When asking people who back into parking spaces why they do it, the common answer I receive is that it’s easier to pull out.
Logically, I still see it as backing in and out at least once, no matter whether you back into a spot or pull in forward. However, those that back into parking spaces firmly believe in its efficiency.
In my Internet search of the “why” behind backing into a parking space, I found that Coyote Blog believes that most people who back into parking spaces have pickup trucks.
Hmm. What does that mean?
To determine which sign is most likely to back into a parking space, I needed data. As you, reader, are well aware, OHA lacks funding for stringent research. So I did what the unfunded do. I looked at the tags on the cars in my work parking lot that backed into the spot.
The first problem I encountered is that I can’t tell if someone backed into spot or pulled in and moved into the open spot in front. I could, then, only look at tags for those parked at a curb or other parking spot barrier than conclusively proved that the car had backed in.
The second problem with this method is that tags on cars can represent the driver or the spouse/other driver, the month of the tag contains two zodiac signs and leased vehicles might have a date other than birth month of the drivers in the household.
This method was no good.
I moved to a psychological methodology to test a hypothesis (which I will explain in a moment). I decided to find a sample of drivers who back into parking spaces and those that don’t. I then asked the members of each group to self-rate their driving ability.
My hypothesis is that drivers who back into parking spaces consider themselves to be much better drivers than the norm.
In other words, backing into a parking space is about pride.
When OHA receives full funding, test design will be refined. Until then, I’m going to speculate that those that back into parking spaces are proud and want to demonstrate that pride a little bit.
Does pride lead to buying a big truck? That’s not about astrology so I’ll leave it alone.
The sign most likely to back into a parking space is . . .
When I think of “proud” signs, the signs that come up the most are:
Any sign can be proud and the pride associated with backing into a parking space would correspond with that pride. But when someone just generally walks around with the aura of “I’m important,” I look for the signs above.
OHA will vote for LEO as the sign most likely to back into a parking space.
What is your vote?