The world's worst parallel parking

  • beaujangle

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    Jul 08, 2014 1:09 PM GMT
    It's funny but I also feel bad for her ...

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    Jul 08, 2014 1:24 PM GMT
    The thing is that the space was, like, ginormous. And, she had the right "first stab" going and unfortunately it all went downhill from there.

    She needs to go find some empty parking lot on a weekend, go with somebody who knows parallel parking, and practice. Living in a city, parallel parking is an essential skill.
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    Jul 08, 2014 1:35 PM GMT
    lmao
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    Jul 08, 2014 3:07 PM GMT
    I actually saw a person attempting to park in a space last Thursday. I lost count of the number of attempts. In and out, backing up and going forward, over and over again. Getting out and checking, then doing it all again with no improvement. The worst part? There was nobody beside her on either side, and it wasn't parallel parking!
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    Jul 08, 2014 3:10 PM GMT
    So funny, but it also pisses me off. This is why I have to take my car to the body shop every 6 months. This is not bumper cars ladies! If you can't fucking drive, it's WORSE than driving drunk or driving while texting! Her license should be revoked until she can learn to steer a damn car.
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    Jul 08, 2014 3:15 PM GMT

    Female AND Asian! icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jul 08, 2014 3:29 PM GMT
    Pilots have to take a flight review every two years, which consists of actually flying the airplane with an instructor on board. If drivers had similar requirements, this kind of shit wouldn't happen, and we wouldn't have these funny videos to laugh at.
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    Jul 08, 2014 3:30 PM GMT
    paulflexes saidPilots have to take a flight review every two years, which consists of actually flying the airplane with an instructor on board. If drivers had similar requirements, this kind of shit wouldn't happen, and we wouldn't have these funny videos to laugh at.


    Our bumpers also wouldn't look like someone took a cheese grater them either. icon_neutral.gif
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    Jul 08, 2014 3:35 PM GMT
    Pretty shit parking lol.
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    Jul 08, 2014 3:49 PM GMT
    Scruffypup said
    paulflexes saidPilots have to take a flight review every two years, which consists of actually flying the airplane with an instructor on board. If drivers had similar requirements, this kind of shit wouldn't happen, and we wouldn't have these funny videos to laugh at.


    Our bumpers also wouldn't look like someone took a cheese grater them either. icon_neutral.gif
    Whenever I see someone's rear bumper mashed in, I tend to give them plenty of room because I assume they're very slow/stupid drivers who stop to make a right-hand turn. So far I've been right 100% of the time (when they stop to turn right), and have avoided many rear-end collisions with that mindset. Those are also the same people who can't park a Fiat in an open field without hitting something.
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    Jul 08, 2014 3:56 PM GMT
    One time I was eating lunch sitting near by some parallel parking spots in Berkeley CA and saw a woman park. She got in the space just fine but then proceeded to back up until she smacked into the car behind her and then pulled forward a bit. It was obvious from watching her that that was her standard procedure.
  • Aodhan

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    Jul 08, 2014 4:00 PM GMT
    LOL yeah that was in Belfast. I used to live a few streets away from that. At the time Northern Ireland was laughing so hard a this video.

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    Jul 08, 2014 4:03 PM GMT
    Amazing how many people have no clue how to parallel park. I thought this use to be a requirement to get your license in CA but I've since decided that it must be an optional requirement!
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    Jul 08, 2014 4:04 PM GMT
    paulflexes said
    Scruffypup said
    paulflexes saidPilots have to take a flight review every two years, which consists of actually flying the airplane with an instructor on board. If drivers had similar requirements, this kind of shit wouldn't happen, and we wouldn't have these funny videos to laugh at.


    Our bumpers also wouldn't look like someone took a cheese grater them either. icon_neutral.gif
    Whenever I see someone's rear bumper mashed in, I tend to give them plenty of room because I assume they're very slow/stupid drivers who stop to make a right-hand turn. So far I've been right 100% of the time (when they stop to turn right), and have avoided many rear-end collisions with that mindset. Those are also the same people who can't park a Fiat in an open field without hitting something.


    No....I'm the best parallel parking on the planet but my bumpers are torn up from other people's bad parking skills!
  • tj85016

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    Jul 08, 2014 4:07 PM GMT
    try living in Arizona where the only people who can parallel park are from New Jersey and Connecticut
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    Jul 08, 2014 4:13 PM GMT
    My driver's test in 1966, on a closed State course, included parallel parking. You had to do it in only 4 steps, and get within less than 12 inches of the curb. Step 1: right signal on, stop, and correctly position the car for the back-up maneuver. Step 2: back in, your posture turned 1/2 around in the seat, looking rearward (using no mirrors), your right arm on the seat back next to you. Step 3: straighten forward. Step 4: move back into final position.

    Any more corrections and you lost points. I aced it, using a clutch. icon_biggrin.gif

    But we also had high school driver's ed back then, rather rare today. I think formal training, and tough tests, made for better drivers. Today I swear some people get their license inside a box of Wheaties. icon_razz.gif
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    Jul 08, 2014 4:21 PM GMT
    eb925guy saidAmazing how many people have no clue how to parallel park. I thought this use to be a requirement to get your license in CA but I've since decided that it must be an optional requirement!

    I let my license expire and drove for many years without a driver's license. Couldn't be bothered to get it renewed since I drive like the proverbial old lady who only drives to church on Sunday and so don't have to worry about getting pulled over. But I finally decided to get one a few years ago and parallel parking is not on the driving test.
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    Jul 08, 2014 4:47 PM GMT
    Lumpyoatmeal said
    I let my license expire and drove for many years without a driver's license.

    I forgot to renew my driver's license last summer. Then before Christmas I tried to draw a large amount of cash from my own bank, for gift shopping. They required a picture ID, so I presented my driver's license, which the teller rejected as expired. Fortunately a bank manager who knows me saw my predicament, and OK'd me. I immediately applied for an online license renewal, which required no retesting due to the short lapse.

    Before the new card came we had to drive down to Fort Lauderdale's Port Everglades, where the big cruise ships dock, to give an arriving friend a ride home. As we got closer my husband reminded me to get my driver's license out, because security guards check every car that enters the port. I remembered I hadn't received my new card yet.

    So I pulled the car over and we swapped positions. I knew all passengers have to produce picture ID, but I was hoping they'd only really look at the driver's. Which is what happened that day. They examined his at the driver's window, but I just flashed mine from the passenger seat, and they let us enter. The very next day my new card arrived in the mail.

    So my question for you is: what did you use for ID for so long? In the US today you are carded for everything, because of terrorism, and identity theft.
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    Jul 08, 2014 5:30 PM GMT
    This reminds of me of teaching my bf how to drive a manual about 5 yrs ago. He bought the car first then learned to drve it (sorta). We had the car salesman in the back seat which made it all more difficult.

    He suffered a lot of teasing that day.

    For several weeks he'd try to park where no one was behind if he was on a hill. I got many calls from him wanting me to come get his car out if someone parked behind him. Made him feel like a real gurl.

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    Jul 08, 2014 5:42 PM GMT
    Art_Deco said
    So my question for you is: what did you use for ID for so long? In the US today you are carded for everything, because of terrorism, and identity theft.

    The California DMV also has an ID card. It looks almost exactly like the driver's license and that's what I had. The rigmarole you had to go through to get the ID card was only slightly less than for the driver's license (the tests) and so partly the reason I didn't get a driver's license is because I was sort of amused at how long I'd not had one (it was decades).
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    Jul 08, 2014 6:03 PM GMT
    Lumpyoatmeal said
    Art_Deco said
    So my question for you is: what did you use for ID for so long? In the US today you are carded for everything, because of terrorism, and identity theft.

    The California DMV also has an ID card. It looks almost exactly like the driver's license and that's what I had. The rigmarole you had to go through to get the ID card was only slightly less than for the driver's license (the tests) and so partly the reason I didn't get a driver's license is because I was sort of amused at how long I'd not had one (it was decades).

    OK, right. States issue ID cards, usually appearing like a driver's license. Because there must be an ID alternative to a driver's license, since many people, particularly the severely disabled, cannot obtain the driver's one.

    I just didn't imagine you'd get the State ID alone, and not bother to get the driver's, if you were still driving, and had one before. Even if you drive like an "old lady" (my husband says that about my own driving - he's never seen me on a motorcycle) you can always be hit by someone else who runs a light or something. Then you've got some legal problems, and possibly insurance, too.

    Well, glad you've got one now.
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    Jul 08, 2014 7:03 PM GMT
    Art_Deco said
    Lumpyoatmeal said
    I let my license expire and drove for many years without a driver's license.

    I forgot to renew my driver's license last summer. Then before Christmas I tried to draw a large amount of cash from my own bank, for gift shopping. They required a picture ID, so I presented my driver's license, which the teller rejected as expired. Fortunately a bank manager who knows me saw my predicament, and OK'd me. I immediately applied for an online license renewal, which required no retesting due to the short lapse.

    Before the new card came we had to drive down to Fort Lauderdale's Port Everglades, where the big cruise ships dock, to give an arriving friend a ride home. As we got closer my husband reminded me to get my driver's license out, because security guards check every car that enters the port. I remembered I wasn't renewed yet.

    So I pulled the car over and we swapped positions. I knew all passengers have to produce picture ID, but I was hoping they'd only really look at the driver's. Which is what happened that day. They examined his at the driver's window, but I just flashed mine from the passenger seat, and they let us enter. The very next day my new card arrived in the mail.

    So my question for you is: what did you use for ID for so long? In the US today you are carded for everything, because of terrorism, and identity theft.


    A driver's license is not required for ID. A passport will work just fine.
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    Jul 08, 2014 7:11 PM GMT
    freedomisntfree saidThis reminds of me of teaching my bf how to drive a manual about 5 yrs ago. He bought the car first then learned to drve it (sorta). We had the car salesman in the back seat which made it all more difficult.





    He suffered a lot of teasing that day.

    For several weeks he'd try to park where no one was behind if he was on a hill. I got many calls from him wanting me to come get his car out if someone parked behind him. Made him feel like a real gurl.



    My father told me that in earlier times people were taught the basics of how a car worked before they attempted to drive. They learned the basics of the 4-stroke engine, exactly what the clutch did, and exactly what the gearbox did. In my opinion, people could learn to drive with a manual transmission much more easily if they understood the mechanics of it better.

    I learned how to operate a car before I was 16. My father taught me on the race track of the fare grounds when it was completely deserted. I didn't find it difficult to learn how to use the manual transmission probably because I first learned how it worked.
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    Jul 08, 2014 7:36 PM GMT
    FRE0 said
    A driver's license is not required for ID. A passport will work just fine.

    Yes, that can be true. But I didn't have one with me, wasn't going to pass through customs, just picking up a friend disembarking. And didn't remember my problem until we were almost there.

    Also, the signs at the security booth specifically say driver's license. A passport would work for the passengers, I'm sure.

    There are city & county patrol cars stationed right there, to handle stuff the Port Guards cannot. I don't know this for certain, but I can easily imagine the guards directing the police to a driver not producing a valid license, as a potential traffic violation, as well as a security issue. I wasn't gonna find out.
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    Jul 08, 2014 7:40 PM GMT
    Scruffypup said
    paulflexes said
    Scruffypup said
    paulflexes saidPilots have to take a flight review every two years, which consists of actually flying the airplane with an instructor on board. If drivers had similar requirements, this kind of shit wouldn't happen, and we wouldn't have these funny videos to laugh at.


    Our bumpers also wouldn't look like someone took a cheese grater them either. icon_neutral.gif
    Whenever I see someone's rear bumper mashed in, I tend to give them plenty of room because I assume they're very slow/stupid drivers who stop to make a right-hand turn. So far I've been right 100% of the time (when they stop to turn right), and have avoided many rear-end collisions with that mindset. Those are also the same people who can't park a Fiat in an open field without hitting something.


    No....I'm the best parallel parking on the planet but my bumpers are torn up from other people's bad parking skills!
    Bumpers should have airbags.