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    Quote Originally Posted by munchkin275 View Post
    When I got my license which was 10+ years ago now in SA it was a requirement that you had to be able to demonstrate that you could drive and understand the road rules but also park a car in all situations, normal carpark, reverse parallel and reverse angle parking. I actually failed my first test because I couldn't reverse parallel park due to nerves. I find it strange that these are no longer pass or fail aspects of the test when getting your provisional license.

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    In nsw you're asked to parallel park or 3pt turn then park in the bay at centre carpark. As long as you get inbetween the lines you pass. I was surprised I passed as I hesitated a few times but tester said much better be cautious than fast

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    I can forgive bad parkers... so many people don't know how to use round abouts and they should have their licence taken off them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by harvs View Post
    So how are you supposed to gain experience and skill (and no it *isn't* pretty simple to master for all people, as some posters have attempted to explain) if you aren't even supposed to be on the road driving? That makes no sense.

    And being an imperfect parker doesn't automatically mean being an unsafe driver.

    I'd much rather be an imperfect parker than someone who speeds, tailgates, drink drives, texts while driving etc. I think those people are much more of a danger and annoyance to the community.

    Some of these comments are pretty harsh IMO. I can how it's annoying but it's really not the worst thing that can happen on the roads. And there's a difference between people that don't give a toss and those that do their best as well.
    I was thinking about that should we be on the road comment and truth is I drive as infrequently as possible. I order food online and walk kids to school etc. I am not getting enough experience to gain confidence as the whole ordeal of trying to park under pressure is magnified when I read these threads and all the judgemental comments. Makes me want to move back to London where most people walk or use public transport.

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    I agree, the amount of full licensed people who don't know the road rules or don't regard road rules terrify me sometimes, no idea about round about rules or right of way, tailgating, overtaking without leaving enough room at the front of your car, turning into traffic and not leaving enough room etc. Parking badly is annoying, but it isn't anywhere near as dangerous as a risk taking driver. I live regional - and the amount of trucks and semis who get up your **** at night on the highway is a joke - and terribly dangerous, I had one about 20 cms from the back of my car when we were doing 100 on the highway - so dangerous.

    Quote Originally Posted by Maxwell's Silver Hammer View Post
    I can forgive bad parkers... so many people don't know how to use round abouts and they should have their licence taken off them.

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    And on the topic of bad parking...i hate when people don't park uniform to others so they reverse into a park when everyone else is nose in so their mirrors obstruct doors opening on both sides of them rendering the back seat inaccessible.😠

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    Quote Originally Posted by beebs View Post
    I agree, the amount of full licensed people who don't know the road rules or don't regard road rules terrify me sometimes, no idea about round about rules or right of way, tailgating, overtaking without leaving enough room at the front of your car, turning into traffic and not leaving enough room etc. Parking badly is annoying, but it isn't anywhere near as dangerous as a risk taking driver. I live regional - and the amount of trucks and semis who get up your **** at night on the highway is a joke - and terribly dangerous, I had one about 20 cms from the back of my car when we were doing 100 on the highway - so dangerous.
    There are some instances where bad parking can be dangerous, eg if they're parked up on a footpath so you have to walk on the road to get around. But I certainly see far more instances of dangerous driving than I do of dangerous parking. I see lots of bad parking, but it's more inconvenient than dangerous.

    This thread has actually helped me put this into perspective. I would get all ragey when someone would park up against me so I couldn't get DS in & out properly, or if they we're over the line, etc. But I guess that's not so bad in the grand scheme of things. It's also made think about giving the benefit of the doubt to bad parkers too, that maybe the person next to them was parked badly (domino effect), or maybe they really tried hard, but got all flustered under pressure. I'll be more forgiving in future.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maxwell's Silver Hammer View Post
    And on the topic of bad parking...i hate when people don't park uniform to others so they reverse into a park when everyone else is nose in so their mirrors obstruct doors opening on both sides of them rendering the back seat inaccessible.
    I've never ever noticed this as a problem...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maxwell's Silver Hammer View Post
    And on the topic of bad parking...i hate when people don't park uniform to others so they reverse into a park when everyone else is nose in so their mirrors obstruct doors opening on both sides of them rendering the back seat inaccessible.😠
    I never seen that as problem and certainly would not call it bad parking if they are in the lines.

    Different cars have mirrors at different distances from the front of the car. I think it would be totally random to be a problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maxwell's Silver Hammer View Post
    And on the topic of bad parking...i hate when people don't park uniform to others so they reverse into a park when everyone else is nose in so their mirrors obstruct doors opening on both sides of them rendering the back seat inaccessible.😠
    The correct way to park is in reverse but some ppl don't know how to...
    I certainly won't start parking driving in just to do the same as my neighbors!

    Statistics show that you get more "accidents" when parking driving in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ExcuseMyFrench View Post
    The correct way to park is in reverse but some ppl don't know how to...
    I certainly won't start parking driving in just to do the same as my neighbors!

    Statistics show that you get more "accidents" when parking driving in.
    Here the standard is parking in. It is what is taught in driving tests and is even in the Learners test and log book.


 

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