The Best Garage Parking Aides & Assistants

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The Best Garage Parking Aides & Assistants

If you want to make the most of your garage space and park perfectly every time you pull into your garage, it’s a good idea to invest in a parking aid. This is a product or system that will help to guide you into the perfect parking space and prevent you from hitting walls, other belongings stored in your garage or anything else.

The Best Garage Parking Aides & Assistants

There are a wide variety of parking aids available on the market, so let’s take a look at seven of the best choices!

Maxsa Innovations Park Right Parking Mat

If you’re looking for a cost effective way to ensure your car is parked correctly and in exactly the right spot each and every time, the Maxsa Innovations Park Right Parking Mat could be the ideal solution for you. The mat helps you to know exactly when to stop your car, preventing you from hitting other cars, bikes, mowers, trash cans or anything else you might have securely stored in your garage space.

The mat itself is easy to install. All you have to do is peel off the heavy duty adhesive strip covering and then place the mat where you would like one of the front wheels of your car to rest when you park. The mat will grip to the floor and can’t be budged easily, so make sure to accurately map out the precise placement before sticking it down.

This mat is suitable for all vehicles, ranging from cars to SUVs, small trucks, vans, RVs, or even golf trucks. You simply drive your car onto the mat. When you feel the first, small bump, you’re on the mat. When you feel the second, larger bump, you will know to stop. This ensures perfect parking every time.

This mat is available in a choice of black, red or yellow.

KEY POINTS 

  • 11 inches x 21. 5 inches
  • Built-in drip tray helps to prevent water, snow or dirt from dripping onto the floor
  • Has a reflective strip to help you see the mat at night
  • Anti-skid tape prevents mat from moving or slipping
  • Corner holes allow you to hard-mount the mat

PROS

  • Helps you to park right, every time
  • Works with any vehicle
  • You only need one mat per car
  • Protects your car and belongings
  • Helps you to maximize garage storage space

CONS

  • The adhesive strip may wear down over time, causing the mat to slip
  • The mat is made of plastic rather than rubber (can become crushed over time)
  • The mat could be a little wider to reduce precision of parking required

PARKING TARGET HD18

The Parking Target HD18 is relatively similar to the Maxsa Innovations Park Right Parking Mat. It is around the width of one vehicle wheel and sticks to the floor with a tape strip adhesive to give you a good idea of when to stop when you pull into your garage.

This parking target differs from the Maxsa Innovations Park Right Parking Mat in that it is one, raised target. Rather than rolling over a small bump and letting your car stop at the second, you simply stop when you feel the single hump. This can prove better for many people, as it uses up less space. However, it might not be great for people in larger vehicles, as you have no forewarning and may not feel the parking aid when you roll over it. For smaller vehicles, however, this parking target is great!

The Parking Target HD18 also differs from the Maxsa Innovations Park Right Parking Mat in that it is made from rubber rather than plastic. As you may remember, a key complaint about the Maxsa Innovations Park Right Parking Mat is that its plastic construction makes it vulnerable to cracking or splitting under the weight of heavier vehicles. The rubber construction of the Parking Target HD18, on the other hand, provides more durability. 

Another perk of the Parking Target HD18 is that each parking target comes with novelty decals. You will receive a “mom” decal, a “dad” decal and a USA flag decal. This can help you to identify which car should be stopping in each space if you have a double or triple garage.

KEY POINTS 

  • 18 inch x 3.5 inch x 1.3 inch
  • Peel and stick adhesive

PROS

  • Durable rubber which can take your vehicle’s weight
  • Comes with free decals
  • Only one parking target required per vehicle

CONS

  • The adhesive strip may not be sufficient for larger or heavier vehicles
  • May not be able to feel the aid in a larger vehicle
  • Decals do not last long

Zone Tech Large Heavy Duty Rubber Parking Curb

The Zone Tech Large Heavy Duty Rubber Parking Curb is the perfect one size fits all solution for your parking needs. The curb works in a similar way to the parking aids listed above, providing a bump in your garage that will let you know exactly when to stop when you drive in. When you touch the curb, you stop. However, this could prove a more effective option in a number of ways.

First and foremost, this curb is extra large. It is 72 inches in length, meaning that both wheels will touch the curb when you pull into your garage. You don’t have to worry about driving in precisely to ensure your wheel meets the parking aid, as you might with the Maxsa Innovations Park Right Parking Mat or the PARKING TARGET HD18. This could make it much more ideal for larger vehicles where you may not be able to clearly see a small parking aid on the floor ahead of you.

The Zone Tech Large Heavy Duty Rubber Parking Curb is also made of rubber. This makes it more durable and ensures it can take more weight. This makes it an ideal option for heavier vehicles, such as vans, light trucks or even heavy machinery such as forklifts. The parking curb is heavy weight, should stay in place of its own accord, but it does come with four pre-drilled holes, so you have the option of easily and efficiently drilling it into the ground for extra security.

Another benefit of the Zone Tech Large Heavy Duty Rubber Parking Curb is that it has eight scatter glass reflective strips across its length. This means that you will be able to easily see it if you are pulling into your garage at night or in the early morning hours.

KEY POINTS 

  • 72 inch x 5.8 inch x 4 inch
  • Heavy duty, durable rubber
  • 8 scatter glass reflective stripes for great visibility

PROS

  • Lasting or temporary fit on any surface
  • Works with any vehicle
  • You only need one parking curb per vehicle
  • Crafted from rubber, so less likely to crack or break under weight

CONS

  • The curb is relatively heavy, so you may need help fitting and installing it

POPSTOPS Garage Parking Aid & Assist

The POPSTOPS Garage Parking Aid & Assist is the final physical parking aid we’re going to take a look at. This parking aid, again, works on a similar premise to those above. It is a block that can be placed wherever you want your front tyre to rest when your vehicle stops in your garage. The difference between this stop and previous contenders, however, is that rather than being made from plastic or rubber, the POPSTOPS Garage Parking Aid & Assist is made of high quality aluminium. This is, of course, a much more durable material that is likely to better stand the test of time. This is an investment piece.

You do not need to stick your POPSTOPS Garage Parking Aid & Assist to your chosen parking stop with adhesive or drill it into the ground. Instead, it should stay relatively in place of its own accord. Each parking aid comes with a sticker that can be placed next to it on the floor in its proper positioning. This will help you to identify if the parking aid shifts over time and can allow you to move it back to its proper location as and when necessary.

This parking aid also comes with other decals, which add a touch of novelty. The decal inserts are replaceable, meaning you can customize your parking aid over time. With a variety of licensed graphics to choose from, there’s bound to be a decorative decal that you like!

KEY POINTS 

  • 72 inch x 5.8 inch x 4 inch
  • Heavy duty, durable rubber
  • 8 scatter glass reflective stripes for great visibility

PROS

  • No installation - you simply place the parking aid where you want it to be
  • Wide choice of novelty decals available

CONS

  • The parking aid can shift over time

Park-Daddy Precision Garage Parking Aid System

The Park-Daddy Precision Garage Parking Aid System takes a different approach to all of the options listed above. Instead of sticking some sort of mat or block to the ground to stop your tires as you approach walls or other belongings in your garage, the Park-Daddy Precision Garage Parking Aid System uses infrared technology.

Two sensors are attached to either side of the back of your garage and emit an infrared light between the two. The system comes with one RF Radio Receiver that conveniently plugs into a car's cigarette lighter power port. As you drive into your garage, the infrared sensor will alert you if your car has broken the beam and is about to hit another object or the wall. A red light will appear and a light will sound from your RF Radio Receiver. If the way you are parked is fine, a green light will show and the sound will stop. Of course, this tends to come hand in hand with a higher price tag, but this is because it uses more precise technology.

The parking aid system is surprisingly simple to fit given its more complex system. The back of the sensor has a sticky adhesive, which you can use to attach each sensor to each side of the garage wall. If you want a more permanent fit, it can be mounted with two screws for extra security.

KEY POINTS 

  • 2 x parking sensors
  • 1 x RF radio receiver

PROS

  • Extremely precise parking
  • Easy installation with no hard-wiring
  • Color coded and noise based alert system
  • System can be expanded up to a four car system

CONS

  • Requires 4 x size D batteries, which are not included
  • These batteries will need to be changed over time

GoodChief Universal Garage Laser Parking Assist

Another laser based parking aid is the GoodChief Universal Garage Laser Parking Assist. This is a significantly cheaper system than the Park-Daddy Precision Garage Parking Aid System, but it requires a little more work on your part. Rather than having a radio receiver and light system to alert you to when you need to stop, you will use the laser lights to guide you into your space visually. You will align the laser to a reference point in your vehicle. When you pull into your garage, you simply stop when the laser beam aligns with your reference point. It’s that simple!

KEY POINTS 

  • Dual high visible <5mw laser beams
  • Helps two vehicles to park
  • 100-240 VAC

PROS 

  • Runs from your garage’s door opener or outlet
  • No need for batteries or battery replacement
  • Can also help one car guide through a tight or narrow space

CONS

  • Requires individual initiative
  • Laser could be brighter

Chamberlain Group Aid/Assistant

The Chamberlain Group Aid/Assist works in a very similar way to the GoodChief Universal Garage Laser Parking Assist. A laser will be fitted in your garage and you will set it to align with a reference point of where you need to stop your vehicle. When you pull in, you simply stop your vehicle when the laser aligns with your reference point. Simple!

It’s important to remember, however, that the Chamberlain Group Aid/Assistant is only compatible with a Chamberlain Brand Garage Door Opener system. 

KEY POINTS 

  • Chamberlain CLLP1 Laser Parking Accessory
  • Comes with anchor, two screws, power adapter and instructions

PROS

  • Precise parking
  • Quick installation
  • Hassle free use

CONS

  • Requires individual initiative
  • Only compatible with existing Chamberlain brand door opener

The Best Garage Parking Aides & Assistants Summary

These are just seven of the best choices when it comes to garage parking aids. There are, of course, countless other options out there. But hopefully, some of the above information will help to get you started on your journey to securing the best garage parking aid to suit your needs and preferences!


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