Thursday, August 21, 2008

Parallel parking II

This evening, my husband and I loaded up the kids, had a quick high-protein dinner in the parking lot of Whataburger, went over to DPS, set the kids up with electronic entertainment in the backseat and spent probably 90 minutes on the parallel parking course and 30 minutes driving the area where DPS does road tests. I'm not sure how many times I attempted to park tonight, but it was somewhere between a dozen and two dozen times. I've now got the parallel parking steps memorized (Right-Left-Left-Right), but I only succeed 50% of the time. My results seem to vary a lot depending on very minor differences in distance and procedure. We were experimenting, trying to find the recipe that would yield perfect results every time, but didn't figure it out tonight. My husband thinks that there is a formula that would work better. It involves making sure that the car is at a 30-40 degree angle to the curb, but it may be too complicated for me to manage under pressure.

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