Do you struggle to park the car inside your garage? Maybe you just fear the day that you or a family member hit something while parking. There are ways to help you park inside the garage and are simple to set up.
Below are some of the best garage parking aids on the market right now. Since all garages are not the same I highlighted several parking aids. Some are ceiling mounted while others are mounted to the floor.
1 Best Garage Parking Aid to Prevent Accidents
1.1 Camco AccuPark Parking Mat
1.2 MAXSA Innovations Garage Parking Laser
1.3 Ball on a String Parking Aids
1.4 Park Zone Precision Parking Aid
2 Car Door Protectors for Your Garage Wall
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Best Garage Parking Aid to Prevent Accidents
Camco AccuPark Parking Mat
With over 900 reviews the Camco is one of the best garage parking mats available.
Installation is very simple with the adhesive strips under the mat. You will need to make sure the garage floor is even and clean before installation. If you don’t like the idea of having a mat on the floor I would look at other options.
The Camco parking mat has 2 humps on it. The smaller hump is there to signal you when you are close to the spot. The larger hump will tell you when to stop the car. You will have to drive slow in order to feel the humps and prevent jumping over the mat. If you have a truck with larger mud tires you may not feel the mat.
Some have commented on the adhesive strips not sticking to their garage floor. To remedy the problem one guy used 3M adhesive tape to install the parking mat.
- Easy installation
- Reflective strip for visibility
- Possible tripping hazard
- Difficult for larger tires
MAXSA Innovations Garage Parking Laser
The Maxsa garage parking laser is a ceiling mounted parking aid. It is available in single laser or dual laser with the option of an LED light.
Installation is simple and requires a screwdriver or drill to mount the parking aid to the ceiling. It does require a free outlet to power the unit so make sure you have one nearby. The power cord for the single laser unit is 9 feet long. The cord on the dual laser unit is only 6.5 feet long. I have no idea why the cords are different lengths.
Setting up the unit is fairly simple. You park your car in the desired spot after installing the laser unit. Next aim the laser in the desired spot on the vehicle. It can be on your wind-shield or hood just as long as you can see it when parking. Now when parking your car you will know to stop when the laser reaches that point.
The laser is motion sensing and will stay on for 15 seconds after no motion is detected. It seems to detect motion as you are about halfway into the garage.
- Easy installation
- Out of the way
- Requires a free power outlet nearby
- Uses lasers
Ball on a String Parking Aids
Products like this ball on a string are also available for sale. The idea is to hang the ball from the ceiling so it lines up with your windshield. When you park your car you know to stop when the ball contacts your car windshield.
These can be attached to your garage door so it gets pulled up out of the way when the door closes.
Honestly, you can make the same thing with a tennis ball and string to save some money.
Park Zone Precision Parking Aid
The Park Zone parking aid is to be mounted to the wall ahead of your car. The three LED lights illuminate to indicate how far away you are from the wall. When it lights RED you stop. The distance from the sensor can be programmed by the user so you can be farther or closer. This is a nice feature as every garage is different.
Installation is standard using 4 screws to mount the unit to the wall. It runs on 4 AA batteries but there is a Park Zone parking aid with an ac adapter.
Car Door Protectors for Your Garage Wall
If you have a narrow garage then you need something on the wall to protect your doors. You can get all kinds of foam padding to stick on the wall to prevent door damage.
Automobile Door Edge Protector is a foam strip designed to protect your car doors and garage wall. It is mounted to the wall with strips of adhesive tape and is 0.6 inches thick. 2 pads are included in the package.
Dimensions: 17.3 inches x 4.5 inches
Types of Parking Sensors:
Not all parking attendants are the same and in some cases systems that execute the maneuvers are confused automatically with others that simply alert us to the proximity of obstacles. So are the different types of parking attendants that are in the market.
Under the denomination of “Park Assist” , the manufacturers offer multitude of systems of help to the parking with different characteristics that suits to know and have clear to know what is what we are paying.
The first thing we need to know is that in many cases they call Park Assist systems that simply alert us by means of sounds or lights of proximity with an obstacle, while others perform the maneuver in a semi-automatic way or even remotely, with the driver in the outside of the vehicle.
Non-automatic parking attendants
This type of assistants are the most frequent and are limited to helping us to detect the distance between the ends of our car and the columns, the wall, the bumper of the car that we have behind, etc. Here there are basically 3 types of assistance: acoustic, using lights or cameras. In many cases several of them are combined and it is very common for us to have sound alerts and a reversing camera, for example. Let’s see each type.
- Sound parking assistant : it is a very frequent system. We must differentiate between those that only have sensors in the back and those that have them both in the front and back. This type of assistants is very practical because they allow the driver to continue paying attention to the perimeter of the car and, for example, make sure that a pedestrian or a cyclist does not approach the rear-view mirrors while calculating the distance “by ear” by reversing. However, this system is useless for deaf people .
- Parking assistance with lights : in some models, the assistant has a small display that shows several colored LEDs that change from green to red as we approach the obstacle. The problem with this system is that it forces us to look at the display and lose sight of the rest of the problems we may have. For deaf people it is a good help. It is usually offered in combination with sound alerts .
- Parking attendant with camera : the most basic have a camera in the rear, while the most complex have 360º vision and even active lines of maneuver that tell us the trajectory that the vehicle will follow depending on the position of the wheels . Like the system with LED indications, it has the disadvantage that it forces us to look at a screen and lose sight of the rest of the traffic .
Automatic parking attendants
In this group are those who are known as “automatic parking attendants”, but again, this name is somewhat ambiguous because within it coexist systems that are completely automatic and others that are not and simply limit themselves to move the steering wheel automatically, but we must handle the change, the accelerator and the brake.
- Fully automatic parking attendants : only available on models with automatic transmission. When activating the assistant, it tracks a gap wide enough to fit the car and tells us with a sound and visual alert to stop the vehicle at a specific point. Once there he will ask us for a confirmation and then he will execute the parking maneuver in a completely automatic way. Once finished, a new sound and visual alert will indicate the end of the maneuver. This type of assistants is equipped in models of last generation and are able to differentiate automatically if we are looking for a parking in row or battery . If we touch the steering wheel or the brake during the maneuver, the system is deactivated.
- Semi automatic parking attendants: this assistant has been available for several years in the market and there are several generations. The first and the most basic allow only parking in an assisted way in a row, while the most current ones allow you to choose between row or battery. They are offered in both manual and automatic change models. The difference with the fully automatic parking attendants is that in these we must be the ones who select the reverse gear or the first to move the car. Once activated, the system tells us that we have an appropriate space for our car and tells us where to stop and let go of the steering wheel. Next, he moves the steering wheel automatically and tells us what we should do with the change, that we go back, that we stop, that we go forward, etc. If we touch the steering wheel during the maneuver, the system is deactivated.