Maryland drops parallel parking from driver’s test

Testing for parallel parking is coming to an end in Maryland. Being able to parallel park has been a requirement in order to get your driver’s license in Maryland. As of this past Wednesday the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration removed that requirement.


No one can say for sure whether this will lead to an uptick in dented car bumpers and curb-gouged tires. But Maryland has announced that demonstrating an ability to parallel park — an impossible skill to master for a lot of motorists — is no longer a requirement for getting a driver’s license in the state.

Everybody knows people who can’t parallel park. Maybe the space is 12 feet long, yet they couldn’t squeeze a Smart Car into it. They would just as soon try to land a jet.

The D.C. Department of Motor Vehicles driving test doesn’t include parallel parking. In Virginia, where the state DMV’s road-skills exam is administered to teenagers by private driving schools, there’s no demand to test parallel parking proficiency.

Now the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration officially doesn’t care, either. As of Wednesday, parallel parking was eliminated from the road test.

I remember taking my driving test and I hated parallel parking. I rarely parallel park. I’m always parking in regular parking spaces. As a matter of fact I back into parking spaces about 98% of the time. Especially at the metro parking garage. You have to. You’re risking your car’s life since some drivers treat the metro parking garage like the Beltway 😦

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