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Old 04-02-2013, 10:01 PM
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I am just flabbergasted by people not parallel parking...how can you (general you, directed at no one in particular) never need it?? I mean I can see some areas not using it but if you ever travel or go to different neighborhoods you will have to know how to do it and trying to learn on a busy road while late for an appt and people waiting impatiently for you to get out of the way is not a good learning situation lol.
I've never needed it. The only times I've ever parallel parked were when I was practicing for my drivers test! And since it's been... 4 or 5 years? Since I've taken that... well, I'm pretty sure if I were to get in my car right now and give it a shot, I'd probably be just as awful as if I'd never done it before lol. Or maybe I'd be better at it since I have more experience driving in general. I don't know.

If I'm in the city and the place I'm going to only has on street parking (which is again a rarity for me), I choose to park in spots that are big enough for me to swing into without having to do silly maneuvering.

I can see it being a bigger deal in areas where it's needed more. I've just never been somewhere where I've needed to parallel park.
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Old 04-03-2013, 12:08 AM
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I'm taking my drivers test tomorrow. I'm so nervous!! What should I expect?What kinds of things will they ask me? I'm freaking out a little bit..lol!
Shoot it's been so long since I took mine (16, I am 30 now) that I don't remember much lol, but the written part is the easy part. It's basically what the different signs mean & how to negotiate a four way stop & whatever.

The practical part is the nervy part ... I failed that the first time & had to take it again ... Luckily the second time I got a stoner instructor that didn't give a crap & passed me anyway (I still tried to get a good job tho).

Good luck

Why do we need parallel parking again? I mean I can do it & I am pretty good at it but... We have cars that parallel park themselves now :/
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Old 04-03-2013, 12:26 AM
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I was lucky...I took Driver's Ed in high school as a class, and they administered the 'test' and a certificate themselves. I passed, all was fine.

Parallel parking...I don't feel comfortable if the spot is tiny and on an uber busy road, I try to avoid it. I can do it if the spot is generous and I have time.
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Old 04-03-2013, 05:14 AM
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I have taught all 3 of my kids to drive and all of them passed the first time. I think maybe if depends on where you are from, because I very rarely hear of anyone failing their drivers test around here. If you are under 18 you have to take a drivers ed course and have so many class room hours and so many home hours. Personally I think it's just a way for the state to get ther $600 plus
from each kid but whatever. I have used my paralled parking skills quite a few times through the years and I don't live in a city. Once you do it 2 or 3 times, it is a piece of cake.
Good Luck, remember to relax and buckle up. (best to leave your cell phone at home too)
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Old 04-03-2013, 05:57 AM
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Good luck today!

Everyone I knew failed the first time, so going in I was a giant ball of nerves... but I passed!!! I also hadn't ever parallel parked a car until the morning of and I was in a borrowed station wagon bc my small hatchback was standard(and I was advised to use automatic on the test).

Just remember to drive like an old grandma: obey all signs/rules and always pay attention to what is going on around you-you want to see a potential problem before it becomes one.

But I'm sure you'll do fine. :-) It's nice getting your freedom, but driving gets old quick. I hate doing it now. LOL.
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Old 04-03-2013, 06:28 AM
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Thanks everyone I'm about to leave! It could be a while til I have news because I am going in for a walk-in and they squeeze walk-ins between the scheduled tests. So I don't know what time my test is, I'm just getting there when they open. I'm going a bit early to drive around the area a bit before the test, so I can see the area and the speed limits, etc. I'm pretty nervous but I think I'll be fine, even if I don't pass it. I'm trying to be really calm today.
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Old 04-03-2013, 07:42 AM
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Good luck!!!!!!

My twin brother & I took our tests the same day, our 16th birthday.

We both failed & came home to a surprise bday party --- it was the worst birthday ever but I did feel better that we both failed (I hadn't known of anyone else failing!!)

Our test started with different parking scenarios and if you passed you were able to go on the road.

The road part was probably 20 minutes, driving around town (with my mom in the backseat!), answering questions such as "what would you do right now if a car was in your lane coming straight toward you?".

I had 2 automatic fails - going 5mph over the speed limit -- they asked me at the last second to turn left at a light, I checked behind me and saw a lot of cars in the lane so I sped up briefly to get in front. The other fail was turning left at a really wide intersection and I corrected myself before I ran into the tiny cement median. "unsafe situation".

My brother was turning left at a light & turned before the oncoming traffic.

I was crushed and had to wait 2 months until I could try again.
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Old 04-03-2013, 08:11 AM
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Do some people not take their driving tests on the road?

I got stuck in traffic on the Autobahn for like 45 minutes. It was great, since the test only goes for 45 minutes.
I didn't have to p.-park, but I got asked questions like how think do the profiles of your tires have to be, and how do you check if the are fine. How do you know what kind of gas your car takes ect. ect.
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Old 04-03-2013, 10:03 AM
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Old 04-03-2013, 12:15 PM
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I passed!! Thanks so much you guys! The test was really easy, the guy was really nice, and there was no parallel parking but I practiced quite a bit and its actually not very hard lol!
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