DRIVING instructor Candita Hamblin has explained the misconceptions around parking problems for people who drive 4WD's and sedans.
It followed an opinion piece by a Sunshine Coast journalist who claimed that drivers of 4WDs should park away from other cars.
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This was Candita Hamblin's reply:
With a 4x4, unless you have a reversing camera, visibility is next to none from directly behind the vehicle, but you can see either side of you.
However, in a sedan you can see directly behind you but not from either side when larger vehicles are parked next to you.
Regardless of which type of vehicle that you are driving, you will need to be aware of your blind spots in all situations.
The easiest way to get out of parks when visibility is low is to check the whole area and sometimes even the reflections on vehicles around you for other vehicles in the area, then inch out very slowly.
That way if someone is there they will let you know that they are there.
Remember to use all of your mirrors and physically turning your head to look out the back and side windows to see if you can see any other vehicles.
Always give way not just to other vehicles but pedestrians as well, then you will be able to get out of your parking space no problem.
Car parks can be a very stressful and frustrating places and what I find is that a little bit of courtesy goes a long way.
If you see someone struggling to get in or out of a park back off and give them some space or let them know when it is safe to come out.
When the white lights on the rear of a vehicle are on that tells you that the vehicle has been put in reverse.
It shouldn't matter what type of vehicle you are parking next to.