They should be making tests harder, not easier. I have no idea how half of this city have their licenses - apart from the ones who bribed the driving instructor of course. Biggest issue here anyway seems to be a complete lack of awareness of what is going on around people and there needs to be a greater focus on that in the driving schools. I drive a pick up and it is amazing how many people appear to totally not be able to see my vehicle.
IMO a driver needs an all round competence to handle a vehicle in any possible situation and that includes parallel parking, or just parking in general. Here anyway I believe the most claims are from parking lots. These back up cameras are also creating incompetent drivers. We have aviation threads on too much automation in the cockpit and pilots cant hand fly in an emergency any more. Its the same in cars. Virtually everyone I know who has these cameras can no longer park a different vehicle which does not have one, though they could before. Then its raining and there are rain drops on the camera. Have to get out and clean it before they can park...
|Quoting DocLightning (Reply 6):|
Parallel parking means that you wear your vehicle like a garment. You know where the bumpers are, you know where the wheels are, you know where the car is going. That all contributes to overall safety.
And not only parking. People with their nose against the windshield so they cant turn the wheel in an emergency. People gripping onto the steering wheel as if it costs a bazillion bucks and someone is trying to wrench it out of your grasp... you need to be comfortable with your vehicle.
|Quoting Mir (Reply 5):|
If you don't know how to parallel park, you shouldn't be on the road. It's not that difficult.
|Quoting KiwiRob (Reply 30):|
Because sometimes they might just have to drive somewhere where they have to parallel park.
What are you going to do, ask someone else to park it for you? I wont let my wife drive my truck because she cant park it, it is dangerous to herself and everyone else.
A lot of people do not. OK
, I have big mirrors, but its a no brainer to back in. When you come out you can see where you are going. In the UK its a law you must back in to a driveway on an arterial road.
|Quoting msptpa (Reply 18):|
In the MSP area people are known for not merging well. They really like to do the as mentioned, go down/up the on ramp to slow.
Yep, also we have a a right turn lane just by my place I use every day, its not a highway, just a main road, but there is no solid white line or yield sign, you are supposed to merge in, but its incredible how many totally stop. I blast them with my horn until they move, or generally just drive round them and they look at me as if I had ten heads or the Maple Leafs made the play offs...
One other thing that annoys me is that I like to keep a decent braking distance, particularly when it is wet as a truck needs more time to stop. People dart into that space all the time and cause me to brake hard. I will then be an ass and put my full beams on.... but doing that to a semi is also pretty common and its just stupidity and IMO in many case the rear end rule needs to be worse case more subject to circumstances rather than default 100% at fault.