I never know how far to drive into my garage before hitting the cupboard at the back end and lightly scratching the front of my car’s body. I tried to troubleshoot my way around it by using my brother’s car, which is parked adjacent to mine, as a gauge. If my right hand side mirror surpasses by brother’s left hand side mirror (we have a two car parking garage and I park on the left) then I know that I have parked far enough into the garage where my backend would not be too close to the garage door and my front end would not be touching the cupboard. It’s the ideal parking situation. However, when my brother’s car isn’t there, I don’t have a gauge. I might seem a bit incompetent in my parking skills, especially in my own garage, and you might observe correctly, but I’ve thought my way in and around this too many times. It’s become a mental issue now whenever I come home. I experience a moment of stress landing my vehicle in its proper place. If you can sympathize with my testimony, then you must continue reading.
I just knew someone, somewhere out there, has experienced the same unnecessary frustrations I had. After a few minutes of googling my frustrations (to be specific, I googled “parking garage guidance”), it appeared before my eyes—the answer, the truth, the ParkEZ Flashing LED Light Parking Stop Sign for Garages. This was the answer to my inability to gracefully enter my garage.
Essentially, it’s an oversized (about the height of the average fourth grader in America) bobble-head that has a miniature stop sign as its head. This stand would be placed in the preferred ending point that you’d like your car to be parked. Once the stand is assembled and in place, you slowly drive your vehicle into the garage until the front end lightly taps the ParkEZ stand, causing it to flash (hence the “Flashing LED Light” descriptor). Once you observe the bobbing of the stand, and even the flashing, you know that you’ve landed. No more worries about scratching your front end, or damaging your dad’s makeshift cupboard, or wondering if your brother’s home so you could use his car as a gauge for yours, etc. Peace of mind can be bought, and it’s affordable at under twenty Washingtons, or one Jackson (he’s the president on the twenty dollar bill, if you didn’t know).
I ordered one stand through Amazon after considering the reviews customers had. The stand has averaged a 3.5 star rating out of 42 reviewers on Amazon. I’m usually a four star snob when purchasing items on Amazon. If the product I’m looking to purchase doesn’t meet the 4 star requirement with at least over 30 reviewers, I’ll be highly cautious and hesitant about making the purchase. However, this product seemed too good to be true and seemed, as I said before, like the answer to my problem. After sifting through the reviews and seeing what kind of cons customers had brought forth about the stand, I made the decision to hit the kill switch and went in for the buy.
The product was delivered to me within a week, and I’ve been using it for almost three weeks now, and it’s served its purpose beautifully, so far. The important thing is, I now no longer need my brother’s car or his help in guiding me into the garage, nor do I fear more light scratches appearing on the front end of my car or my dad’s cupboard, which he complained about at times (sorry, dad). And now that I’ve had the experience of actually using the product, I can address some of the cons customers had discussed on Amazon. The main flaw I saw most people review about was how flimsy the stand’s pole could be. I didn’t have an issue with how flimsy the pole was, especially since I was more concerned about hitting things that would cause more dinges to appear on my car. Why would I want to hit something that’s hard? That would defeat the purpose of the stand. I can suggest a workaround though. Consider the thinnest and lightest PVC pipes from your local hardware store and slide this onto the pole. This might make the stand more sturdy and definitely less flimsy.
Overall, I recommend this product. If you sympathized with my story and want to be free of unnecessary frustrations when parking in any kind of garage, then this budget-friendly product will bring you comfort in ways you would have never imagined—fine, it’s not that comforting, but it’s definitely peace of mind!
This is a video of a similar product I found on YouTube. It’s literally the same product. Check it out if you’d like to see it in action! I suggest starting from 0:55.