I know we as humans are built to constantly move forward. But, there are times I enjoy moving backward. My propensity for moving backward gets a lot of strange looks, sometimes even a car honk or exasperated head shake. It’s because I’m one of the rare few who like to back into a parking space – even it’s my own driveway. I’ve stopped counting at the number of agitated neck turns I’ve caused when I stop before my driveway and put the car into reverse. I have a feeling my neighbors can’t understand why I even bother to back my car in – after I hear their tires screeching as they speed down the 15 mph street. I enjoy putting the car in reverse, turning the steering wheel and angling my car in the right direction into the driveway. Call it my need for efficiency when I leave the house – I don’t have to do the slow creep if I parked head in. I won’t have to worry about backing my car into another car that’s hurtling down the street to get out of suburbia and on its way into the world. Plus, it’s safer to back your car in. Well, at least if you were to park in a parking structure. I learned this tip when I was in college, and all student athletes had to sit through a campus safety talk with one of the public safety officers. The burly, double barreled mustachioed man advised that it’s safer for women to back their car into a space so if they were being pursued by someone and had to make a quick getaway, the car could pull out quickly. I back into spaces whenever I can. I may be a rarity, but I’m not the only. One of my best friend’s does it, but she lives in Hawaii. Driver temperament may be a little more understanding and less likely to get upset that they are being held up. Angelenos have places to go – even though most of the time we’re stuck in traffic. One more reason I like going backward. It gives me a different view – especially with something like driving because I’m sure there are times when it’s easy to operate on autopilot. It’s like I’m not only testing my parking skills but also my skills to try something different – on a daily basis. Making the mundane into something fun. Besides, it helps me feel somewhat accomplished. If I can handle moving backward for only a few seconds, then it can only help me as I progress forward in whatever I do.