Parking in a garage may not sound particularly difficult to most of us. For many people, however, this seemingly simple task can actually be quite frustrating.
There are all sorts of variables that can make garage access problematic. The parking area might be especially narrow or congested with boxes, bicycles, lawnmowers and other items which have been set aside for storage. The driveway itself can also pose problems, especially if it’s steep, curved or damaged. Disabled and older drivers may have visual limitations that can cause problems with depth perception, resulting in damaged walls and fender dings. Likewise, new, inexperienced drivers can have great difficulty navigating a garage, especially if they’re behind the wheel of a relatively over-sized vehicle.
Whatever the case, there are solutions that can help. If you’re tired of knocking over trash cans or pulling in too far, consider one of the following tricks for easier garage parking.
The High-Tech Way
Modern technology has opened the door for impressive new guidance systems that allow you to park perfectly within your garage each and every time. Using lasers, these ceiling-mounted devices use a built-in motion sensor to detect an approaching vehicle. Once it targets your car, the laser-guided parking device emits a bright vertical beam of light that strikes your car’s hood. Using the laser as a visual guide, you’ll know exactly where to stop to avoid fender dings, wall damage and other problems related to inaccurate parking. Although they may sound expensive, these devices only cost around $25 to $30. Best of all, you only need a screwdriver and stepping stool to install them.
Low Low-Tech Way
If lasers sound a little over the top for a better parking job, there’s an easier way to get results. Several companies manufacture parking mats that have deep divots to hold your tires. Simply place the heavy-duty rubber mats on your garage floor. Each time you pull your car in, you’ll feel a small bump to let you know you are on the mat. You’ll then feel a second, larger bump to let you know it’s time to stop. Durable and equipped with ant-skid rubber, these parking mats are available for around $15. They also feature reflective strips to help you line up your car prior to entering your garage.
The Do-It-Yourself Way
If you’re into cheap, do-it-yourself solutions for better garage parking, you can solve your dilemma with some string and a simple tennis ball. To get started, you’ll need to park your car at least one time without the aid of any guidance. Once your car is in the ideal spot, hang a tennis ball from the ceiling using a string. Make sure to provide enough slack so the ball gently grazes your windshield. Once everything is set up, you’ll be able to park with ease by entering the garage and stopping once the tennis ball makes light contact with your windshield.