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The constant fear of the door basher

Discussion in 'Motors' started by lordrobs, Jun 17, 2019.

  1. lordrobs


    Joined: Sep 30, 2003

    Posts: 14,672

    Location: Mulbarton, Norwich

    That was what I meant! Combination of typo and autocorrect fail I think!

    As for people parking next to you when in the middle of nowhere... Sometimes I think the logic must go - this guy obviously cares about his car so they aren't going to damage my one so at least one side is safe if I park next to them!
  2. agw_01


    Joined: Apr 11, 2004

    Posts: 19,383

    You didn't say nice car, you said older car. Ergo, anyone with an old car shouldn't take pride in its appearance.
  3. peterwalkley


    Joined: Feb 23, 2009

    Posts: 3,035

    Location: South Wirral

    Unfortunately poo happens. The best you can do is minimise the risk. I will always walk a little further across a car park and when doing the school run I make sure to park a lot further away and walk more. It doesn't help that parking spaces are using car dimensions from the 1960's.

    Can I add to this people who park something tiny like a Fiat 500 or an already battered 20 year old rust heap in the few extra-width spaces that our local Sainsburys has. If we could get everything we need from Costco I'd shop exclusively there - all the spaces are white van man sized.
  4. cheesyboy


    Joined: Dec 7, 2012

    Posts: 11,240

    Location: Gloucestershire

    In context, that's a stupid way of reading it. Don't be so defensive.
  5. jpaul


    Joined: Mar 1, 2010

    Posts: 7,362

    inflammatory ... but you probably need to reflect on the width of the car you purchase up front ? you can't negotiate gaps on parked streets as easily either

    ... as commented steel/body panels/paint (2-pack) aren't what they used to be.
  6. CaptainRAVE

    Man of Honour

    Joined: Nov 21, 2004

    Posts: 30,660

    I've given up worrying. The number of times I see someone actively rest their door against another car is crazy. That or people parking so close to my car I have to climb in from the other side. In that case you deserve a good whack tbh.
  7. iamdjdz


    Joined: Nov 24, 2006

    Posts: 4,095

    Location: Liverpool

    I worry about this too but when I'm driving my Volvo (850) I worry about it in reverse! The doors are uncontrollable and I worry I'm going to bang them into someone so I park away from people where possible. At my house the drive is next to my wall and I've accidentally clattered them into it that many times I've given up caring.
  8. IAmATeaf


    Joined: Apr 3, 2007

    Posts: 6,903

    Location: South of the Watford Gap!

    In a supermarket I never park next to someone who has reversed parked in but even this didn't stop my car getting s beautiful trolley scrape on my drivers door :(

    For me the first is the worst after which I now no longer sort of care but do but to a lesser extent so am not that worried but will probably think about, damn, who am I kidding, the overall supermarket/DIY store parking still bugs me.

    I saw a previous thread, here I'm sure which mentioned that spaces are the same size? but cars have got wider. Somebody even commented about the massive parking spaces in the US.
  9. LiE


    Joined: Aug 2, 2005

    Posts: 18,456

    Location: Milton Keynes

  10. Tee Hee Johnson


    Joined: May 30, 2007

    Posts: 3,875

    Location: Glasgow, Scotland

    Easier to park when someone is already there :D
  11. LiE


    Joined: Aug 2, 2005

    Posts: 18,456

    Location: Milton Keynes

    That feeling when it's the only spot in a busy car park, you get into the tight space and squeeze out of your car. You look at the car next to yours and then you notice, a child seat, your heart sinks knowing what is to come.
  12. weight


    Joined: Dec 31, 2002

    Posts: 97

    I get this. Parking is just plain stressful if you care about dents.
  13. HoneyBadger

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Aug 2, 2016

    Posts: 2,265

    Location: Hoo, Kent

    Yep! Also there's certain cars that I won't park next to on principle as I've pre-judged. Namely any kind of people carrier without a sliding door!
  14. Glanza


    Joined: Mar 13, 2007

    Posts: 9,629

    Location: South Yorkshire

    I'll try parking at the end of a row, luckily driving a smaller car the gaps either side are usually enough for most people who don't care to get out without banging into my car
  15. adolf hamster


    Joined: Oct 18, 2012

    Posts: 6,905

    just drive an old motor you don't care about the paintwork on.

    it's the one thing annoyed me with the bm- the constant feeling you needed to keep the paintwork intact for future buyers, it's so refreshing not giving a damn any more.
  16. Shivy011


    Joined: Oct 26, 2013

    Posts: 7,635

    Location: Leicester/Loughborough

    I used to hunt for 3/4 empty spaces. Now I've realised someone will just use your car as a guide and whack their car next to you, so I search for petrolhead-y or nice cars now and park next to them.
  17. Nasher


    Joined: Nov 22, 2006

    Posts: 12,209

    The site I work on was built by the Americans years ago, still has the old parking layout and yea the spaces are huge. Also the angled spaces they use are best as you can park in a way where you can fully open the drivers door.
  18. SixTwoSix


    Joined: Sep 14, 2007

    Posts: 9,417

    Location: Rugby

    Get a cheap baby car seat, put in the back and use parent/kids spaces. :D

    Disclaimer: I do actually have a two year old so i'm allowed.
  19. NooBish AbbZ


    Joined: Mar 21, 2013

    Posts: 2,723

    Location: Manchester, UK

    Generally always look to park away from people and where I can park in a space next to some kind of hash markings at the end of a row. Then, i'll put the car a good 2/3 foot onto the hash markings to give me a nice huge gap between the next space. :)
  20. PiKe


    Joined: Oct 18, 2002

    Posts: 23,877

    Location: Lake District

    You cant actually be fined for using parent spaces anyway, but surely you're just asking for trouble if parents with kids genuinely use the ones next to you.