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    On my driving test today I was asked to parallel park on a blind bend where many vehicles are parked alongside the left curb which makes it even more difficult to see anyone coming. I started the manoeuvre so I was swung out to the right and I was unsure whether the oncoming vehicle was going to stop, my leg was shaking because I was worried about the other car moving and I knew I had steered at the wrong point, and I couldn’t control the clutch properly so I messed it up big time, I corrected it so it wasn’t the reason I failed but I obviously got a fault for it. Anyway the point is, because I couldn’t find anything on the internet, can you actually do a parallel park on a blind bend on your driving test or at any time? I felt like it was unfair to ask me to do it in such an inconvenient place where there are plenty of straight roads instead?
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    Maybe they were testing to see if you would protest and move on to a better spot.
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    If there were many vehicles parked there that ought to tell you something: namely that they all managed to park there without causing an incident. So there's no reason you shouldn't be able to do the same thing, right?

    If visbility is limited then you just need to make observations more often, and if something comes into view make a judgement call on what to do. Normally you'll need to stop if a vehicle wants to pass you. You may have to drive off if you're obstructing the road and it's no longer safe to park, or you might be able to continue to park if the other cars give you enough room to do so and keep their distance.

    It sounds to me like you probably need more practice on doing reverse manouvres and making sound judement calls.
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    it does sound as if the examiner were putting you in danger.
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    Sometimes examiners will pick tough places to park to test you out.
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    You aren't gonna like this but they've done you a favour. I had the easiest parallel park in my exam (you could fit a boering 737 in that space both in height and width) and I only got a minor for being wide, but it was impossible for me to be obstructive.

    As a result, I now struggle to park in spaces that aren't particularly tight, but require some experience. And when I do get in them I'm like [-----] that far from the curb lmao.
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    (Original post by Dez)
    If there were many vehicles parked there that ought to tell you something: namely that they all managed to park there without causing an incident. So there's no reason you shouldn't be able to do the same thing, right?

    If visbility is limited then you just need to make observations more often, and if something comes into view make a judgement call on what to do. Normally you'll need to stop if a vehicle wants to pass you. You may have to drive off if you're obstructing the road and it's no longer safe to park, or you might be able to continue to park if the other cars give you enough room to do so and keep their distance.

    It sounds to me like you probably need more practice on doing reverse manouvres and making sound judement calls.
    Thanks for your detailed reply. The actual reason I failed was because I was at a roundabout and someone was indicating left to come off, so I went but they actually went across me at the very last minute so the examiner had to brake. I think I was just unlucky but yes I realise I do need to practice manoevures more. My general driving is basically perfect according to my instructor so I'm sure I'll pass next time.
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    (Original post by trinity-m)
    Thanks for your detailed reply. The actual reason I failed was because I was at a roundabout and someone was indicating left to come off, so I went but they actually went across me at the very last minute so the examiner had to brake. I think I was just unlucky but yes I realise I do need to practice manoevures more. My general driving is basically perfect according to my instructor so I'm sure I'll pass next time.
    Confidence is key, and confidence can only exist if you have faith in your ability. Keep practising and you'll have nothing to fret over, once you reach a point where you're confident you can do anything the examiner asks you to do, you won't have any need to feel nervous.
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    (Original post by trinity-m)
    . I think I was just unlucky
    On the contrary, you were lucky that the examiner saved you from a potentially injury-causing accident.
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    On the contrary, you were lucky that the examiner saved you from a potentially injury-causing accident.
    Well that's their job is it not? It was a situation out of my control where the examiner had to intervene in order to prevent an accident, its not like they were forced to because I'm a terrible driver.
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    (Original post by trinity-m)
    Thanks for your detailed reply. The actual reason I failed was because I was at a roundabout and someone was indicating left to come off, so I went but they actually went across me at the very last minute
    Schoolboy error, until they've turned in don't go. Even I do this when I'm driving somewhere I'm not used to, I'll indicate left mis-reading my gps only to find out it's actually the following exit. You're only looking at hesitation minors if you miss several gaps.
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    (Original post by nevershear)
    Schoolboy error, until they've turned in don't go. Even I do this when I'm driving somewhere I'm not used to, I'll indicate left mis-reading my gps only to find out it's actually the following exit. You're only looking at hesitation minors if you miss several gaps.
    Thanks for the advice. I let the nerves get the better of me after I messed up the manoeuvre. Nothing I can’t correct in a couple of lessons.
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    (Original post by trinity-m)
    Well that's their job is it not? It was a situation out of my control where the examiner had to intervene in order to prevent an accident, its not like they were forced to because I'm a terrible driver.
    No. This near-accident was a matter of judgement rather than control. You had caused the problem (by going onto the roundabout at the wrong time) and were in control. You could have braked just as easily as the examiner. Unfortunately, your judgement having failed you when you joined the roundabout, let you down again when you failed to brake to prevent the imminent accident. The examiner had to instead, which demonstrates that the situation was capable of being controlled properly by someone with good judgement.
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    (Original post by trinity-m)
    Well that's their job is it not? It was a situation out of my control where the examiner had to intervene in order to prevent an accident, its not like they were forced to because I'm a terrible driver.
    But when you'd passed they won't be there, so it shows you're not ready yet. So actually it's good luck that this situation happened when the examiner was there to step in
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    the safest thing is to assume that all other drivers are complete morons who have no insurance and did not pass their test.
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    the safest thing is to assume that all other drivers are complete morons who have no insurance and did not pass their test.
    PRSOM. Preach brother.
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    (Original post by trinity-m)
    On my driving test today I was asked to parallel park on a blind bend where many vehicles are parked alongside the left curb which makes it even more difficult to see anyone coming. I started the manoeuvre so I was swung out to the right and I was unsure whether the oncoming vehicle was going to stop, my leg was shaking because I was worried about the other car moving and I knew I had steered at the wrong point, and I couldn’t control the clutch properly so I messed it up big time, I corrected it so it wasn’t the reason I failed but I obviously got a fault for it. Anyway the point is, because I couldn’t find anything on the internet, can you actually do a parallel park on a blind bend on your driving test or at any time? I felt like it was unfair to ask me to do it in such an inconvenient place where there are plenty of straight roads instead?
    You should've said that where he/she wanted you to parallel park wasn't safe, and moved onto a different area. You're the driver, you're in control of the car; not the examiner. I'm sure the examiner wouldn't have minded if you said that, if anything they would've praised you.

    But I guess when you're nervous, you don't really think straight (in my experience anyways). Learn to try and control the nerves to a minimum.

    (Original post by trinity-m)
    Well that's their job is it not?
    Their job is to make sure you're up to the standards necessary to drive. Their job is not to save you from having an accident.

    It was a situation out of my control where the examiner had to intervene in order to prevent an accident, its not like they were forced to because I'm a terrible driver.
    It was a situation in your control, you were behind the steering wheel. But we all make mistakes which is fine, but recognise your mistakes, and learn from them.

    Good luck with your next test
 
 
 
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