Chief Free Electron Relocator
How in the world did it put itself into reverse? That seems like a pretty big deal... and warrants investigation / repair.
It's strange because I trained myself 40 years ago to stop, put the vehicle in Park, release the brake pedal..... and then pause.... before opening the door. That way, if I'm not truly in Park, I should start rolling. Which I didn't. I had time to get out, walk over to the van, get in, back it up, realize that I'm not lined up with the drive, pull forward, then start backing up again, all before the truck started to move.
And if my driveway was wide enough to fit two cars, but can't get in or out the doors, I'd either park them in diagonals (one front left, the other back right) so I can get either out without moving the other and the doors aren't blocked, or I'd back in the one on the right so each drivers doors faces outward.
I absolutely despise jockeying the van to get to the SL. If I could avoid it through clever parking, I most surely would.
Trust me... I've tried to park side-by-side. However, although I have the ability to do so, one vehicle must be so close to the house and the other so close to it that I can't open the door to get in/out that it requires moving the other vehicle anyway. I have to room on the other side of the driveway to work with as it's the property line.
My neighbor says the previous owner was able to park side-by-side, but he had compact cars which were short enough to stagger so the door of one car cleared the bumper of the other. Although this is a Ranger and not a 'full size' pickup, it's an extended cab. And the van is an E250. So their physical size alone precludes any other arrangement but bumper-to-bumper.
As horrible as it may seem, in the grand scheme of life it's really not going to be the end of days.