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Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Parallel Parking Tip of the Day

Hate parallel parking? Don't we all. There are now cars in production that will parallel park themselves. Getting your drivers license just became so much easier.


Blogger Pete said...

Or, if you were like me and got your license in an easy state like florida, you didn't have to worry about silly things like advanced driving skills to get your license. I guess they just figured the best way to learn is to scratch a bumper.

16 October, 2006 22:39

Blogger Jay said...

Something that also helps pass the parallel test? Be extremely friendly and talk your instructor's EAR off. And use your turn signals incessantly. They love that crap. I've also heard that taking your test in a manual-transmission car can help. Can anyone verify that?

16 October, 2006 23:21

Blogger Pete said...

…if you don't stall 3 times

17 October, 2006 09:59

Blogger Amanda said...

Or, you can get an instructor who is from out of the area so she doesn't know where to go. I parallel parked in front of a driveway. I would have hit the curb had it been on a real street. But since I didn't actually hit a curb, I passed with an 81 (you had to have at least 80 to pass).

In my defense, I was either driving an SUV or a very large car(mob-like even), not like my little Chulita.

17 October, 2006 10:31

Blogger Pete said...

Another nice thing of Florida, you don't actually have to go on any real roads.

17 October, 2006 10:48

Blogger Jay said...

My parallel park job was heinous. I was about 4 feet from the curb. But I think I passed because of the cul de sac incident. Turns out it's recommended to signal when going around a "sac." So when I signaled, I think he was really impressed.

17 October, 2006 11:36

Blogger Blair said...

Peter how you could ever leave a beut paradise like Florida is beyond me.

17 October, 2006 12:23

Blogger Jay said...

Is it a beautiful paradise because of the lack of parallel parking, or because of the palm trees and beaches?

17 October, 2006 13:58

Blogger Andy said...

or because of the killer bees and alligators?

and here's a factoid - did anyone know that "cul-de-sac" is a Anglo-French phrase meaning "ass of a bag"

17 October, 2006 14:39

Blogger Blair said...

Jay all of the above though I plan in staying away from the swamps.

17 October, 2006 16:59

Blogger Jay said...

Andy: LOL. Wow.

Blair: Yes, you're probably allergic to swamps. And alligators. And bees.

17 October, 2006 17:04

Blogger Amanda said...

On the downside, Florida is really humid (not that KY isn't) and the bugs are gigantuan...

Blair, they also have a lot of citrus fruit down there that you may not like :).

And it warms my heart to see so many comments. Good show guys!

17 October, 2006 17:32

Blogger Blair said...

In defense of Florida who can forget Walt Disney World. Oh and Amanda there is one citrus thing I do like called Sunny D.

17 October, 2006 19:58

Blogger Pete said...

"How could I ever leave?" I wonder that quite often, especially on cold days. But, I met my lovely wife up here, so its all worth it!

17 October, 2006 23:03

Anonymous Rebecca said...

Aww, that's precious,lol

18 October, 2006 15:56

Blogger Pete said...

Someone was wondering what the source was on this. While I didn't write the tip, I did hear it mentioned on this podcast:

19 October, 2006 12:42


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