drive (because my car has barely moved since this situation started and is still on the same tank of fuel from March!) while she's still commuting.

I'm "driving on" because with the size of my car I like to get it close to the house rather than overhang the pavement and if I reverse up close to the garage then I can't get into the boot.

Also my wife pointed out once that in the dark if you reverse on the slope of the drive means we're shining our headlights directly at the house opposites bedroom windows which is a bit inconsiderate.

hammo19

2,177 posts

151 months

Sunday 28th June
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We have a narrow lane to get out onto but 2 separate drives so we reverse. The car in the garage is also reversed in.

Ardennes92

325 posts

35 months

Sunday 28th June
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I learnt to drive when gearboxes weren’t all synchro and reverse was the lowest ratio (guess it probably still is), so always reverse in when warm and drive out when cold, told by my little garage this causes less stress on the mechanical parts. Less chance of getting boxed in this way as well.