Garage Floor Parking Stops
Something as simple as garage floor parking stops can save you a lot of guessing, stress and potential damage to your vehicle. One of the most common types of damage to your vehicle while at home is due to the garage door. Sometimes drivers accidentally forget to raise the door before backing up, sometimes the garage door springs break while the car is passing underneath. Other times damage to a vehicle is due to the car not pulling in far enough. I don’t need to tell you what happens next.
The door comes down on top of the trunk or bumper, or worse, scrapes the vertical edge of the trunk or bumper as it goes down. Garage parking stops can’t help prevent the first two examples, but is certainly useful in preventing the last incident from occurring. I know from experience and a $300 repair bill how a simple stop device would’ve saved me the hassle and stress of having this happen.
The stop stick is held in place by two adhesive strips (included) on the bottom of the device. It basically is stuck to the garage floor with the sticky strips. I have to mention that my strips came unstuck after a few months. I still use it without it being secured to the floor, I just have to re-position it every couple of weeks. Overall, not bad for the price and it works. But, if this doesn’t sound like the right product for you, see the other options below…
Garage Parking Sensor Stop Light
If you prefer something a little more technological, perhaps a garage parking sensor stop light will be better suited for you. The previously mentioned stop stick is based on feel, signaling you to stop when you feel a slight resistance as you pull up to it and feel your car hit a bump. The sensor stop light is more visual and acts like a traffic signal light. When you first pull into the garage you have a green light, as you approach further in the device switches to a yellow light. Finally, when you are at the proper stopping point, the signal turns red.
The sensor stop light does require an initial setup to calibrate where you want your vehicle to stop. It also runs on batteries so no electric outlet is necessary. However, after the the first configuration is completed you shouldn’t have to worry about it going forward. Keep in mind that the setting will only be for one specific vehicle. If you try to park another vehicle of a different size, the sensor won’t know this and will assume the same initial vehicle is being parked.
I’ve owned one of these devices as well and was satisfied with its operation. To be honest, I misplaced it when moving and ended up purchasing the stop stick product mentioned above.
Garage Parking Stop Mat
The final stopping aide I’d like to show you is a garage parking stop mat. This particular style stopping device is very similar to the stopping stick mentioned above. I’ve never used this type of device but probably would prefer it over the stop stick for a couple of reasons.
First, I happen to like the reflective lens built into this product. The bright yellow color of the previously mentioned stop stick is easy to see, but I think having a reflective light would provide that much more visibility. Second, since this mat has an initial “hump” to drive over, it would serve as a warning that you’re getting close to the final stopping block. Finally, although the stop stick (mentioned above) comes with an adhesive strip to hold it in place, mine started to move out of position after a few months worth of dust and water. Since this is a rubber mat instead of plastic, I would anticipate that movement would be minimal, even after several months.