That weekend road trip with my sister brought to light one of our major differences.  I'm a good parallel parker, and she is not.  Because most of her driving life has been in the Jersey suburbs, she's not comfortable trying to squeeze her vehicle between two cars on the street.  I, however, do a lot of city driving so I've gotten pretty good at it!

I'll give my high school driver's ed teacher most of the credit.  The way he taught me to park in Manhattan is the way I park to this day, whether in NYC, Philly, or any of the Jersey main streets that require cars to line up one ahead of the other.

What happened over the weekend is that my sister kept giving me the keys, telling me that the next leg of the trip would require parallel parking so she wanted me behind the wheel.  I was flattered and happy to help.  The two college students in the backseat had a good laugh; my niece's room mate telling us that driving duties shift in her family too.  Her father is the designated city driver.  Her mother prefers suburbia and parking lots.

So I thought it would be interesting to find out who the better parallel parker is in YOUR household.  Is it you?  Your spouse?  Your grown children?

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