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Old 03-26-2017, 06:22 PM
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Making a u turn next to wall

If i was parked along a wall fairly close to it, and tried to make a U turn from that position, would the tail end hit the wall while trying to do that U turn?

Does it depend on the length of the car from behind the rear wheels?

Strange question im sorry lol just something thats been bugging me
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Old 03-26-2017, 07:32 PM
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I'm assuming you are not talking about doing a U-turn in reverse.

It very much depends on the length of the vehicle in back of the back axle (and the turning radius of the vehicle). On a Fit, the back wheel is really close to the back end, so you would have to be extremely close to the wall or whatever to hit it while turning away. You would certainly be too close to easily open a door on that side, and possibly closer than the mirror sticks out.

This is perhaps most easily visualized by realizing that the axles of the car have to all be on radii of the turning circle; most germane here is the rear axle, which is of course fixed crosswise and not steered. The part of the vehicle sticking out behind the rear wheel is outside the radius described by the back wheel when turning, and by however far this is it swings beyond the plane of that tire.

With a vehicle that has a long rear overhang, such as a box truck or (many) motorhomes, the tail can swing out a few feet further than the edge of the vehicle before the turn, and this is indeed something that has to be watched for when maneuvering in tight quarters such as gas stations or parking lots.
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Old 03-28-2017, 06:09 PM
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You can test this in a empty parking lot with cones...
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Old 03-28-2017, 09:40 PM
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Or just park on a line, turn the wheel and drive a foot or two. Then get out and look at the car/line.
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Old 03-29-2017, 05:24 PM
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if you mean to be at full turn form the get go...lets say the wall is on the passenger side and you're full locked to turn'd be more or less pivoting off the driver rear tire. Would have to measure and do some geometry...need to know how close you are to this wall....obviously can't be closer than the thickness of the folded side view mirror.

Also which Fit are we talking? GD, GE, GK? I think the GD has a shorter rear end so may be fine...GE might catch.
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Old 05-09-2017, 12:31 PM
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Look when you intend to make a u turn. You will find out fairly quickly.
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Old 05-23-2017, 07:54 AM
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this reminds me of a youtube vid of a bus's rear end breaking off an exotic car's door while the guy was trying to get out of his ride..and bus made a turn next to him..
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Old 05-23-2017, 12:30 PM
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He caught a
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Old 05-29-2017, 08:45 PM
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lol'ed! wow that must've been pretty scary for the civic driver.
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