I never liked the bottom of the steering wheel method. It was suggested
that I try that when backing a trailer and I just couldn't get used to it.
I do fine with my hand on the top, trailer or not.
Which is why I practice and think everybody should.
When I was much younger, I had a friend who felt the same way as I do -
driving in reverse is a good skill to have. One Saturday night his
transmission went bad and the only gear he had was reverse. I "followed"
him as he drove over 10 miles in reverse to get the car home. For a short
while - one exit's worth on the Van Wyck Expressway - we reached a decent
speed. The only thing that slowed him down was the sound of the tranny.
On Tue, 11 Mar 2014 17:10:24 +0000 (UTC), DerbyDad03
My first car was a '61 mini. Spark plugs and distributor right out i
the open behind the removeable stamped steel grille that spent more
time off than on. I'd be out at my girlfriend's place and it would
start to rain - a driving west wind chasing it right up the road that
I had to take to get to the highway to go home. (as well as numerous
good-sized water puddles) Many a time I backed the little mini from
the crowsfoot corner, through Winterbourne to the 86.
All you have to do is kick them. But you want your tenants to knock
them off their cars before they turn into the parking stall. You don't
think they'd stop in the street to do that, do you? No, at best
they'll stop in the parking lot, kick them off, then park. Either way,
you'll get snow chunks accumulating in your parking lot, because it's
All they have to do is turn their wheels before backing up so as to
not back right up and over the ice turds.
Really? Would you care to explain how turning the wheel causes the rear
wheels to not back up over ice turds that are directly behind the rear
Besides, the OP mentioned "parking stalls". How much can you turn while
backing out of a parking stall?
Most cars nowadays are front wheel drive, so most resistance comes
from what's blocking the front wheels. Turn the front wheels a bit and
the car can move much more easily. It then only has the hump behind
one or both rear wheels to climb over, and it can now do so.
You don't need to turn the wheels much, nor do you need to maintain
the angle of turn beyond a foot of progress. Once you're past the
lump, just straighten the wheels and keep moving.
I've only been dealing with this for the past month. We got several
heavy snows, and the ice turd accumulation has been relentless. I had
some drop off in my garage that I wasn't aware of until they'd frozen
into place. So I had to slightly maneuver around them the same way I
had to maneuver around the ones in the parking stalls at work.
I used to allow a bit of 'running' space. Park slightly out of the space,
then on start up gently drive forward, and ram it out in reverse and 'hop'
over the clumps. Sadly, some parking lots do NOT allow backing into the
Believe it or not, the law in Manitoba is that landlords are only
required to remove snow from the access ways to the tenant's parking
spots, not from the parking spots themselves. The parking spot is
consider part of the space the tenant is renting, and it's their
responsibility to maintain that space just in the same way as it's the
tenant's responsibility to maintain a reasonable standard of cleanliness
in their apartments. So, it's actually the tenant's responsibility to
clear the snow that falls in their parking spot just as it's the
tenant's responsibility to remove the dirt that accumulates on their
apartment floors during their tenancy.
'Residential Tenancies Branch | Province of Manitoba'
The above web page contains the following statement:
In an outdoor parking lot, the landlord is responsible for clearing
snow, when necessary, to give tenants access to their parking stall. The
landlord doesnt have to remove snow from individual parking stalls,
unless the tenant and landlord have agreed that this service will be
Anyhow, I just wanted to let people know that it's good practice to
remove those "ice turds" from their cars in a convenient location before
parking their cars somewhere they have to back out over those things.
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