Parallel parking is easy

Yishan Wong, via Kottke.
...you think you are too close, or have too much of an angle, and you lose your nerve and you stop following the directions and you turn your wheel not enough or too early or while you're still moving backwards. Don't do those things. Parallel parking is a precise mechanical formula that works every time, and all you need in order to be an "expert" is to follow the directions exactly.

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  1. daneel says:

    US test (WA state, anyway) is actually pretty similar to UK, theory based computer test thingy and a drive around plus a couple of reversing manoeuvres. I did get told by the examiner that my reverse around the corner was in his all time top 5 worst - but I still passed smile

  2. Except with these instructions you'd fail^H^H^H^Hbe marked down in the UK for excessive wear upon your tyres.

    You should only be turning the wheel while the car is moving - in which case being stopped and going from centre to full lock or full lock to centre is a no-no.

  3. xzzy says:

    Pretty much. Majority of my problems with parallel parking come from the people around me. They rarely understand that me coming to a stop in front of an empty space with my blinker on means I want to park. They instead interpret it as me deliberately blocking their path and creep up on my bumper with the horn blaring.

    It's a little better in dense cities where people are more used to what's going on, but in the suburbs there are vast swaths of people who have never seen a parallel park in person and lose their shit.

    "You already passed the empty spot, how could you possibly be trying to park in it?!"

  4. That's why I do all my parallel parking like this

    It does lead to people being upset with me for driving on the wrong side of the road, but we can't have everything.

  5. I moved to the US from England about 15 years ago. I had not until then learned to drive.

    My driving test in Hobbs, N.M.:

    1. Drive around the block and return uninjured to the DMV.
    2. Complete a written multiple choice exam, which still had the last person's answers, with passing grade, pencilled on it.

    I passed.

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