Avoid Dents and Dings by Modifying your Parking Spot

How to Make your Parking Spot More Convenient

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We’ve all been there, there’s no shame in admitting it. Parking can be tricky at the best of times, and nigh impossible at the worst. If you’re parking in a public space, you have to rely on your skills and the car’s systems. But if it’s the comfort of your own garage, there are a few things you can do to make sure you don’t dent or damage your car. 

Tennis Ball

The old tennis ball trick. The concept is really simple, and installation and setup is even simpler. You park your car to the exact point where you want it to sit in the garage (or parking space) the first time, then you go out and get a tennis ball and a rope or string of some sort. Most people use a fishing hook and a rope to insert into the tennis ball. You then attach the other end of the rope to the ceiling, at the exact position where the tennis ball touches your car’s windshield. Mount it firmly, and that’s it, you’re done. Every time you park your car from that moment onward, you’ll have a good indicator of when to stop.

Installing a Mirror

Installing a mirror can be useful in many ways. If positioned correctly, you can use it to see where the front end of your vehicle is in relation to anything that might be in the way when you’re pulling into your garage. If you live on a busy street, a driveway mirror is a great way to make sure the street is clear before you back out. Alternatively, you can install a camera in either of these locations and use your phone to watch it in real time, but that’s a far more expensive option than using a mirror.

Fitting a Stopper

This is the simplest one by far. All you need is a piece of wood or something equally hard that won’t bend when the car bumps into it. Make sure it’s free of sharp edges that may puncture your tire. It doesn’t have to be so long that it stretches over the entire width of the car, just long enough to where you won’t be able to miss it with one wheel. Place it on the floor where you want your tire to stop (make sure it doesn’t hit the bumper or any other component, it may need to be relatively low), and attach it firmly with screws, glue or any other method you wish. And voila, just like that, you have a marker that will stop your wheel in the exact same place every time.

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