VIDEO: Driver performs 150-point turn to leave parking space

‘Why is she turning THAT way?’ Baffling moment driver does a ’150-point turn’ instead of reversing out of parking space at a shopping centre in New Zealand

  • Mark Barnes was enjoying a milkshake with his son in Queenstown, New Zealand
  • He filmed a woman perform a ‘150-point turn’ to exit a parking space 
  • The woman spent up to four minutes completing the complicated manoeuvre 

A driver attempting to leave a New Zealand shopping centre has been ridiculed online over their misguided attempt to leave a parking space by performing a ‘150-point turn’. 

The motorist, who was driving an aging Toyota Previa MPV, took more than three minutes to exit the parking space by turning around using forward and reverse gears, instead of backing out and driving off. 

The footage was filmed by Mark Barnes was getting a milkshake with his son at Five Mile Shopping Centre in Queenstown, New Zealand, on July 27 when he spotted a woman failing to move her van out of a bay. 

The woman was driving a Toyota Previa MPV at the Five Mile Shopping Centre in Queenstown, New Zealand, on July 27

Instead of reversing out of the parking bay, the woman decides to turn around and drive out

Social media users praised her skill in managing the manoeuvre but questioned why she did it in the first place

Exasperating footage shows the grey people carrier almost scraping against the trolley bay next to it as the woman tried but failed to reverse straight out. 

Mr Barnes, 50, watched on as instead of just straightening her vehicle, the driver then performed a never-ending series of mini turns across two parking spaces.

 Incredibly after almost four minutes of careful manoeuvring, the grey car managed to drive off having not hit the trolley bay or a black 4×4 just two spaces over.

Mr Barnes, who works in security, said: ‘I was thinking “I can’t believe what I’m watching”. It reminded me of the Austin Powers scene where he gets stuck turning in the hallway. 

‘We were getting a shake and I noticed a lady trying to get out of a parking space. She had already made five attempts to get out. 

‘I started filming cause I couldn’t believe what she was doing. When she was trying to reverse out she kept getting closer and closer to the shopping cart barrier. 

After almost four minutes, the car was able to drive off without any further problems 

‘There was one free space next to her and then the black truck. Overall she did a great job getting out the way she did.’

Mr Barnes’ video has been viewed more than 228,000 times.

One person said: ‘Actually, besides being totally illogical, it was quite an impressive effort.’ 

One commenter said: ‘I’ve never seen so much and so little skill at the same time.’

Another added: ‘I’ve been reversing out of car parks wrong all this time. I need to do a 150 point turn.’

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