Why Reverse Parking Rocks

From safety and saving money to deterring thieves and more, here are five reasons that will have you switching to reverse parking in no time.
Oh 2020, you great disruptor. We’ve all had to change the way we go about our days because of the pandemic. In some cases, a bit of out-of-the-box thinking might even have changed things for the better. So how about applying the same thinking to the way we go about reverse parking?

Reverse parking advanatages are great but little known. If it were up to us, it would be the order of the day every time, and not just for the next time you book a parking space with Stashbee. We promise that by the time you’re through reading this blog post, you’ll never even think about driving straight into a parking space again.

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Why We Absolutely Love Reverse Parking

When we say ‘reverse parking’, we’re talking about backing into a space square to a wall or a fence. We probably don’t need to convince you about doing so for parallel parking, which is usually done in reverse anyway.

From safety and saving money to deterring thieves and more, we’ve got all the reasons for you to rethink the way you park.

1) Reverse parking is safer for you and others

The NSC reports that there are tens of thousands of car park crashes each year. Busy shopping periods like Black Friday and Christmas are the biggest culprits for these accidents. Many of them lead to perfectly avoidable injuries and deaths.

Limited visibility means that when you drive straight into a parking space, you always run the risk of an accident when you leave. Depending on where you are, there could be oncoming traffic or a pedestrian path nearby. By reversing into the space first, you exit the area safely, with full visibility of your surroundings.



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2) Reduce your petrol costs

Reverse parking is one of the lesser known ways to save money on your commute each day. When you reverse into a parking bay, your engine is still warm, and you won’t have to reverse later when it isn’t.

The Institute of Advanced Motorists suggests that reversing out of a parking space with a cold engine uses up to 25 times (we were surprised too!) more fuel in the first few seconds than a warm one does. A few seconds might not seem like a lot, but over the course of a month it will definitely put a few extra quid back in your pocket.

3) Reverse parking could be a deterrent for thieves

Ever had someone try to jam the lock on your boot? Reversing close to a wall or fence is a great way to deter thieves from doing it again. There won’t be enough room for them to even open the boot, let alone steal anything from it.

Chances are that they’ll move on quickly because of this. This will save you from losing any possessions, plus you will be spared from having to deal with the police and your insurer too. Take that, thieves!

Okay, maybe we can get on board with stealing when the thief is that cute.


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4) Fewer hassles

This one usually happens on a day when everything that can go wrong does. Think back to the last time you accidentally left your lights on, and the car battery died. If you parked the ‘conventional’ way, you probably had to push the car out of the car park just to position it to be jump-started.

By reverse parking, even when you’re having one of those days, you won’t have to move the car for that knight in shining armour to get to the front of your vehicle with theirs. Unlike with forward parking, the jumper cables will reach your battery, even if you have cars parked on either side of you.

Sometimes you’re the pigeon, sometimes you’re the woman getting attacked by pigeons.


5) You’ll have less to think about in the event of an emergency

While emergencies are the exception and not the rule, reverse parking is always a great safety precaution. If you’ve reverse parked, you could save valuable minutes in the event of an emergency.

You’ll also have less to think about in the moment, especially if you’re parked close to oncoming traffic and need to make a quick getaway.



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Reverse Parking Ready

We know, right? Reverse parking is a total no-brainer. The world would be a better place if more people did it each day.

Whether you’re tired of wondering if you’ll get a parking space close to work or you just want the perfect spot to practise reverse parking in, Stashbee can help. We champion affordable parking rentals all over the UK. You can even go as far as choosing a bay that has extra lighting, security gates, cameras, and more.

Just *imagine* the peace of mind when you reverse park into your brand new space for the first time. You’re totally welcome.

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Updated 14th Apr 2023

Written 21st Dec 2020