How Close is Too Close for Parallel Parking on the Streets of San Francisco? This is It – Too Close

Visitors ask all me all the time if my giant Toyota has ever gotten stuck between other cars whilst parked on the mean streets of San Francisco.

And the answer has always been in the negatory.

But I think this here is an actual case, what with bumpers of the black VW cute-ute SUV actually touching the cars ahead and behind.

See?

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I don’t know, maybe you could rev your engine to gently push the cars out of your way, but that would seem to be a risky course.

I guess the driver might have to just be patient and then come back to see when escape becomes a possibility…

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2 Responses to “How Close is Too Close for Parallel Parking on the Streets of San Francisco? This is It – Too Close”

  1. Andrew says:

    I seem to recall hearing about drivers (parkers?) in a more enlightened land (France, I think) leaving their parallel-parked vehicles with the parking brake off and the shifter in neutral, so as to allow gentle productive nudging to facilitate easier and more flexible parallel parking.

    After all, the bumpers, they are for bumping, non? YMMV on slopes, of course.

  2. sfcitizen says:

    My dad told me that that’s how it works in some parts of South America…

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