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Old 10-29-2012, 04:19 PM
 
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I'm planning on taking the road test next week but I'm not sure which DMV I should take the test at. I've heard that the Ballentine/Irmo DMV and the Lexington DMV are the best and Shop Road is the worst/busiest.

If anyone knows of a spot where I could practice parallel parking with the barricades please tell me because the DMVs have the "No practicing Monday-Friday 8am-5pm" signs. Also I've been trying to find tips for parallel parking with barricades online but I've yet to find anything helpful, so if anyone has any tips please tell me also. Thanks so much.
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Old 10-30-2012, 10:14 AM
 
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I'm planning on taking the road test next week but I'm not sure which DMV I should take the test at. I've heard that the Ballentine/Irmo DMV and the Lexington DMV are the best and Shop Road is the worst/busiest.

If anyone knows of a spot where I could practice parallel parking with the barricades please tell me because the DMVs have the "No practicing Monday-Friday 8am-5pm" signs. Also I've been trying to find tips for parallel parking with barricades online but I've yet to find anything helpful, so if anyone has any tips please tell me also. Thanks so much.
I would take it at the Blythewood one. The Shop Road one is probably the busiest. I would always just practice at the DMV after it closed.
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Old 10-31-2012, 01:29 PM
 
Location: WI
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as a transplant this may seem like a dumb question, but isnt it required to log in so many hours of "practice" time behind the wheel as part of the process to get a DL, in addition to driver's ed? While parallel parking for any newbie can be tough, ive never heard of being able to practice with barricades instead of actual cars (to get a feel for the depth, angles, etc).

just curious.

and OP, good luck!
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Old 10-31-2012, 08:28 PM
 
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as a transplant this may seem like a dumb question, but isnt it required to log in so many hours of "practice" time behind the wheel as part of the process to get a DL, in addition to driver's ed? While parallel parking for any newbie can be tough, ive never heard of being able to practice with barricades instead of actual cars (to get a feel for the depth, angles, etc).

just curious.

and OP, good luck!
In SC you don't have to take driver's ed and most people lie about the hours they have had of practice. The test is with barricades... I always practiced with barricades and can parallel park just fine.
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Old 11-01-2012, 05:46 AM
 
Location: WI
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that's interesting.
In Wi we (and our daughter) had to take a course for classroom time available starting at 15.5 yrs of age, after you passed the written test, and then you got behind the wheel time with your instructor for "x" hours. This was in addition to the logged time on your own with a parent or adult (sure one can lie, but it can show if the driver has little skill whe the drivers test comes). Then it was over to the DMV for the behind the wheel test on the road/hiway, once you were 16.
I'm sure near every state has their own requirements or lack of, and not saying one's better then the other. Just glad we learned certain tasks like parking on roads with active cars so you could get a true feel for not only parking, but doing it with traffic flowing around you (helps on any nerves).
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Old 11-01-2012, 10:19 AM
 
Location: North Augusta, SC
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I could be wrong, but I remember a few years ago that in SC, you got the learner's permit at 15. In order to get the provisional (only drive from 8 am to 8 pm) before 16, you had to take a driver's ed class in order to take the road test. At 16, you could get a provisional without the course. Then at 17, it became a regular license.
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Old 11-01-2012, 10:47 AM
 
Location: North Augusta, SC
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Also wanted to add that when I taught in Lexington, students always said that Batesburg was the easier/better road test.
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Old 11-04-2012, 05:25 PM
 
Location: Lexington, SC
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When I was a kid (many years ago and miles away), when you took your drivers road test, the licensed adult that took you (usually ones Mom or Dad) sat in the back seat and the DMV Officer (yes, they were police) sat in the front and observed you.

The local story was put a $10 in the front seat for the officer and unless you really screwed up, you passed.

My Mom took me. I asked her, you got a $10? She said......no, it is your exam. Unless you have $10, you better drive good........LOL
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Old 07-02-2014, 08:44 AM
 
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First time I took at shop road..mostly messed up on parallel parking..second time I received a woman who was rude..positive attitudes would help smh!!
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