Letter to the Editor-Thursday, October 17: Use those mirrors
FOR those nose-to-kerb parking advocates who have difficulty reversing between the lines, there is a remedy available. It's simply making a habit of using your side-wing mirrors.
Truck drivers all over do it every day. Reversing semis into unloading bays at Coles or Woolies for instance is a piece of cake when using side mirrors to guide them.
The first task for car drivers would be to set the wing mirrors for vision of the roadway beside and behind, not as a great many are, with one giving a view of a cloudy sky and the other concentrated on that scratch some clown made high up on the passenger door, then practise reversing using the mirrors.
The white line is easily visible from the left, then the right hand mirror when reversing into a park.
The distinct disadvantage with nose to kerb parking is that when moving out, the driver of the vehicle is unsighted while reversing out into traffic which actually stops all oncoming traffic before the driver can move forward, while from a reverse park position the driver of the vehicle can see oncoming traffic before moving out directly into the flow.