3000 word RBI on why I should back my vehicle into a parking spot
Here is what happened. I pv2 stein was on patrol in Schweinfurt Germany on 19 April 2010. I went to work at 1345 like usual for a swing shift. We started guard mount and then we went out to PMCS our vehicles as we always do. I had vehicle 753 for the day so I started my PMCS on that vehicle. I started by checking all of the fluids in the vehicle. I checked all the fluids including the oil and windshield washer fluid. Everything was fine with the fluids so I moved onto the next part. I walked around and got into the vehicle to check all of the damage to the interior of it. There were minor scratches to the interior including the door panels, the seats, and the center console as well as the dashboard. I marked all of this on my pmcs sheet and then moved onto the next step which is the exterior of the vehicle. I started on the back side of the driver’s side of the vehicle. I noted a few minor scratches and marks on the vehicle as I made a complete 360 degree walk around the vehicle like I am supposed to. There was no major damaged on the vehicle that I noticed on my 360 degree walk around the vehicle so I got inside the vehicle and made sure all of the lights and emergency lights and sirens worked on it like usual. I then started the vehicle to make sure the navigation system worked. It did so I annotated all of the damage to vehicle in my pmcs sheet and then signed it on the front. I turned it into my patrol sup and then got a weapon so I was ready to go in service. I then went in service and made my way over to Askren Manor and parked behind the commissary in between a yellow dumpster and a green TMP van. I backed my vehicle into the parking spot with at least a parking spot in between each object on each side of my vehicle. I then got out and completed a walking patrol for approximately 30 minutes. After I completed a walking patrol I made my way over to Ledward Barracks and started a mobile patrol. I did a mobile patrol for about 15 minutes and then requested permission from the desk sergeant to go to Burger King on Conn barracks for chow. I was granted permission so I headed over to Burger King. I arrived at Burger King about 15 minutes later and parked my vehicle next to a fence and the sidewalk. The parking spot next to me was empty so I thought it would be okay to just pull into the parking spot forward instead of backing my vehicle in like I am supposed to. There was a huge mistake in itself. What I didn’t know was that during the ten minutes I was inside burger king something bad would happen to my vehicle. I walked out of Burger King ten minutes later and attempted to walk around the vehicle to get in. Right when I was next to the vehicle I noticed some damage on the driver’s side rear corner of my vehicle. I then realized the mistake that I had just made. I should have never even thought about parking my vehicle without backing it in. What happened to my vehicle could have been prevented just by doing that. Apparently when I was inside burger king someone backed into the rear driver’s side corner of my vehicle and took off. That sounds so stupid but it is the truth. There is other reasons why it is important to back your patrol vehicle into a parking spot but let me hit on this reason for a little bit longer. Let’s say that I parked my vehicle into that spot in a forward manner in which I did, and I had a call while I was inside of the Burger King and I had to hurry up and get out of Burger King and to the call. I would have to go through the trouble of backing out of the parking spot I was in and maybe causing an accident because I was trying to hurry up. Instead of doing what I did and parking the vehicle in the correct manner (backing it in) I parked the wrong way and pulled in forward. I have now realized that parking my vehicle is pretty important in my job field. I am a Military Police Officer and I should always be doing the right thing...
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