Cadillac STS Forum - 2005 through 2012 Discussion, Be Careful !! in Past Cadillac Vehicle Discussion; A WORD OF WARNING . I DID NOT REALIZE HOW FAR FORWARD AND LOW THE FRONT " BUMPER " WAS ...
A WORD OF WARNING . I DID NOT REALIZE HOW FAR FORWARD AND LOW THE FRONT " BUMPER " WAS ON MY STS UNTIL I PARKED IN ONE OF THOSE SPOTS THAT HAVE A CURB IN FRONT .
LUCKILY THE CURB WAS QUITE LOW AND IT DID NOT HIT , BUT WHEN I GOT OUT AND LOOKED , ANOTHER 1/4 INCH AND I WOULD HAVE HAD A MAJOR REPAIR BILL .
FROM NOW ON I WILL BACK INTO ANY SPACES WITH A CURB .
Just always stop way short. There is no law that says you have to beach the car onto the curb stone until the wheels touch. If you own a Corvette you quickly learn to say "watch the nose!!!" when someone else drives it and puts it in a parking spot. People driving onto curb stones is a pet peeve of mine. Just no reason for it.
Stop short if you back in also. I have seen several cars with severely damaged exhaust systems when the exhaust tips hang on a high curb or parking stone and ram the exhaust forward bending it out of shape. Just as bad as tearing up the nose.
Interestingly....backing into parking spots is considered by most pro driving schools to be safer than driving in. There are two advantages....one, when you enter the parking spot you are backing into a "protected" zone that you can check out ahead of time so you know it has no obstructions and no approaching traffic. Two, when pulling out you can see much better for watching cross traffic and you can exit the area much quicker which exposes you to risk when exiting the spot for less time. They always teach you that many many accidents happen when backing up and that all the backing accidents can always be avoided....by just not backing up. Whether it is entering a spot or exiting it....avoid backing by parking away from the crowd and always pull thru the spot and then drive out. This won't work on angle spots but is worth remembering in larger lots with plenty of drive-thru parking spots.
I've lost the occasional mud flap on my other car from backing too close to a curb, or those cement stopers.
2 years ago with my Grand Marquis I parked next to a cement divider and when I left I forgot about it and turned right away and drove off and BAM! I got hung up so decided to just gun it to get off that hump! Than goodness the Merc was high up, and I thought for sure I lost my muffler, etc! With my Caddy being so low it would have been in the shop, no doubt.
I've always liked to "back-in" to parking spots because it just seems more logical for exit, unless there is someone I'm holding up and I don't want to inconvience them, I just nose it in.
We had a huge discussion about backing in or nosing in on one of my old threads LOL! More like an arguement.