- Joined Oct 3, 2010
At least a dozen times in the past month I have nearly backed into people in parking lots and had to slam on my brakes, nearly inflicting whiplash on my passengers. People just cruise down the aisles with total disregard for people backing out. It's painfully obvious when someone is backing out, because 2 symmetrically positioned beams of light will emit from the rear of the vehicle right before it starts going backward. When you try to speed up and 'squeeze through' to avoid the inconvenience of waiting for the other car, it's just plain stupid. When you are driving down the aisle, you have right of way (as I understand it) and it is up to the person backing out ensure it is safe to do so. This is all well and good, but when you are backing out, with vans and trucks on both sides, you can't see out into the lane except for maybe a few degrees FOV, and you can't look over both shoulders at the same time. Every time it happens I consider a little more seriously welding a piece of I-beam to my rear bumper and burning out in reverse from parking spots.