Maryland MVA Drops Parallel Parking From Driver’s Test

News — May 20, 2015 at 4:13 pm by

As of yesterday, parallel parking is no longer featured on Maryland’s driver’s test. Parallel parking will still be taught in driving schools, but the MVA feels that it no longer needs to be included on the test because it’s already covered by similar driving maneuvers. From Montgomery Community Media: “According to Buel Young, spokesperson for the MVA, the administration determined that completing a two-point turn and backing up are similar enough to parallel parking to eliminate the parking element from the test.”


Where the hell was this 10 years ago? The first time I took my driver’s test, I panicked while parallel parking and crushed a cone like a total slapdick. The worst part was that there was a big group of kids with their parents waiting behind me to take the test. When I failed, the administrator made me get out of the car and trade seats with him, so he could drive me through the rest of the course. Needless to say, blowing the test and having to walk around the car in front of all these people was super fucking embarrassing. Despite this mortifying parallel parking experience, I still think this is a dumb decision. Parallel parking might be irrelevant in the suburbs, but it’s an important skill to have in busy urban areas. Just when I thought jackass teenagers couldn’t get any softer, they get this gift dropped into thier laps. Shaking my God damn head.

via Baltimore Business Journal & Montgomery Community Media
cover pic: ABC Driver Education

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