Maryland Drops Parallel Parking From Driver's License Test Maryland has dropped the requirement that drivers must take a parallel parking test, joining a handful of other states who have eliminated the test. People share their tricks to parallel parking.

Maryland Drops Parallel Parking From Driver's License Test

Maryland Drops Parallel Parking From Driver's License Test

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Maryland has dropped the requirement that drivers must take a parallel parking test, joining a handful of other states who have eliminated the test. People share their tricks to parallel parking.

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

It's a point of pride, or it's a grueling anxiety-inducing exercise.

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

Parallel parking - if you're a driver, you know exactly how skilled you are or are not when it comes to snuggling up to a curb.

SIEGEL: You know. whenever I seamlessly parallel park, Audie, I just feel terrifically proud of myself.

CORNISH: You're not the only one enjoying the bragging rights, Robert - not that it matters much anymore.

BUEL YOUNG: As of May 19, the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration has eliminated the parallel parking maneuver.

CORNISH: Maryland is now the latest state to drop parallel parking from its driver's license exam. It joins a list of more than a dozen other states.

SIEGEL: Buel Young of the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration, whom you heard there, says completing a two-point turn and backing up is close enough. But since Maryland is so close to the nation's capital, this is getting some attention.

CORNISH: And our informal inquiry on a street a few blocks from our office clearly shows the world is divided into two camps.

SIEGEL: Those who savor the chance to practice their parallel parking skills and those who would rather have hot lead poured into their ears.

CHRISTINA FOSNA: OK, parallel parking is hard. It took me quite a few tries to learn it, but you have to know it if you're going to live in the city. I'd like to duly note that.

SWANNELL WIGGINS: What's the secret to parallel parking? Know exactly how to park. Know exactly what you're doing.

MAREETA CARTER: I never parallel park. I try not to. It's a nightmare.

TYRONE SMITH: It's very easy. Just take your time, and be patient.

RENEE SUTTON: You go forward, you reel backwards about - till you come back to the bumper of the car behind you. Go back front until you're all the way in, and go back. Turn again a little bit, and go forward a bit so you're even.

SIEGEL: We heard from Christina Fosna, Mareeta Carter, Swannell Wiggins, Tyrone Smith and Renee Sutton on the ancient, esoteric art of parallel parking.

CORNISH: And Curtis Johnson said he knows the real secret to getting your car into that sweet spot.

CURTIS JOHNSON: A backup camera.

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