workplace carpark - reversing into the space, forwards out
Sadly, I do have the stats. And I say "sadly" because my life is too short to be worrying about people "shinning" them selves on a tow bar in a car park.
The stats show just one incident - and that's the one with the bike rack on the back.
I have confidence in the stats because I encourage every incident to be reported - but that's on the basis I won't challenge an ACC claim if the incident has "gone in the book". And some of our folks would be very quick to lodge an ACC claim and take a week off work for a skinned shin.
Sadly, I also have little sympathy for people that do shin themselves. Really, at some point people need to be responsible for their own awareness and environment and think about walking around a car a bit more.
But in this "zero harm" day in age I also know I am a bit of a dinosaur, so I know I'd be expected to spend shareholder funds on putting those little wheel stop bumper things in the car park 1m out from the kerb so the reversing cars tyre would hit this and thus prevent the car from encroaching on the footpath zone. At $300 per car park I could sleep easier at night knowing some twits shin is now nicely protected.
Actually $300 wouldn't cover it. $100 for the Stop, $500 for a consultation process, $100 for the engineering reports on the drive substrate to ensure it met standards, $100 for the labour to install, $100 for fixing materials, $100 for the safety register to be updated and $100 for the subsequent audits to ensure the stop continued to meet Standard.
While working at a BHP Billiton mine in Western Australia a study was made available which clearly demonstrated reverse parking was far safer than forward parking. The greater safety was when the vehicle was leaving the carpark as the driver had a clear view of the egress. Unfortunately, I don't have access to the study any longer, but I will try to get it and share it to the discussion.
In my car park near not far from my house. I was almost struck by idiots traveling forward into the space next to me, not to mention the opposite. And most drivers simply cannot return to a small space.
It occurred to me while reversing into a parking space today that doing so would also make it much easier to use jumper cables if required.
But much more difficult to charge an electric vehicle
Reversing in should give better fuel economy. You want to do your low-speed manoeuvring while your engine is warm. This is one reason why truck drivers line their vehicles up for the quickest getaway at depots. If you have to gingerly reverse out of the space while the engine is cold, you're using more fuel and putting more wear and tear on the engine. On an individual scale, it's not much, but magnify it over a larger number of vehicles and over a longer time period and there may be noticeable fuel savings to be had. We reverse in all our company vehicles at TR Group/Master Drive (utes, light and heavy trucks), although getting the non-truck-driver staff to do it in their cars is harder, as you can see in the photo
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