News America 2015...If People Keep Failing A Test, Get Rid Of The Tough Part!

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  1. HS Cult Leader

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    Maryland removes parallel parking from driving test, sparking safety concerns

    Published May 31, 2015

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    FILE: Undated: Vehicles parallel parked along a U.S. street. (AP)

    Maryland has become the most recent state to drop the parallel-parking requirement from its road test, sparking debate about whether the next generation of motorists will be adequately prepared to safely navigate streets.

    Buel Young, a Maryland Motor Vehicles Administration spokesman, said the requirement was officially removed May 19 after state officials had determined the maneuvers and skills required to parallel park -- which include backing up, using mirrors and depth perception -- were already being evaluated in other parts of the test.

    However, the decision, which follows similar ones reportedly in California, Florida, Virginia and the District of Columbia, is raising concerns among such groups as AAA Mid-Atlantic.

    “If you’re driving in a major city, you have to know how to parallel park,” group spokesman John Townsend said Saturday, pointing out that the District has 17,000 metered, curb-side parking spots. “We don’t all go to the shopping mall.”

    Townsend also said the parking part of the tryout most "terrified” him and countless other teens, which made everybody practice intensely. And it was a great test of eye-hand coordination, he argued.

    Private driving coaches and others have speculated that Maryland ended the parking requirement because too many teens were flunking that part, which resulted in long waits to take the test because so many applicants were reapplying.

    The MVA has been trying to shorten the wait. However, Young told The Baltimore Sun that he was unaware of a connection between that effort and ending the parking requirement. And he declined to speculate on whether the change will reduce the time required to take the test.

    "We don't have any data right now because we just instituted” the change, he told the newspaper.

    USA Today reports at least a dozen other states -- including Illinois, North Carolina and Oregon -- don't test parallel parking.

    Officials say the parking requirement in D.C. test has not been permanently removed, despite a failure to test the skill set for several years.

    Young says parallel parking will continue to be a teaching requirement in state-controlled driver's education courses in Maryland.


     
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    Well the good news is most of these unskilled hipster douchebags can't afford a car anyhow.
     
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    RumBalls The original RumBalls, est. Jan 16, 2012

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    I dont get all the didficulty with parallel parking

    It's not that hard once you understand a few basic principles
     
  4. Jayla

    Jayla Ou ai-je l'esprit? Gold

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    I am your Grasshopper. Teach me. Cuz I still can't do it.
     
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    Pull up parallel to the car in front of the empty space.
    Leave about four feet of space between you and the parked car.
    Back straight up until your right side windshield post is even with the parked car's rear bumper.
    Cut the wheel sharply to back in to spot.
    Cut the wheel the other way once you see your front bumper will clear the parked car's rear bumper.
    Pull forward to straighten out your car.
    You have just parallel parked.
     
  6. Jayla

    Jayla Ou ai-je l'esprit? Gold

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    Yeah, yeah. :)
     
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    i once had a neighboor who had a daughter who was maybe the worst driver in the world. If she missed her driveway, rather than backing up, she had to go around the block to try again. I don't know how she past the test.
     
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    I drive a pickup truck and a van.
    If it makes you feel any better, it always sucks and I hate it.
     
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    Are you kidding me with this?! :facepalm:

    JFTR, I'm an awesome parallel parker :up:
     
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    Anyone not taking a drivers test that involves parallel parking should be issued licenses that only allow them to drive smart cars....
     
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    That's why I have a car that is smarter than me!
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    More dumbing down of educational requirements.:bounce:
     
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    Just because you fail does not mean they should remove it. You can fail the parking part and still get your license. When I got my license to pass it was on a driving course without a curb. You had to pull the car in between two cones in a few turns and be six inches from the edge. When I took it the lady said "congratulations you failed parking". You should still have to show the ability to somewhat back a car into a space even if it's several turns. I taught my sister to drive when I was 17 and she was 21 and she's a klutz and passed on her first try.

    If you don't want to parallel park move to Broward county Florida there is little to no street parking here. I think I parallel parked once or twice in 7 years. Most streets don't' have curbs or sidewalks here.
     
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    Is parallel parking now "culturally skewed"?
     
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    :lol:
     
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    most ppl cant(or dont care to) drive properly anyways, regardless of whats on a test
     
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    But the bad news is Daddy Warbucks just buys Marky Millenial the car for him.
     
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    Almost all DC has is street and parallel parking, so good luck drivers who can't do it
     
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