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lionswims
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As I was parking my car in the university parking lot this morning, I clipped a parked car.

I probably wouldn't have known that I hit it (I didn't hear or feel the scraping, which is probably evidence of my own stupidity), except that there were two people sitting in the car, and the girl in the driver's side seat stared at me with her mouth agape.

Now let me provide some back story: I was legally blind for a year or so, and couldn't drive. I started driving again back in April of this year, and it was rough. I was rusty, and nervous on the road. Since April, I've improved a lot (with both my nerves and my skill), but I still feel a bit like a new driver.

The damage I did to the other car was minimal (only a small scratch above the back left wheel), and the people in the car were very cool about it. The girl was pretty freaked out, but she calmed down after she realized that the damage was negligible.

I feel absolutely terrible. First and foremost, I feel like an idiot. How could I do such a thing, and not even notice? Will it happen again, and will it be worse next time? Secondly, I'm just sorry that I caused this girl trouble. She was visibly shaken, and I'm sorry that I hurt her car, even a little. I'm thankful that the situation turned out to be minor, but I'm worried that next time, it won't be.

I guess this is sort of a “why can’t I do anything right?” rant.

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I hit a parked car once too, did exactally the same thing you did, just that little bit at the rear left wheel. It only made the slightest sound at all and I didn't feel anything. I put a dent about the size of my thumb in the other car and just a smear of paint on the one I was driving. If you did even less damage than I did, I'm not suprised you didn't feel anything.

It was while I was fairly new at driving, like you are again now. What's really bad is that I was driving one of my parents cars and I hit their other car [Eek!]

Not driving for a year has really got to hurt your skill a bit. I usually have trouble driving my husband's car. Not because I don't drive every day, but because I don't drive that car every day. It always takes me a few minutes to remember how to drive it, so I don't think it's odd at all that you're a bit rusty after an entire year.

Don't be so hard on yourself, you weren't being careless or reckless and noone got hurt. Everyone makes a mistake driving now and then and we all hope they're as small as the one you made [Smile]

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Don't worry.

I've done this a few times, and I haven't half the back story that you have -- I just can't park properly. It's not a big deal, and it happens to just about everyone. And not only once, usually. It's fairly difficult to really mess things up while parking, so if it happens again, it's not likely to be any worse than a little scrape to the car. In fact, if you didn't hear any scraping, that doesn't mean you were inattentive, it means that it wasn't all that bad. I've clipped cars while parking and heard a godawful noise, only to discover that there was practically no damage caused.

Now, if you had said that you drove off the road for no good reason, ran over half a dozen cows and then clipped a nearby tractor, that would be something to worry about.

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Don't worry, dings and scrapes happen, espescially when you have a new car or haven't driven in a while. They serve to remind you to be careful. It's fine as long as you are ok, and the other person is ok, and you didn't run away

We bought a Honda Accord a year ago. We already have a Civic which is bit smaller. Teh Accord was suppossed to be my wife's car, but she was nervous driving it in the begginning. So, I "volunteered" to drive it till she got used to it, since you know, I'm such a great driver and all. First day to work, I scraped it against a pillar in the parking garage

Then couple of days later, I parked it in my garage at home, and closed the door. The door scraped against the rear bumper. I just wasn't used to the size of the bigger car.

I don;t drink too often. One night 3-4 years ago, I was out with my friend and I had a beer. Just one beer followed by a huge pizza. I thought I would be ok. We got into the Civic, and as I was backing out, I hit a pillar smack dab in the center. The pillar was right there, and I didn't even see it. Scared me shitless. I let my friend drive after that.

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my story about hitting a parked car STILL makes me mad.

I was driving my fiance's SUV. Some idiot parked his sedan so close behind the car, I couldn't see it in the rearview mirror. It was so close that when I let off the brake, it went back about 3 inches and hit his car.

But, because he wasn't moving, it was my fault.

He was an idiot, though, because he made a phone call with us (and the cop) standing there and quoted us at $300.

So when the bill for $4000 came in, we didn't have to pay. [Smile]

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When my dad was teaching me to drive I did very well out on the road. When we got home the only place to park was in the middle of a three car drive.... with our other car on the left side and Dad's company truck on the right side. I was scared so I parked in the street. My dad kept insisting that I park and I kept insisting that I would hit one of the cars.... He won out and I was right. I sideswiped our other car. I really didn't want to hit his work truck.
The damage wasn't very bad, just a stripe of paint on both cars, no dents....

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lionswims
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Thanks, guys. Your stories have really put things in perspective for me.

This stuff happens. I'm glad I'm not the only one. [Smile]

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*cheerfully reckless* I've done it loads of times! I've only really scratched one other car, trying to park next to it. I usually just damage my own - reversing up against a wall, I smashed my rear light against a low bollard I didn't see, I gave my car lovely go faster stripes all along the side driving into my driveway, I've bumped the rear countless times trying to parallel park...

I'm a much better driver now... *Everyone sighs with relief that Remigo drives/parks on a different island*

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Meh - I sideswiped a wall once. In an empty carpark. In an empty carpark big enough to park 300 cars. And the wall was attached to a building 18 stories high. In friggin daylight, stone cold sober. And beacuase this was Abu Dhabi, I had to get a report from the traffic police before I moved my car, who really saw the funny side.

And did about £300 worth of damages.

Moral of the story? Give yourself a break, and probably wise not to let me drive your car!

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Ooh Ooh, another parking crash story. I was teaching my wife how to drive. So, for the first few days, we were just driving around the block inside our apartment complex till she got used to the feel of the car. She could start, stop, drive around at 10-15mph and make turns. Her stops were kinda choppy. Stopping meant slam on the brakes for her, instead of easing into it

After we were done, she felt confident enough to park the car. Me: "Honey, I haven't taught you how to park the car yet" She: "I can do it" Me: "You better not". What she tried to do is turn at umm.. somewhere around 5-10 mph and slam on the brakes as soon as she was in. I hadn't taught her how to ease on and off the brake yet, and she didn't have the feel of the size of the car. Slam!! She drove right into the median. Part of the front bumper became loose and started hanging down. The worst part is that it snowed very heavily that weekend, the loose bumper was acting as a big rear-facing shovel, and would get lodged in the ice whenever I would try to back out

Great lesson for her. Day 1:- wreck the car Day 2:- spend half of next morning backing take the car out Day 3:- Learn how to park [lol]

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I was trying to back my Dad's van out of a parking spot once & I hit a car behind me pretty good. What really sucked is that the owner of the car was standing right next to it getting ready to unlock it. Lucky for me, his car was a tank, so there was no damage. I sure did feel like an ass though! [Roll Eyes]

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Well, my middle daughter dented a truck a whole lot worse than your description with her French Horn case. That little incident will cost me $200-300. [Frown]

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My mom let me use her car when she was away, when I was about 18. When I parked it, I hit the car next to me. It did no visible damage to the other car, but somehow smashed two panels of her car. Did I mention that it was her NEW car, less than 5,000 miles on it?
So, don't worry lionswims, at least you don't have to explain to your mom how you managed to do thousands worth of damage to her new car. Her first new car EVER.

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I think everyone hits a car while parking at least once in their lives. I swear they keep making the spaces smaller and the cars bigger.

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My parked SUV was hit in the parking lot of the shopping center that housed my son's martial arts academy and the DMV three doors down. This poor young man completed the entire test and had passed till he pulled into the parking lot and hit my vehicle.

He was in his 20s and taking his driver's test for the ump-teenth time. He'd suffered a head injury when he was younger and had been working so hard and the driver's test was a final step for him. I felt so bad for him. And it was just a few deep scratches in the grey part of my fiberglass bumpher, I wouldn't have even noticed them if the police officer hadn't pointed them out.

In the same parking lot, a few years later, my husband backed up in the nearly-empty lot and backed into the only other vehicle in the lot. Knocked the license plate off.

So yeah, it happens.

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I once hit my dad's brand new Ford LTD with my crappy old Volkswagon bug backing it out of our garage. I went running into the house clutching a huge piece of metal that had come off dad's car - he was really cool about it until he got outside and realised the big piece of metal was off *his* car. I shall draw a veil over the ensuing conversation!

Anyway my sympathies Lionswim - as others have said these things do happen and you will never get your confidence back about driving if you let this frighten you into giving up. Good luck!

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I was once in my father's passenger seat when he hit a parked car.

Mine.

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It happens. I have hit all sorts of things. Once I was backing out of a carport and trying not to run over a cat. Hit the support pole. Once I was backing out of my alley trying not to run over a toddler, hit a little metal pole that prevents you from hiting the electric cabinet. One time I was trying to park in my garage and trying not to run over my brother, hit the side of the garage opening. Once I was parking in a car port and trying not to hit a bush on the left side, hit the pole on the right side. Luckily I have not run over any living creatures, so I take the scrapes on my car.

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When I was about 17 and newly licensed. I went to the store and while I was backing up my mom's car I hit the car beside me dragging off part of his bumper. I didn't know what to do, so I hightailed it out of there. So yes at one point I did a hit and run. Because I am sure there was some damage to the other car.

E* I was young and stupid*E

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I dragged my drivers door along a lampost after 2 days of driving the car. I need a new door. I also reversed waaaay too quickly without looking behind me (there's not normally a car there!) and 'scraped' my dad's car. He needed a new panel and 2 new doors.

Oh, and after making me feel guilty for weeks, my dad then reversed into my car. 3 times. 3 different places.

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I was backing up closer to the house to clean out my car. I hit the wheelbarrow. I didn't even know we had a wheelbarrow, nevermind that it was waiting by the front stairs. Love those plastic bumpers that don't dent? Not me. There is now a triangular shaped dent/hole in it (not a complete hole since the plastic didnt come out all the way, not a dent since it's a hole).

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OK, I'll admit my guilt first: I hit my roommate's mother's car once when moving out of the house we shared. She was parked illegally, but I still ended up with the bill, since I was driving the moving vehicle.

But DH, he takes the cake! He seems to have this problem with backing up. Keep in mind he's a cop, they even get EXTRA driving lessons! He hit another police car while backing up, while still in the academy. Then once on patrol, but still on probation, he hit someone's car backing out of an alley. Then another time, in his patrol car, he hit a low pole while backing up.

Is it any wonder that I never let him back out of my parent's garage when they lived in their previous house with its REALLY narrow garage doors (plus there was a hill on one side of the driveway AND all garages in the neighborhood had to face toward the side and not the street -- the trifecta of parking dilemnas!)?

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When I was 18 I was in a church parking lot when I decided to pull forward because all the other kids were hanging around talking behind me and I didn't want to wait for them to leave. Now all the spots to my right and to my left didn't have any of those concrete parking barriers that keep you from pulling through, so I figured I was clear to pull forward. My front tires got over the barrier but it apparently was no longer bolted into the asphalt and my back tires dragged it forward. I had to get all the boys to lift the back end of my car up and over it. Talk about embarassing.

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quote:
Originally posted by blucanary:
When I was 18 I was in a church parking lot when I decided to pull forward because all the other kids were hanging around talking behind me and I didn't want to wait for them to leave. Now all the spots to my right and to my left didn't have any of those concrete parking barriers that keep you from pulling through, so I figured I was clear to pull forward. My front tires got over the barrier but it apparently was no longer bolted into the asphalt and my back tires dragged it forward. I had to get all the boys to lift the back end of my car up and over it. Talk about embarassing.

I did this at a restaurant in Macon. I simply forgot the barrier was there! It didn't pull the barrier loose but I didn't have enough engine power to get the rear wheels over, so me and my 2 fellow coeds had to push the car over - fortunately it was a itty bitty Toyota Tercel and didn't weigh much.

We were all laughing hysterically the whole time. I thought I'd never live it down until one of my passengers was driving with me and my other passenger at the Cherry Blossom Festival and managed to jump her car half onto the sidewalk. (No alcohol was involved in either incident.) After that it was mutually agreed that we would not allow the remaining member of our group to drive us anywhere as the events seemed to be escalating and we were afraid we'd end up on top of a building somewhere!

ETA for spelling.

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I hit a gaspump once [Frown]

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You wanna hear a bad one? My sister once hit an ambulance. With the siren and lights on.

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I have a pink stripe down the side of my gray car where I scraped a concrete pillar in the parking lot of Dunkin Donuts.

I shouldn't be allowed to drive before coffee. [Eek!]

And remind me some time to tell you the story of how I hit a parked car as I was on my way to take my driving test. Which, after exchanging paperwork with my victim, I then aced. [Big Grin]

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I was backing out of a parking space once (in a parking garage)...that I had BACKED INTO. I was so used to backing out of spaces that I put the car in reverse and drove backward right into the wall. Luckily it was only a small dent in the rear bumper and my mom was cool about it. But jeez I was terrified on the drive home.

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That reminds me of my sisters first time backing out of the garage. Well she didn't actually back out. She ran straight into the freezer. She was 15 and had always driven in an empty parking lot so she never had put the car in reverse before. So she got in and put the car in drive. Look over her shoulder and pulled forward. All my dad said was Woah, in a very calm tone. Which of course didn't make her stop.

Oh another doozey. I guess it was the summer after we got married, or maybe the next one. I had gone to the rental office to pick up our pool passes and decided to go home and eat lunch before going to swim. The rental office is the old Manor house from the farm that took up half of Frederick City. The driveway is a bit narrow and the parking area is slightly up a hill. There's a curb and a drop off right next to the driveway. I had backed into the parking spot and the driveway went off sharply to the right so I made basically a big U turn ran over the curb and got my car caught see-saw style over it.

Because the car had front wheel drive and neither front tire would touch the ground I couldn't back off. The maintenance guys tried to help but no one could get the tire down far enough to get any traction I called my husband in a panic and he drove home from DC to help me and called a tow truck in the meantime. [Frown] The worst part was all the people who lived in apartments nearby kept staring at me. It took him a couple of hours to get home and the tow truck driver couldn't find the place. They claimed they got there and no one was there, but there's no way you could miss my car. I think he just didn't bother to drive up the driveway.

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I agree with all the posters who have said this is no big deal and the OP shouldn’t feel bad. I’ve dented a few cars but only once caused an actual garage visit resulting in an insurance claim when I rear-ended someone who sneaked up and overtook me on the inside while I was watching for a gap in traffic to pull out. My own stupid fault, though.

You can feel bad when somebody else prangs your car with you in the passenger seat. Years ago, before DH got his license, I was away on business, staying in a B&B. He came to visit for the weekend and I let him drive us around with L plates on cos he was practicing for his test and a fairly competent driver at that time.

Now, I was used to the place I was staying in and knew that you couldn’t turn left into the driveway (I’m in the UK. We drive on the left). The best way to approach the narrow drive flanked by heavy duty steel pillars was to go to the end of the road, do a U-turn and turn right, giving the car more turn angle.

DH disagreed, attempted the left turn and somehow misinterpreted my scream of “NFBSKing BRAKE” for “Accellerate NOW” and gouged a trough along the passenger side of the whole car.

I am, to this day, quite proud of the way I silently let him park, got out of the car saying quietly “I’m a bit angry right now, so can you give me some time alone please?” which he wisely did.

I forgave within an hour or so, and thought I had forgotten all about it until I read this thread. [Smile]

We all make mistakes, but as long as nobody was hurt, you can just write it down to experience.

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My neighbour and I backed into each other last Saturday. We live in a block of 8 freestanding units, and were both reversing out of our individual driveways into the common driveway to enable us to drive forward onto the street. I was looking over my right shoulder at the area I was aiming for, he was looking over his left shoulder and aiming for the same spot. As a result, neither of us saw the other until his wife started yelling.

At the time we agreed that we were both equally to blame, but his story has now changed at least three times, and he's trying to get me to take 100% of the blame. Unfortunately for him, I don't intimidate easily.

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Some years ago they added a temporary building at my dad's place of work. One person could not get used to the new building. He kept hitting the corner of the building while entering/leaving his parking place. Finally a post was installed to keep him from hitting the building. His lovely co-worker's painted his name on the post. And yes, he hit the post just as often as he had hit the building.

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quote:
Originally posted by Die Capacitrix:
Some years ago they added a temporary building at my dad's place of work. One person could not get used to the new building. He kept hitting the corner of the building while entering/leaving his parking place. Finally a post was installed to keep him from hitting the building. His lovely co-worker's painted his name on the post. And yes, he hit the post just as often as he had hit the building.

What did his car look like after all that?
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quote:
Originally posted by evilrabbit:
You wanna hear a bad one? My sister once hit an ambulance. With the siren and lights on.

I think your story wins! (glad it was your "sister" and not you [Wink] ).

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Around this time last year, I was in the school parking lot pulling into my space and I hit the gas instead of the brake and hit the two cars in front of me. Teachers' cars. Minimal damage to their's, more damage to my new car. No insurance claims!

Since then, I rear ended a car on the highway and a girl in the school parking lot backed up into me. No insurance claims there.

Dark "Worst Male Driver of MRHS Class of 2006" Dan

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