Reddit: Debate erupts over photo of car blocking driveway on Christmas Eve

A reckless motorist’s parking law on Christmas Eve has sparked outrage online – but others have insisted it’s not as bad as it looks.

A Melbourne Reddit user sparked a heated debate after posting a photo of a car partially blocking their driveway on the r/wellthatsucks forum.

“Someone parked across our driveway and we can’t get the car out on Christmas Eve,” wrote user asomek.

The photo showed the car’s rear wheels slightly forward of the edge of the narrow driveway, but the rear of the vehicle was sticking out, blocking part of the driveway.

The post attracted nearly 1,400 comments, with most suggesting the resident called a tow truck — or worse.

“There are many options, many of which are even legal,” said one person.

“Where I am, if your vehicle is blocking any part of my driveway, I can call the city and have them tow your vehicle at your expense,” said another.

“Yes. Tow the car away immediately. It’s illegal to block such entrances anywhere,” agreed a third.

But several users argued that a car could fit through.

“That looks like it’s about the size of a car width,” said one.

“Yes. You can do it,” wrote a second.

“As someone with an almost identical driveway in Chicago and a large work pickup, I don’t see what they’re complaining about. Might be like a seven point corner but if you can’t get out there then you’re bad at driving,” added another.

But the original poster insisted, “It’s not. Also, a trailer was parked right across the street, so I couldn’t turn off anyway. It’s a narrow street.”

A user did everything possible to analyze the situation.

“It sure is close,” they wrote.

“Victoria license plate length: 14.6 inches, average car width: 69.6 inches

“We can conclude from the image that each brick has a shorter length than the license plate.

“Due to the viewing angle, having the equivalent of 7-8 brick lengths between the two vehicles is visually ambiguous. This would give a highly unlikely maximum at 116.8 inches.

“Assuming each brick is 75 percent of the license plate length (10.95 inches) and there are eight brick lengths, we’ve already dropped to a maximum of 87.6, leaving an 18 inch margin from the average.

“If there’s only seven brick lengths of space between cars, that number drops to 76.65 and a 7.05 range from the average. That’s just over 3.5 inches on either side.

“In any case, at best we are talking about precise driving and the risk of damaging 1-3 vehicles trying to get out, assuming there is room for it. Then you also have to consider that with the camper position, perpendicular to the exit, there may not be room to turn, or turn without risk of damaging 1-3 vehicles.

“If you had the vehicle specs for each of the vehicles visible, you could probably land at a nearly exact distance between the two vehicles on either side of the driveway, and then you would only need the width of the vehicle present to determine if it was physically possible, from which the risks could then be derived.

“But yes, towing or driving lawns.”

One person replied, “Found the engineer.”

However, the whole story ended somewhat disappointingly.

“On Christmas Eve we didn’t think calling a tow truck would do anything,” the original poster wrote.

“They eventually left.”

Originally Posted as ‘Can’t Get Out’: Controversy erupts over photo of car blocking driveway on Christmas Eve

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