Sunday, July 18, 2010

Parking: An analysis

With all the douchebags in this world who don't have any respect for other people's cars, what can you do to reduce your chances of falling victim to the afore mentioned idiots when parking? Here is what I have found.

Standard Parking Spaces
The biggest threat here is from the uncontrolled swing of an opening door from the car beside yours. Therefore, you can minimize this risk by cutting it in half. Find a space at the end of the row and then park as far away as you can from the space beside yours.

It is even more ideal if the space is separated from the rest by a pillar.

Angle Parking Spaces
Once again, angle parking presents the risk of some fool letting their car door swing into yours. The most ideal angle parking space is not only at the end of a row, it is the space where your car's nose is pointed away from the other cars. This means that the car that parks next to you will less likely to be able to have its door swing into your car.

Parallel Parking Spaces
With parallel parking, the biggest threat posed is by other cars hitting the front or back of your car. I think it is safe to say that most people are better at driving forward than backwards, so they are more likely to hit the front of your car when reversing into or reversing in order to leave their space. Therefore, the most ideal parallel parking space is that at the start of the line and park as far forward in the space as you can.