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Old 12th Oct 2021, 12:26
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The other problem is the bloated nature of cars these days. They don't fit in car park spaces, and they won't fit on the road next to the pavement without causing an obstruction. Just as an example a 1995 BMW 3 series touring was 1698mm wide. Today's 330e touring is 2068mm wide. That's 1'3" wider than it used to be, and the big door mirrors will add to that. If the street is parked on both sides you're likely to have 2.5 ft less space to work with. Some cars are ridiculously fat now, last night a bloke pulling out of a side street, towards me, driving a new 7 series came onto my side of the road to the extent that I had to take evasive action. There is no need for cars to be this big unless you have as much space as they do in the US.
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Old 12th Oct 2021, 21:20
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Groundbased - embarrassingly, I once got myself stuck in the cab of my lorry having attempted to squeeze through a gap between a row of parked cars on my right, and a car parked half on the pavement on my left. The cab just about fitted through, but the rear of the truck was a few inches wider and I realised it wasn't going to make it so I stopped.
I then couldn't reverse because a queue of traffic had stopped behind me, and I discovered I couldn't even get out of the cab because there wasn't enough room to open either of the doors.
I had to sit there with my hand on the horn until the driver of the pavement-parked car came out to release me back into the wild.
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Old 12th Oct 2021, 23:58
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I'm not altogether proud of my misspent youth, but sometimes it was funny. I was driving a Perpendicular Popular van with a huge Michelson TV in the back. Steep camber on snow covered road. A space, right outside the customer's house! Handbrake turn and got the van fitted into the space. I couldn't get the TV out!
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