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Posted 1/17/15
It's a basic driving skill that everyone should be able to do. If I can parallel park my dually with a trailer without an issue, you should be able to parallel park that cute little car. Parking a pickup with a trailer is a hell of a lot easier than backing up a truck with a 53' reefer, or worse yet a set of doubles.
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Posted 1/17/15

lilliputian_otaku wrote:

It's a basic driving skill that everyone should be able to do. If I can parallel park my dually with a trailer without an issue, you should be able to parallel park that cute little car. Parking a pickup with a trailer is a hell of a lot easier than backing up a truck with a 53' reefer, or worse yet a set of doubles.


Doubles, *cringes* I can parallel park a 30 foot box, just not well advised since how our rescue truck is configured, each side pokes out 2 feet from the outer edge of the tires. Compared to driving that, parallel parking my SUV or even better, my sister's little Mini is a walk in the park.
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TeeBuddy2 wrote:

Yes.
Don't they require you to know before you take the driving test? Well, in California, I had to learn it as part of my behind-the-wheel course, and got tested on it during my test.


just because they require you to do it for a driving test doesn't mean people have to do it on a daily basis thus they forget/ can't do it anymore out of lack of using that ability


^ This. I was actually tested on parallel parking even though the need to actually do so was a rarity in the area. (He had me drive around downtown till we actually found a parking space that would require doing so.) I've had to parallel park perhaps five times in total in the years since.

Generally, if I'm driving to a more urban area where parallel parking is going to be necessary I'll put the car in a garage and walk or take public transit. It also gives me the added bonus of blaming the T if I'm late.
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yea, same goes for me, I had to parallel park once for my driving test and there is no where I ever need to parallel park and if I had to I wouldn't have to really because theres usually plenty of open space in those parallel parking lanes to park so that if I really had to I could just pull up into it without worrying about other vehicles
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Posted 1/18/15
I used to be pretty good at it. Since I don't really have to do it much anymore, I've gotten to be mediocre at it.

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I can perpendicular park and that's good enough.
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I hate parallel parking with a passion. I try to avoid it as much as I can. If I have to, I guess I'll just suck it up.
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Its easy once you learn the trick. You have to know the right time and place to begin turning.
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I hope everyones answer here is yes. 'Cause if your answer is no and you have a license in the States....then....... that makes me really question the integrity of the DMV in giving people driving licenses these days.....


I may not be good at it either... but atleast i can say I know how.
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I hate the initial part especially when there's traffic right behind you. People have no patience, even if you already turned the hazard signal earlier to alert people behind that you're going to parallel park.
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Posted 1/18/15
I used to.
Do you know how to double park?
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Parallel parking is an essential driving skill in the UK. You'd have to learn to do it very quickly or you'll find yourself driving way out your way just to park up.



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Posted 1/18/15
Getting a parking spot is hard in my apartment, so I sometimes have to settle for parallel parking. The trick is to knowing when to straighten out. I find it helps if you turn and look back on your left. Gives you a good idea how far back you can go and helps to judge where that back wheel is relative to the curb.
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I am just starting to get the hang of regular driving here, as a late bloomer, but no, I haven't parallel parked yet. Last time my sister tried to do it, she hit her car with my car. luckily neither obtained extensive damage, barely any damage at all, in fact. Thank god for that.

EDIT: Yep, now I do. I practiced repeatedly before my test, ended up passing with stellar scores on that portion of my test. Luckily, i passed the rest as well, and am now a licensed driver. They give you a lot of space during the test, though. I practiced with two rather tight structures made of like, PVC pipe or something, an idea that my engineer dad came up with, I was really frustrated with parallel parking at first, but gradually I began to ease into the feel of it. Personally, though, it would be preferable if I didn't have to parallel park for a long, looong time, or frequently, for that matter..
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Posted 2/24/15
Yup....
When I worked in downtown Seattle I was rather good at it.... nowdays... not so much.

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