Advantages of both
When you park in a parking lot or a driveway, you have two choices: park with the front of your car facing out or park with the back of your car facing out. When you park with the front of your vehicle facing out it is known as “head-out” parking. When you do the opposite and the back of your car is facing out, it is known as “head-in” parking.
There are distinct advantages to both. First, depending on which method of parking you choose, you will either save time while you park or while you pull out later on. If you park head-in, you will save time while you park. If you park head-out, you will save time when you pull out later.
Head-out parking also offers the advantage of more visibility and safety when you pull out. You will be able to easily see oncoming traffic and/or pedestrians without turning your head all the way over your shoulders. Head-in parking will offer the advantage of easier loading of things such as groceries.
Disadvantages of both
AS much as there are advantages to both head-in and head-out parking, there are also a few disadvantages to both. Head-in parking can put you at a disadvantage by making it much more difficult and potentially unsafe to back out. You will need to do so much more slowly, and you will need to constantly be checking over both shoulders when you do.
With head-out parking, sometimes you can be ticketed in certain parking lots. Always check and make sure that there are no signs in any lots that you park in that forbid head-out parking. Head-out parking will also mean you need to reverse into your spot or driveway which will take more time and could potentially hold up cars nearby. This can lead to impatience and high-tension behavior such as honking which can cause you anxiety as you maneuver your vehicle into the spot.
There are clear advantages and disadvantages to both head-in and head-out parking. Overall, head-in parking will allow you to pull out of a spot more quickly and safely. Head-in parking will allow you to do the same when you initially pull into a spot or driveway. If you are parking head-out, check for signs first to make sure that parking that way is allowed. Regardless of the method of parking that you choose, always do so slowly and carefully.