Parking: How to Park Your Car in a Covered Garage lot Prevent Hitting Door or Wall
Is driving scratched, dings cars a choice?
You may have seen cars that are in pristine condition on one side but have major scratches on the opposite side -- or even both sides. You may have also seen vehicles with lots of dings on the doors, scratches, and even worse -- deep scrapes on the sides near the fenders, bumpers and the doors.
Some people may give up, become complacent and satisfied with driving a car that's looks as if it has been in a wreck. In fact, the car may have been bought in that condition.
Why would someone drive a car with dents, dings and scratches? Due to the cost of car body repair, they may have decided to let well enough alone and convinced themselves that it's ok to keep driving a damaged car because at least it gets them from point A to point B.
How to Park Your Car to Avoid Dings, Dents and Scratches
If you do not want to get dings, dents and scratches on your car, you must take preventive measures.
I, on the other hand, you have a damaged car and do not mind the dings, dents and scratches, then, more power to you.
You may know someone who likes to keep their vehicle dent-free. If so, please feel free to share my advice with them.
These instructions will keep and prevent your car from being dinged and scratched, as well as to alleviate additional car body damages, if unfortunately, your car already has a few dings.
My focus will be on how to park in a covered garage, whether you are parking in a mall, at an apartment building complex, or any parking facility where there are parking spaces with wide beams, blind corners, and narrow parking spaces.
Park Your Car with Safety First In Mind
Be aware of your surroundings, park in lighted areas and do not leave packages in clear view in your car.
The point I want to make is it is very important for you, your family and all of us to be safe, first and foremost!
How to Park Your Car When there are Beams
It can be daunting and unnerving to try to park your car in such a way to anticipate how the other person will act when they return to their car -- and your car is already parked beside theirs. In other words, before you park your car, take a look at the distance the other car's door can open and determine if there is room enough for the car door to open without hitting your car.
Even more disconcerning is the existence of large beams in covered garages. Sometimes they are square, or round and cylinder in shape.
You must be alert at all times when you are driving around these parking beams!
When making turns, even around the corner walls, be sure you leave enough room between the side of your car and the wall or beam to make the turn without scraping your car.
You may notice marks on the parking beams and walls where people have scraped their cars against the beams or the walls when either making a turn or just parking. You do not want to add your personal signature car scrape to the beam or wall by turning too closely, and scraping your car.
When Parking your car in a covered garage, should you wear sunglasses?
I suggest you remove your sunglasses while driving your car in a parking garage. The sunglasses serve no purpose while in a dark or even a lighted garage (where there is no sun), and can really impede your perception of how close your car is to the walls and beams of the garage when you are driving and making your turns.
Be alert for pedestrians who may walk around a wall in the covered garage at a moment's notice. So to be on the safe side, remove your sunglasses and be on the constant look out for pedestrians, as well as other cars.
Where to Park?
Parking Your Car -- Which car should you park next to?
Unfortunately, depending on the sometimes limited availability of ample parking spaces in the underground or covered parking garages, you may have to park right next to another car. However, you can choose which car to park beside to decrease your chances of returning to your car to find dings on your car doors.
If you see a car that is already dinged up as well as a relative new car, or one with less dings, which one would you park beside? That's right. More than likely you would park beside the new or newer car.
Please be careful that in the process of trying to park your car in a manner as to not be dinged that you ding the other newer car.
Remember, when that person returns and see you parked close beside his or her car, probably, the first thing he is going to do is examine his or her doors and fenders to make sure you have not already left a dent on the car.
The advantage of parking beside an already dented up car is the driver would probably care less how close you park to his or her car. Conversely, he or she does not care if he swings his door wide and dents your car -- since you obviously don't care about your car since you parked closely beside one that is already dented up.
Of course, sometimes you have no other choice than to park beside a dented car -- especially if there are no other parking spaces left. You can risk parking beside the dented car, but I would try to find other parking, maybe outside, around the building, etc. if no other spaces are available in the underground garage.
Park Your Car near a wall
Park your car where there is an opportunity for only one side of your car to possibly get dinged. By that I mean to park where there is a wall on your driver's side and on the passenger side there's an empty parking space. There is no way your car will be dinged on the driver's side, since you are parked beside a wall.
What I do sometimes is park as close to the wall as I can -- and then scoot over to the passenger side to get out of the car -- since there is no room on the driver's side to exit the car. By parking close to the wall, there is a lot of room on your passenger side for the other car to park without the possibility of denting your car.
Another option is to back into the parking space so the passenger door is against the wall and you can exit from the driver's side.
Of course if you park with the driver's side of your car against the wall, and you have a passenger in your front seat, your passenger should exit the car first. If the car is designed where it is a hassel to exit on the passenger side, of if there is not an immediate good place to park, then drive around and look for a more suitable parking space.
Remember, in a garage, cars are arriving and leaving parking spaces sometimes constantly -- so if you drive around and recheck for a more desirable parking space, one may become available to you after a short while.
Caution: Whatever you do -- do not park over the white line and take up two parking spaces! I've seen cars parked over the line, which may have been done intentionally, or accidentally. The end result is no one will park beside your car, but you may get a nasty note left on your windshield when you return or even worse -- a keyed car. Always park your car between the white lines.
When Parking Your Car Gauge the opening door distance
By this I mean, if there is already a car parked and you have to park your car beside it, do a visual check to see if there is enough room for them to open their door without it hitting your car.
Some SUVs have large doors with a wide circumference, so avoid parking beside them, if possible, unless there is enough "door room" for them to exit without hitting your car. Cars tend to have shorter door radius, so it will be better to park beside another car (if you are driving a car) than to park beside an SUV or a truck. Remember that some two-door sports cars have doors that open more widely than some other type cars.
If you are parking an SUV or truck, you should be considerate and not park your SUV very close to either another car or even an SUV that would cause the person to make special maneuvers in entering or exiting their car in order to avoid their doors hitting your vehicle.
When Parking Your Car -- What should you do if you scrape your car
Hopefully you are following my instructions and being very careful where and how you park your car in a parking garage.
Regardless of how careful you are, you may scrape your car or your car may still get dinged.
Try not to worry too much about the damage or think about what you should or should not have done to prevent the damage. The damange is already done. The key is to act right away to get your car back to the condition it was before it was damaged so this experience can be part of your past, and eventually fade into oblivion.
As always, get several car repair estimates before you decide on where you want your car repaired. But do not sacrifice quality for price. Sometimes it may be worth the extra dollars to get your car professionally repaired, instead of getting a botched up repair job done at a cheaper price.
Depending on the damage and the amount of your car insurance deductible, it may or may not be feasible to contact your car insurance company.
It may be to your advantage to pay for the repairs, and not risk your insurance rates going up, even though the chance of this happening may be small -- especially if you have full coverage.
Look Mom! No Dings!
After following my advice, you may be able to boast that your car is and remains ding free.
You were attentive, took my parking advice, and now you know how to park your car in a covered garage.
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