The downsides of renting a large and nice car abroad is trying to get out of tight awkward places.
When I parked in the hotel garage in Gijón I had a feeling things would be challenging. All the spaces were narrow but I parked anyway. There was no car next to me but the other side was two large columns.
However there was a handicap spot behind me or I could pull forward if I needed some space to get out.
Well the worst scenario happened when I tried to finally leave Gijón: the car next to me is parked closely, the handicap space behind me is occupied and someone is parked in front of me (not a real space).
All my contingency plans have been thwarted. I am in a real tight situation.
So I start the long process to shimmy out of my space. The car has a good system of letting you know before you are about to hit something. But the alarm is too sensitive. I need to get close if I am ever getting out of the space.
I back up, I pull forward a couple inches. I back up. It continues. I get frustrated and get out of the car and flick a bird at car next to me, at the car in front of me, at car behind me, and at the columns. So many columns.
I get back in and I am getting very close to getting out when a man comes over to “help” guide me. I am just about out now but thanks?
Finally I am out with no car injury and glad to get out of this garage. I really should have parked in that surface paid lot instead.