Is parallel parking on the driving test?

Parallel parking involves performing an S-shaped turn in reverse to park parallel to the curb. For the majority of new drivers, this is one of the hardest skills to master. If you're struggling to get the hang of how to parallel park, you may find yourself wondering if this is a mandatory component of the driving test.

In most cases, a driving test will last between 15 and 30 minutes. The examiner won't ask you to do anything illegal or try to trick you during the road test. The goal is to see if you can operate your vehicle safely under typical driving conditions. The driving test typically includes:

  • Left and right turns
  • Backing
  • Changing lanes
  • Stops at controlled and uncontrolled intersections
  • Driving in regular street traffic
  • Yielding to right of way
  • Stopping at appropriate signs
  • Defensive driving

Parallel parking may or may not be on your driving test, depending upon where you live and the discretion of the driver's license examiner. If you live in an area where drivers generally need to parallel park on a regular basis, you can expect to see this on your driving test.

For example, New Jersey lists parallel parking as a mandatory part of the driving test. Parallel parking is also required in Wisconsin, although drivers may be able to complete this part of the test at the DMV station if there are no parked cars available on the street. Check with the motor vehicle agency in your state to find out for sure.

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