Make Parking Easier with these Garage Parking Aids

I laughed when I saw a tennis ball hanging from my mom’s garage ceiling. Then I saw her try to park her car, and she actually hit the garage wall.

I stopped laughing.

If you, or someone you love, has ever hit your garage walls with your car, you probably understand.

These minor accidents will not only scratch or dent your car but also damage your drywall or concrete garage walls.

Fortunately, there are great parking aids to help you park your car safely, even if you have a narrow garage.

Top 5 Best Garage Parking Aids

Everything on this list is under $50, and most are under $20, so it won’t break the bank.

Install a Hanging Tennis Ball

Let’s start with my mom’s garage parking aid: the tennis ball.

This is the easiest and cheapest parking aid you can use to stop hitting the garage wall. It only takes an old tennis ball, some string, and two eyehooks.

  1. Take one of the eyehooks and screw it into the tennis ball.
  2. Attach some string to the hook. Make sure you have enough to reach from your car’s windshield to the ceiling, plus a little slack.
  3. Mark the spot on the ceiling directly above where the tennis ball barely touches your windshield. Then, screw the second eyehook into that mark.
  4. Tie the string through the ceiling eyehook and cut off the excess.

Alternatively, some mount the tennis ball to hit their hood instead of their windshield. Either way, once you hit the ball, you know it’s time to stop driving.

If you don’t have an extra tennis ball or don’t want to bother making this on your own, there are various inexpensive, pre-made parking aids.

Tennis Ball Garage Parking Aid (2-Pack)
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Laser Parking Assists

Laser parking assists and parking sensors are a more high-tech solution to the old tennis ball.

The simplest, like the Maxsa 37312, is activated by a motion sensor. That means it only turns on when it senses movement, such as your garage door opening. 

This model has an AC adapter, so you never need to change the batteries. However, different versions run on batteries if you don’t have an outlet handy.

There are two infrared head units, so you can aim them in different locations if you have a two-car garage.

Installation is simple. 

All you have to do is drill it in place and aim the lasers so you can see it when your car hits the right parking position.

One potential drawback is that laser pointers can cause irritation if you have sensitive eyes. If that’s the case, consider other possibilities. 

Either way, never look directly at the laser beam – which is good advice for any situation, actually.

Maxsa Dual-Laser Parking Guide
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Parking Targets or Mats

If you’re short on space and have to consistently hit the same parking spot, rubber blocks and mats will be your best option.

They come in two main designs. A parking block is like a smaller version of the concrete stops you see in most parking lots.

Simply pull forward until your tires touch the block, telling you to stop.

The Parking Target blocks come in both 18″ and 24″ lengths. Both attach to your garage floor with adhesive tape.

ParkingTarget 16" Parking Aid
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Parking mats, by contrast, take the idea of a parking block and add a rubber or plastic panel that sits under your tires.

One of the drawbacks to painting your garage floor with acrylic or latex paint is that hot tires can cause the paint to crack and peel off.

Because the mat sits underneath your tires, it absorbs the heat, not your floor.

Maxsa, the maker of one of the laser parking aids I listed above, also makes parking mats.

The Maxsa Park Right parking mat is one of the highest-rated, affordable parking mats. It is available in three colors (black, red, or yellow). It’s easy to install with double-sided tape or adhesive.

Maxsa 21" x 11" x 2" Parking Mat
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Wall Bumpers

Wall bumpers aren’t necessarily a garage parking aid but a way to cushion the blow when you make a mistake.

Especially if you have a narrow garage, it’s easy to open your car door into the wall.

Wall bumpers act as a cushion to prevent damage to your car if you open your door into yo garage wall.

The Ampulla GWP01 wall bumpers are the best on the market. They’re easy to line up and install on several different surfaces, even over curves and corners.

They’re made from a 1/4″ cushioned material that’s scratch resistant and eco-friendly. It can withstand over 300 pounds (136kg) of direct impact force from your car door.

I wouldn’t recommend testing that limit, however. The Ampulla bumpers may be able to take it, but your door probably wouldn’t.

Ampulla GWP01 Ultra-Thick Garage Wall Protector (2-Pack)
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Convex Mirrors

This is one of the lowest-tech parking aids you can get.

We commonly see convex mirrors on the road to help drivers go around blind corners.

However, placing a few mirrors in your garage’s blind spots can also help you park your car without hitting your garage walls.

You can pick up convex (wide-angle) mirrors at most hardware stores.

One highly recommended mirror is by a company called Kiloxa. This 12″ mirror comes with a mount that lets you attach it to one of your garage walls.

A few of these in each corner of your garage will help you see everything on all sides of your vehicle.

By themselves, they’re an adequate solution. However, they’re best used with one of the other garage parking aids mentioned earlier.

12" Adjustable Convex Mirror for Garages and Driveways
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Additional Ways to Park Safely in Your Garage

Even if you have a few of these parking aids in your garage, it won’t guarantee that you’ll stop hitting your garage walls. Accidents happen.

However, you can do a few things to make them less frequent.

Take It Slow and Steady

Perhaps the best advice is to slow down.

We recommend having some parking aid, particularly if you have a small garage. However, simply slowing down when you’re pulling into your garage will go a long way to stopping accidents before they happen.

No matter how long you’ve been driving, focus on getting your car safely into your garage instead of speeding into it.

Clean Up Your Junk

The more junk on your garage floor, the more likely you will have an accident.

If you’re training a new driver, clearing everything out of your garage might be easier, including tools, bicycles, lawnmowers, etc. Once they get the hang of the parking process, you can slowly start to move everything back inside.

When you don’t have enough garage space to comfortably park your car, it’s time to clean it out.

If you’re like me, you probably hate cleaning out your garage.

I created a plan to declutter your garage in small chunks, so it’s manageable. It also works as a weekly or monthly maintenance system, so once your garage is clean, it never gets out of control again.

If your garage is messier than you want, I recommend checking out that article.

Install Better Lights

If you can’t see in your garage, you’re much more likely to run into the walls or cabinets. In most garages, the light from our garage door openers isn’t enough.

One of the best things I did was to upgrade my garage lighting with hardwired LED shop lights. I even added some motion-sensing lights that would turn on automatically whenever they detected movement.

It’s easy to misjudge the positioning of your vehicle when it’s dark in your garage. Even experienced drivers have difficulty figuring out where to park without a light source.

Wrapping It Up

Parking inside your garage can be tricky, especially if you’ve got a cluttered garage with poor lighting.

A garage parking aid ranging from bumpers and mats to laser guides could help you stop hitting your garage walls. At the very least, you can go with the tried-and-true tennis ball on a string parking aid.

Any of these ideas will help you safely park your car in your garage, no matter what else is in the way.

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Tim Wells

Tim Wells, the founder of Garage Transformed, has been featured in dozens of home renovation publications, including, Home Stratosphere, House Digest, Livingetc, and SFGate. Since 2018, he has helped over two million people transform their everyday garages into something they can be proud of. He lives in Central Florida with his wife and bulldog.