Getting a driver’s license soon after turning 16 makes most teens happy if it weren’t for one thing - having to pass the parallel parking test.
The strange thing is I haven’t used my parallel parking skills since the day I got my driver’s license which was a long time ago.
There are no emergencies I can think of that makes parallel parking necessary. I don’t have to parallel park when I go to the doctor, the dentist, the lawyer, the pharmacist, the hospital, the mall, a restaurant, the library, the grocery store, the movie, to church or much of anywhere else unless I go to downtown Olympia.
In that event I can usually find a space that I can drive into without having to parallel park even if I have to walk further to where I want to go. Unless you drive a very small car, parallel parking can be quite awkward.
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So why do kids have to show parallel parking expertise to get a license? Many states have dropped the parallel parking requirement. New York and California seem to be the only states where parallel parking is a necessity.
It seems to me that driving schools could teach the skill of parallel parking along with safe driving habits, but it does not need to be a requirement to get a driver’s license.