Where's my car? (I'm inside it.)
September 4, 2006 2:04 PM Subscribe
My car has no corners! How do I learn where its edges are?
posted by obliquicity to travel & transportation (14 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I recently moved on from my much-loved '88 Volvo station wagon to a ca.-2000 Saturn coupe. Perhaps naively, I looked forward to the switch for one reason: it would be so much easier to find parking in San Francisco with a smaller car! The sad truth, though, is that I could park the Volvo in a tiny spot, thanks to its incredibly visible corners/edges/perimeter. The Saturn, on the other hand, I am very nervous about parking without loads of extra room, because I'm never entirely sure when I'm going to bump the cars in front of and behind me. The low driver's seat, the swoopy curves of the car's body, and the (relatively, I know) tiny windows ensure that I can't see a thing that's going on.
I assumed, based on past experience, that I would quickly get used to the new dimensions of the car -- but it has been nine months and I'm still getting it wrong. Is there anything I can do, short of bumping into things until I "get it," that will help me learn what shape and size my car is?