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This driver must be more skilled.
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Good spot yes but awkward in my opinion. I never back into a spot with the Exige because I can't see much and I also like leaving nice the rear-end visible. Then when I back out of the spot I check both ways before getting in the car, roll down both windows and look out both windows while moving.

This driver must be more skilled, must think the front end it more pretty, and may have been unloading a body from the trunk.
You just pointed out exactly why it's better to back into parking spaces with an Exige.

When backing into the spot, you know for sure there's a curb behind you, and should be able to judge when to stop backing in. If you pull in nose-forward, and have to back out of the spot, you're now blindly entering potential on-coming traffic. And if you get hit, you're the one at fault.

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but the rear end is so pretty...even while backing into pedestrians.
I agree with you.

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Good spot yes but awkward in my opinion. I never back into a spot with the Exige because I can't see much and I also like leaving nice the rear-end visible. Then when I back out of the spot I check both ways before getting in the car, roll down both windows and look out both windows while moving.

This driver must be more skilled, must think the front end it more pretty, and may have been unloading a body from the trunk.
Sounds tiring.

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Guy went into a women's clothing store!?

probably a cross dresser!
Maybe he's a skinny, small statured dude and that's the clothing that comes in his size... like an Asian guy or something?

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You just pointed out exactly why it's better to back into parking spaces with an Exige.

When backing into the spot, you know for sure there's a curb behind you, and should be able to judge when to stop backing in. If you pull in nose-forward, and have to back out of the spot, you're now blindly entering potential on-coming traffic. And if you get hit, you're the one at fault.
Sounds like that reasoning can be applied to any car out there.

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Sounds like that reasoning can be applied to any car out there.
Yeah. The visibility out of my convertible with the top down is *totally* the same as the visibility out of the rear of an Exige. What was I thinking?? ffs...

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Yeah. The visibility out of my convertible with the top down is *totally* the same as the visibility out of the rear of an Exige. What was I thinking?? ffs...
No joke? I thought most convertibles would be way better with the top down.

Every convertible I had is way better with the top down as far as visibility goes, but I never had a Mustang.

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Sounds like that reasoning can be applied to any car out there.

It is. And especially so for a car with zero rearward visibilty like the Exige.

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No joke? I thought most convertibles would be way better with the top down.

Every convertible I had is way better with the top down as far as visibility goes, but I never had a Mustang.
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Awesome parking spot!
yep, and he did a good job parking it also. Although there's more space he could have gotten closer to the curb. You know those handicap folks like to open the door all the way.


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Good spot yes but awkward in my opinion. I never back into a spot with the Exige because I can't see much and I also like leaving nice the rear-end visible. Then when I back out of the spot I check both ways before getting in the car, roll down both windows and look out both windows while moving.

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You just pointed out exactly why it's better to back into parking spaces with an Exige.

When backing into the spot, you know for sure there's a curb behind you, and should be able to judge when to stop backing in. If you pull in nose-forward, and have to back out of the spot, you're now blindly entering potential on-coming traffic. And if you get hit, you're the one at fault.
+1 I always back it in. Easier to see & judge the distance to the curb vs risk getting into an accident if you were to park head-in and reverse out the spot.

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yep, and he did a good job parking it also. Although there's more space he could have gotten closer to the curb. You know those handicap folks like to open the door all the way.
Yes they do, and I am especially wary of vans because either of the possibility they have kids, who are pretty much careless, or they have a wheelchair or walker, which increases the width needed as well as the chance of a metal gouge.

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+1 I always back it in. Easier to see & judge the distance to the curb vs risk getting into an accident if you were to park head-in and reverse out the spot.
I agree with the practice; however, it's very important to pay attention to any signs in the lot. Many lots have a head-in only parking requirement even in lots with straight in (not angled) spaces and you can actually get a parking ticket for not following a posted sign for this in a lot; turns out this is an LA county ordinance. And it doesn't have to be at every space either. One sign in the lot is all it takes.

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I once parked at a restaurant, with my car edged on the line and this still happened. Note: the two spots to the right of me were empty when I was parking.


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Check these out: There are idiots everywhere. Imagine if I didn't ride the curb. They would have no way of getting out of the car without hitting mine.
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^ that's how much room you'd have if dude parks normally.

oops sorry for big pics, too lazy to make smaller...

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Yup, a Lexus RX and Mercury Grand Marquis, the signature vehicles of the suburbanite HUA driver and the senior citizen driver. No surprises here.

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idiots, they don't have the ability to judge where the lines are at so they just get close to your car and its good enough for them.

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Spotted a white Esprit headed NB on PCH in Laguna Beach this evening. Had Texas plates and honked at me.

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