Everything's right with this picture.
It's just that you don't see such disciplined parking in very many places.
This happens to be the parking lot out in front of the Hugo Boss head office in Downsview. Maybe the fact that it's a German company means they are more disciplined than most? Even if head man Les Minion is of Irish descent?
The other place you see parking like this - or at least used to; I haven't been out there for a while - is General Motors of Canada's head office in Oshawa. I was told once that this was because all GM employees had been through John Powell's Advanced Driver Training program (GM was his main corporate sponsor back in the day) and this was a technique he emphasized, as do most advanced driving trainers.
As I noted in my Pet Peeves column a couple of weeks ago (visit: www.wheels.ca/Specials/article/716100 ), backing in to your parking space is the best way to do it, because you can see as you drive by that there's nothing in the spot that can cause you trouble, and obviously, pulling out again means you're not backing into traffic which you cannot properly see.
I got some flak on this one. One reader said that on his residential street (ironically, about a block from where I grew up) it is almost impossible to back into his driveway because other traffic is too impatient. When he passes the entrance to his driveway other cars are on his butt immediately. Despite having his turn signal or four-ways on, he has been honked at, sworn at, even had cars drive up on the sidewalk to get around him.
Geez; how that neighbourhood must have deteriorated! The first person I ever knew who backed into his driveway was Big Jimmy's Dad (I was Little Jimmy on our block). I must admit I thought it was odd then - Mr. Bakes, in memoriam, I honour your foresight.
Brad Diamond, producer/host of our TSN's Motoring 2009 show, pulls in frontwards because he usually has to unload a bunch of TV gear - cameras, tripods, and the like - and if the back of the truck is up against a wall or a fence, it makes it awkward to unload.
OK, there can be exceptions to the rule. But when not unloading? Brad, you really ought to back in.
And so should you all.