Reverse parking skills ... what are they really good for?
STRESSING out over how to perfect that pesky parallel park will soon be a thing of the past.
New State Government plans to revamp driving tests would see skill-based moves moved down the priority list in favour of demonstrating high-risk manoeuvres.
It means skills such as merging at high speeds and performing right-hand turns across oncoming traffic would be favoured over manoeuvres like the parallel park and hill starts.
RACQ technical and safety policy manager Steve Spalding praised the State Government's focus on higher risk manoeuvres.
"They're the ones that have a severe outcome," he said.
"If an inexperienced driver makes a mistake when travelling at higher speed or in demanding traffic conditions, that can lead to severe or fatal outcomes simply because margin for error is much less."
Mr Spalding said it was still important for motorists to learn how to park a vehicle in a variety of situations.
"Being able to manoeuvre a vehicle around is a fundamental skill," he said.
"It doesn't carry a high safety risk but from a point of being able to use that vehicle under all conditions we have is important."
Mr Spalding said while the parallel park was trying, it was important it remain a part of the driving test in some way.
Warana resident Jessica Milsom, 21, has been driving for two years but says she may never master the parallel park.
"I'm not the best at it. I work in Nambour and sometimes you don't have any other parking option half the time," she said. "Sometimes I'll go find somewhere to find an easier park."
Despite her animosity for the parking manoeuvre, she says it shouldn't be cast aside completely in overhauled learner driving tests.
"It's still important," she said.
"It's something you could use every day and sometimes there are just situations where parallel parking is needed."
On the Sunshine Coast Daily's Facebook page, motorists were split over their opinions on how necessary a skill it was to parallel park.
>> TIPS FOR PARALLEL PARKING
- Keep the car at a slow speed
- Constantly check reference points. If you miss a reference point or over-shoot one, drive forward again if necessary to re-establish the reference point
- Constantly look all around for approaching vehicles or pedestrians and stop if necessary. If this isn't done you will fail the manoeuvre and the entire driving test
- If the manoeuvre did not finish correctly or you hit the curb, ask if you can try again