Right Way to Use Your Parking Sensors and Other Safety Tips

Together with the reversing cameras, the parking sensors are safety add-ons that can help promote safety on the road. These are systems that use ultrasonic or electromagnetic sensors with a general design to detect objects in front and the back of the vehicle while parking. These parking sensors will produce audible alerts when it detects one more objects while the vehicle is parking. These devices work because of the ultrasonic sensors that are installed in the front and back bumpers. These are the ones that detect if there are objects nearby. The front sensors can detect objects up to four feet and the back sensors, on the other hand, can detect up to eight feet.

What to Do When Using Parking Sensors

It is important to properly use the parking sensors if these are installed in your car. When using the sensors, you should always listen to the audible warnings when you are parking the car. Pay attention to the intervals between the beeps. The shorter the intervals between the beeps, the closer your car to the object. The type of beeps produced also have meanings:

  • High-toned and continuous beeps will indicate that the objects are close to the front bumper.
  • Low-toned beeps should tell you that objects are close to your rear bumper.

Other Tips to Keep in Mind When Using The Parking Sensors

There are other things to keep in mind when using these sensors. Just like reversing cameras, it’s recommended not to fully rely on the parking sensors to detect all objects when parking. The sensors may have some limitations; for example, it may not detect objects that are flat on the ground or too close to your vehicle. Also, the sensors should be clean at all times. Finally, it’s still best to be aware of the surroundings. Even if your vehicle is equipped with these sensors, it’s still best to check the parking area for people and objects.