VIDEO: New Zealand driver makes 150 point turn to exit parking lot

“Why is she turning THAT way?” Mind-boggling moment driver makes a ‘150-point turn’ instead of backing out of a parking lot at a New Zealand shopping center

  • Mark Barnes enjoyed a milkshake with his son in Queenstown, New Zealand
  • He filmed a woman making a ‘150 point turn’ to exit a parking lot
  • The woman spent up to four minutes completing the complicated maneuver


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A driver has been ridiculed online after images were shared of their misguided attempts to exit a parking lot by performing a ‘150-point turn’ at a New Zealand shopping center.

The driver, driving an outdated Toyota Previa MPV, took more than three minutes to leave the room by turning forward and back, rather than simply backing up and driving away.

The footage was filmed by Mark Barnes having a milkshake with his son at Five Mile Shopping Center in Queenstown on July 27.

The woman drove a Toyota Previa MPV at the Five Mile Shopping Center in Queenstown, New Zealand, on July 27

The woman drove a Toyota Previa MPV at the Five Mile Shopping Center in Queenstown, New Zealand, on July 27

Instead of backing out of the parking space, the woman decided to turn around and drive away

Instead of backing out of the parking space, the woman decided to turn around and drive away

Instead of backing out of the parking space, the woman decided to turn around and drive away

Social media users praised her skill at managing the maneuver but wondered why she did it in the first place

Social media users praised her skill at managing the maneuver but wondered why she did it in the first place

Social media users praised her skill at managing the maneuver but wondered why she did it in the first place

Annoying footage shows the gray passenger car almost scraping against the trolley track next door as the woman tried but failed to back up straight.

Mr Barnes, 50, watched as the driver, instead of just straightening her vehicle, made a long series of mini-turns across two parking spaces.

Incredibly, after nearly four minutes of careful maneuvering, the gray car managed to pull away without hitting the trolley bay or a black 4×4 parked just two parking spaces away.

Mr Barnes, who works in security, said: ‘I thought ‘I can’t believe what I’m seeing’. It reminded me of the Austin Powers scene where he gets stuck in the hallway.

“We got a shock and I saw a lady trying to get out of a parking lot. She had already made five attempts to get out.

‘I started filming because I couldn’t believe what she was doing. As she tried to back up, she came closer and closer to the barrier in front of the shopping cart.

After almost four minutes the car was able to drive away without further problems

After almost four minutes the car was able to drive away without further problems

After almost four minutes the car was able to drive away without further problems

“There was a free space next to her and then the black truck. Overall, she did a great job of coming out the way she did.”

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

One viewer said, “I was backing out of parking garages the wrong way all this time. I have to make a 150 point turn.’

Another admitted: “Actually, besides being totally illogical, it was quite an impressive effort.”

A third added, “I’ve never seen so much and so little skill at once.”

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