At Neighborhood Garage Door Service of Dallas, TX, one of the most common problems our customers have in their garage is fitting a large vehicle in a tight space. It can be tricky to know just how far to pull your vehicle in so that you don’t bump the wall but still get clear of the doorway. Here are a few genius garage parking tips we’ve gathered to help you fit your vehicle in your garage better.
Pool Noodle Door Bumper
Do you ever open your door and bump it into the garage wall, damaging both the door and wall? This cheap hack will protect both and help you maximize the little bit of space you have in your garage. Just get yourself a foam pool noodle, wall mounting strips, and a box cutter.
Use the box cutter to split the pool noodle lengthwise. Attach the mounting strips to the flat side of the pool noodle and stick to the wall about halfway up your car door. Now, when you open your door in that tight space, the noodle will protect the door from small dings and bumps.
Another cheap hack for helping to park safely involves a tennis ball, an eyelet, and a piece of rope. This garage parking tip helps you pull your vehicle all the way up to your front wall without hitting it with your bumper. This allows you to utilize the entire length of your garage.
Attach an eyelet to your ceiling just above the center of your windshield. Feed the rope through the eyelet with the tennis ball attached to one end. Then, have a friend or family member guide you as you pull your car as close to the wall as possible while they hold the rope. Once the car is parked, have the friend adjust the rope length so that the tennis ball just touches the windshield, and tie it off. Next time you pull into your garage, inch forward until the ball touches the windshield.
For the more high-tech homeowners out there, you can buy a laser version of the tennis ball setup. There are two basic versions of this handy gadget that helps you properly park. One points a laser beam at a sensor on your car’s dashboard that lights up when the laser hits it and indicates you need to stop.
The second version uses a system very much like your safety eye sensor on your garage door. This one emits a beam from the ceiling to a sensor on the floor. When your bumper breaks the light beam, the top sensor flashes at you to stop.
Call Us To Repair Garage Door Damage
Neighborhood Garage Door Service of Dallas, Texas does garage door repair work all the time that results from collisions with vehicles. These genius garage parking tips will help you avoid some of these incidents. However, if you find yourself with a broken or damaged garage door anyway, give us a call and we’ll come out right away for service.