Remember the time you went to get your driver's license? Two words probably put the fear of God in you: parallel parking. And we all made mistakes because the instructor made us nervous. You may have gotten over your fear of parking, but some people never do. In fact, they progressively get worse at it and end up in hilarious parking fails. Of course, it’s funny only as long as they haven’t damaged others' cars or property in the process!
We’ve compiled some hilarious parking fails for you containing situations where we clearly don’t know what the driver was on or how high he or she was. In fact, we're thinking there should be a PUI offense as well–parking under the influence. These people have not only managed to completely trash their own rides but also damaged the other ably-parked cars around them in spectacular ways. Of course, it does happen to best of us–a fender bender with the parking meter or a forgotten handbrake that results in a getaway car! But you have to be on a different plane altogether to be able to commit such blasphemy in the name of parking. There are cars on top of cars, blocking other cars, and parking so haphazard that we cannot even begin to understand what happened in the parking lot. And then, there are those drivers who erred not due to a lack of depth perception or even driving skill but more because of the fact that they were inconsiderate. Here are 10 parking fails for you to laugh at, shake your head at, and promise never to be a part of:
10. WHEN THE PARKING FAIL WAS A PARKING ASSIST
According to Daily Mail, one man’s parking assist is another man’s parking fail. 27-year-old Jonathan Libratore was trying to park his Bimmer when its auto-park function malfunctioned and sent his car crashing into another vehicle. According to the owner, this was a parking fail caused by the parking assist. Libratore was trying to park his 2013 BMW in the Target parking lot using the BMW’s really cool Parking Assist function. But according to him, the car accelerated across a grassy island into—and onto—a car parked opposite. The shaken driver blamed the BMW for the accident, especially since his infant son was in the back seat. The boy was unharmed in the accident. Basically, the Parking Assist function guides the drivers into parking right by finding the right parking spaces. It sort of parks the car itself by accelerating, braking, steering, and automatically selecting the gear. In this case, it failed. BMW, on the other hand, refused to take responsibility and defended the parking assist saying it never controls the speed of the car. So, this parking fail may be driver’s error after all! Some commenters also felt that the fault may have been Libratore’s only if he stepped on the accelerator instead of the brake.
9. PANICKED TEEN SMOOSHES CAR AGAINST THE GARAGE
This poor Porsche Cayenne had the misfortune of being taken for a joyride by a teen, the owner’s son. He took out his mother’s white Cayenne sans permission and then apparently struck it against a parked vehicle in the residential neighborhood. He then panicked and tried to hide the car back in his garage but messed up the parking, turning it into a huge fail. The boy was 16 and didn't possess a driver’s license when somehow he decided that driving the Cayenne was a breeze–if his mom could do it, so could he, he thought. But when he rammed the car, he went into a full-blown panic mode, so much so that he simply couldn’t put the Cayenne back into the garage.
His attempts to park were recorded by a bystander, and once the police saw the viral video, they figured out the hit-and-run case easily.
Since no one was injured, no criminal case was registered, but we're sure that mom has grounded the boy till he turns 80! Plus, looking at the evidence, the motor authority may even deny him a license when he applies for one. There are consequences to every action, so a teen who decides he doesn’t need a license to drive may not actually get one in the future!
8. ILLEGAL PARKING IN JAPAN CAN LEAD TO THIS
Japan is the epitome of good manners and civic sense, and they even treat the residents who illegally park their vehicles on streets in a very different manner. Case in point: the red Toyota parked where it shouldn’t have been parked. Or so we think. Unlike in America where the cops will come and simply put a wheel clamp on your car, which you can legally get off once you pay the requisite fine, things work differently in the land of the rising sun. In Japan, they apparently hem you in with an excavator and lock you in position till you go to the authorities and pay the fine. Basically, it's the same thing, but in Japan, they're polite enough not to touch your car. Instead, they surround it with heavy-duty machinery that doesn't put a scratch on your car but carries with it the Sumo-like threat of being able to squish your vehicle. Or this could simply be a very innovative parking fail by the excavator driver who was too tired to go around the block and just nudged his heavy-duty vehicle into place with great dexterity and skill. If the driver of the red Toyota has the same skill, he probably could sneak it out from under.
7. WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU'RE BOXED IN?
This is a common scenario in just about any busy street of any country in the world. The red car is well and truly boxed in with the black car behind it stuck to its arse. While the situation is okay enough for the car in the front and the back, the poor boxed-in creature is stuck with no way out till one of the drivers manages to come on the scene, but who knows when that may be? Most people don't spare a glance at the cars around them while they park, so hemming in could've been an inadvertent mistake on their part. But it's still irritating as hell. In a YouTube video, there is a hack shown for this–and while it works in the video, we don't know if it'll work in real life. Apparently, you need a sturdy stick and some water. Wedge the stick near one rear wheel, and pour water over it. Then, drive the wheel over the stick, and then switch off the ignition. After this, you need to lean your back against the side of the car and wedge your feet against the curb. Give it a mighty push from the rear-end side. The car will slide out, we think!
6. THE PICTURE SAYS IT ALL, DOESN’T IT?
Then, there are those who know how to park right, drive beautiful cars very ably, and still manage to make a fool of themselves. Or rather, their parking fails are so epic, it gives people a chance to play a revenge prank on them. The parking lines in any lot are made so that you, the driver, can use them as guides to steer your vehicle into. The truck owner here used not one, not two, but four parking spaces to safely park his extra-large vehicle just right. But in fact, it was very wrong! Most parking lots are nothing but a paved hell with idiots everywhere.
With parking lines in place, it should be simple, right?
Drive in, park your car, get out, and do your stuff. But then, there are people like this driver who simply have to ruin many a day. But while most of us tut-tut and walk away simmering, someone took a neat potshot at the guy and labeled this parking just right with some chalk and plenty of arrows. It’s like that t-shirt that says: “I’m with stupid.” With the picture going viral and reaching all corners of the world, we hope this truck owner at least learned his lesson!
5. DO YOU HAVE TO RAM THE DODGE?
We know the Dodge Ram is supposed to be a good, sturdy vehicle. But did it have to be tried out for its sturdiness quite this way? Actually, most of these parking fails don’t make sense when you look the pictures. Not only did this Dodge Ram owner park his truck over the curb; he also managed to roll the van over a rock. The body of the Dodge is showing the bend and tear, and we're sure the suspension didn't fare any better. Mistakes like these can actually happen with just about anyone, be it a new driver or an experienced one. The driver may have been trying to park very conscientiously next to the curb, but he was a little too enthusiastic about it and parked it on top of the curb itself. Had the stone not been there, the parking would've been funny but not such an epic fail. But to manage to drive the van over a rock this size means the driver was simply not paying any attention to what the poor car was being driven over. We're guessing he'll now have to shell out for some hefty repairs. We feel sorry for the Dodge, though…
4. HELP, THE BEACH SWALLOWED MY CAR!
As they say in Australia, everything is trying to kill you there–even the ground. And this is what happens to tough 4X4s when their owners decide to park on what seems to be sturdy sand and go for a swim. When the drivers come back after fighting the tides and the currents, they now have to fight the sand to get their rides back. This particular instance happened at Rainbow Beach in Queensland, and this beach has become infamous for its appetite for all sorts of cars. This kind of phenomenon, when an erstwhile firm beach swallows a car, happens when the high tide rolls in and the sand slowly starts to retain more and more water, turning into quicksand. Cars that have been buried tend to be recovered only when the low tide happens and the sand dries a bit. Wet and watery sand sucks in the vehicle, and towing the car out then becomes impossible because of the intense sucking pressure. Also, with saltwater entering the picture, most of these cars are complete write-offs. Luckily these cars were empty at the time–getting stuck in a vehicle that the beach is actively swallowing doesn't sound like a good experience at all!
3. WHEN THE GPS NEARLY DROWNS YOU
When you're trying to get from point A to point B and are happily following wherever the GPS tells you to go, things should be okay, right? Well, wrong—at least for a woman from Lindfield who was trying to get to Manly. As she was driving down her merry way, she saw her headlight reflect off a sea of water right in front of her. Sensibly, she braked hard, lest the GPS murderously take her where no cars are supposed to go. In a tizzy, the woman tried to reverse and drive herself out of the GPS-induced predicament. Unfortunately for her and her Volkswagen Beetle, she tried to do a reverse turn on a narrow 20-meter boat ramp. The result of that reverse turn is the picture. According to Daily Mail, the woman left the car stranded and decided to go home. But she did leave a note on the windshield: “Hello, the driver had an accident and lost control of the car. The driver will return to deal with the situation.” The note was dated, timed, and carried her phone number as well. So, it may have been a parking fail, but manners-wise, this car owner was clearly a winner.
2. A MERC TRIED TO BE THE BOSS OF A FERRARI
According to TopGear, crashing into an expensive car with another expensive car is something most of us wouldn’t wish on our worst enemy. Unfortunately for this Mercedes owner and the Ferrari owner, it happened. This sad, bad parking fail happened at a ‘Cars & Coffee’ meet in Virginia where the female driver of the Mercedes 380 SL was attempting to parallel park. Somehow, despite the Ferrari having left ample space, she beached her vehicle on top of the Ferrari 458 Speciale. Other than the cars, no one was hurt, but the woman driver who caused the parking fail visibly panicked when she saw the damage she had caused. We can generate a little sympathy for her because mistakes do happen, but imagine the plight of the poor Ferrari owner. He hadn’t done anything but parked perfectly and left enough space for others to park as well. “Are you serious? That’s the dumbest thing I’ve ever seen,” he was heard muttering to the onlookers. Another hilarious aspect of the picture is the Great Falls Eyecare sign on the wall–maybe it should be renamed "Great Crashes Eyecare" after this incident that left both cars with serious dents and scratches.
1. AN UBER FAIL—THIS TIME, WITH PARKING
So, we’ve finally reached San Francisco, and with a city being this great, the parking fail has to be epic as well. In a bid to use a shortcut, an Uber got stuck on the stairs of a pedestrian walkway after the driver had tried to go down them. The stairs were outside of a Safeway on Market Street, and while the car remained stranded, the driver high-tailed it out of there before you could say "Uber!" When contacted, the driver later said that he was merely following the GPS instructions from the Uber app, and he made a wrong turn as per the app’s directions only. Safeway employees called for a tow-truck driver to get the Toyota Camry off the stairs. When the tow truck attempted to remove the car, the cable connecting the car to the tow truck snapped. The car then slid forward into a city trash can, pushing it off its bolts–though luckily, no one was hurt in this incident. According to News, the driver was identified as Fred and had been driving with the company for less than a year. He stood firm on his story of blaming the Uber app’s directions. Clearly, the app needs some work, right?