Driveways: Front in or Reverse?

Driveways: Front in or Reverse?

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OMITN

397 posts

47 months

Tuesday 30th June
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Driveway slopes up from the lane so drive in reverse out to avoid scraping.

We’re on the inside of a slightly awkward curve, so whichever way it’s always a gentle easing out to give the odd speeding idiot a chance to slow down through the village.

Though TBH there’s enough room on the driveway to perform a three point turn if required.

MalcXFR

23 posts

3 months

Tuesday 30th June
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Front in unless the battery needs charging then reverse in.

Esceptico

2,760 posts

64 months

Tuesday 30th June
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Long time back lived in horrid house on a main road (which changed from 30 to 60 about 100 metres from our driveway). Always reversed in as was lesser evil. Of course got hate for doing either as was likely to disrupt other drivers.

Got told off by a policeman who saw me doing it but I was fairly sure it was the recommended approach on the Highway Code and when I checked later it was.

StuntmanMike

7,320 posts

106 months

Tuesday 30th June
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kdri155 said:
A few years ago we lived on a busy main road, I used to drive in when busy then nip out to turn the car around later in the evening.
Decent considerate thing to do.

Nice one thumbup

Pan Pan Pan

6,320 posts

66 months

Tuesday 30th June
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Glassman said:
unsprung said:
biggrin


PS: not my home
Winner. thumbup
Absolutely a winner!! And if the drive is tight, the turntable rotated and then locked with the cars at a right angle to the road, which helps on the security front, a bit too!

MC Bodge

13,548 posts

130 months

Tuesday 30th June
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Roboticarm said:
David87 said:
11110111 said:
Me - reverse in
The wife - front in
Same here. biggrin
And here
And here.

I suspect that my wife aims for the driveway from somewhere near the top of the road, 150m away and then closes her eyes. She usually ends up somewhere in the region of the house, but at all kinds of angles and positions. The berthed car may or may not prevent the garage door from opening, the bins being put out or my car doors opening.

I did once ask her what she lined-up with when she parked, but she just looked at me as if I was speaking Mandarin.

RobM77

34,250 posts

189 months

Tuesday 30th June
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I always reverse in. Both in lessons for my basic driving test as a teenager and in subsequent advanced driver training, I've always been told to reverse into a driveway or other entrance. There are three main reasons:

  • You generally sit at the front of car (unless it's a Caterham!), so if you reverse you get the greatest visibility of the road whilst your car's stuck out in it, which is important for safety reasons. If you driving in forwards and reverse out, there's a lot of time when your car's in the road and you can't see what's coming.
  • The end that swings has more room to swing in the road than on most driveways. Unless you're in a reverse steering dumper truck!
  • The door mirrors give you a perfect view down both sides of the car to judge against narrow gaps, which means when driving into a narrow gap it's far easier doing it in reverse.
The same applies to parking spaces.

grudas

394 posts

123 months

Tuesday 30th June
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Reverse in winter

What ever in summer, most of the time reverse in unless I got a reason to work on car etc(drive in means front towards garage)

triumph-ant

147 posts

190 months

Tuesday 30th June
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Surely everyone on PH has a driveway like this:


tumbleweed
getmecoat


MC Bodge

13,548 posts

130 months

Tuesday 30th June
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triumph-ant said:
Surely everyone on PH has a driveway like this:


tumbleweed
getmecoat
Well, the gardener does.

You can see our house from his.

Muzzer79

3,401 posts

142 months

Tuesday 30th June
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Weirdly....

Reverse in during the week

Front in at weekends...

No idea why

Earthdweller

5,104 posts

81 months

Tuesday 30th June
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MC Bodge said:
And here.

I suspect that my wife aims for the driveway from somewhere near the top of the road, 150m away and then closes her eyes. She usually ends up somewhere in the region of the house, but at all kinds of angles and positions. The berthed car may or may not prevent the garage door from opening, the bins being put out or my car doors opening.

I did once ask her what she lined-up with when she parked, but she just looked at me as if I was speaking Mandarin.
Yup, that describes mine perfectlylaugh

Then if you point out said abandoning of vehicle she looks at you as though you have two heads

It’s easier just to get the keys and go and park it properly myself

We could easily fit 20+ cars on the drive .. my beloved can block it completely with one !

smile

MC Bodge

13,548 posts

130 months

Tuesday 30th June
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Earthdweller said:
Yup, that describes mine perfectlylaugh

Then if you point out said abandoning of vehicle she looks at you as though you have two heads

It’s easier just to get the keys and go and park it properly myself

This all sounds very familiar.

The joy of being unable to get a motorbike or bike out a the garage or past a poorly abandoned vehicle never grows old.

Earthdweller

5,104 posts

81 months

Tuesday 30th June
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MC Bodge said:
Well, the gardener does.

You can see our house from his.
I’m frightfully sorry old chap but a few friends and I parked on your drive


Muddle238

1,676 posts

68 months

Tuesday 30th June
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Drive in, turn around on the driveway and park facing the route to the gates, ready for the next journey. It just looks neater, plus I like the ease of starting the next trip without an unnecessary reversing maneuover.

A Winner Is You

21,773 posts

182 months

Tuesday 30th June
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Usually reverse, but drive in on hot days since that side of the house gets the sun.

MC Bodge

13,548 posts

130 months

Tuesday 30th June
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Earthdweller said:
I’m frightfully sorry old chap but a few friends and I parked on your drive

I've since installed tank traps and the gamekeeper is trained to use the artillery.

2 sMoKiN bArReLs

23,979 posts

190 months

Tuesday 30th June
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Muzzer79 said:
Weirdly....

Reverse in during the week

Front in at weekends...

No idea why
Before I retired I had mugs at home that I only drank from on non work days.

MC Bodge

13,548 posts

130 months

Tuesday 30th June
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Muzzer79 said:
Weirdly....

Reverse in during the week

Front in at weekends...

No idea why
And you must do it consciously.

PistonBroker

1,925 posts

181 months

Tuesday 30th June
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11110111 said:
Me - reverse in
The wife - front in
This.

We have an alleyway at the side of the house with a slope. Cyclists come flying out of the alleyway, down the slope and round the bend into our cul-de-sac. If I drive forward off the drive then I'm more likely to spot them.