The first time you always find yourself
Straddling a line, or at a terrible angle,
And you look to the instructor, hoping
They can shed some light on where you went wrong.
Backwards and forwards you go,
In a car park frequented only by teenagers
Smoking weed on a secluded bench,
And a solitary roller skater, gliding over
The endless tarmac rink, pink wheels
Rumbling past, with each failed attempt
At the impossible task – the beast that is
The ugly reverse park.
On one of my little run routes I take in the sports ground that is opposite the estate that I live on. There’s a nice little 2km lap that you can run and it finishes at the car park in front of the athletics track.
Obviously, the athletics track isn’t in use all of the time so the car park is often almost empty. I run straight across the middle of it, but there is nearly always at least one driving instructor there with their student, trying to teach them to reverse park.
It’s quite fun to watch as people get more and more frustrated and it takes you back to the time when you were learning. I have to confess that I still always drive straight into parking spaces because I daren’t embarraa myself by trying to reverse – just in case I balls it up.
And, interestingly, there is always a random lady in that car park who is always rollerskating. I think she must be a figure skater and she started using the car park to train when the ice rinks closed during the pandemic. She is fun to watch, although I’m always slightly nervous that she’ll collide with one of the learner drivers.
2 thoughts on “learning to reverse park”
Reverse parking and parallel parking can be so hard, can’t they, Rachel? I always feel for people who don’t quite get it right. I’ve struggled with it myself. I love your description of your running track, by the way – it sounds lovely
Don’t even get me started on parallel parking. If there isn’t enough space to just drive straight in, I ain’t going in there!