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Roadsterstu

Reversing skill deficit

What an arse I am. Did this against a brick wall whilst reversing down a car park at the local hospital. I was watching a brick wall behind me in the mirrors but didn't realise there was a brick wall ahead of it and effectively camouflaged against it.
There's a good 200 to 400 quids worth of damage there so I've bought a used bumper from Ebay. And some reversing sensors!

Twelfth Monkey

Sorry to see/hear!
TreVoR

Ouch!
Bob Sacamano

I nearly came a cropper like this the other week in Aberdeen. I was reversing the hire car into a space listening for the beeps of the reversing sensor, going further and further back, hearing nothing until I decided that was enough. I got out and checked the back and you couldn't have got a sheet of paper between it and the wall. Turns out the car didn't have reversing sensors.
Alf McQueef

Easily done. I always wonder whether reversing sensors pick out every shape of object. Before I had them, I had some incidents with low posts and low walls in front of other walls, you think you are reversing up to what you can see, then bang!
Frank Bullitt

Disappointing - I would have expected the Volvo to decimate the wall, what has the world come to...

Easily done, Mrs FB managed to cause a small mark on the back of the DS4 as she had forgotten our windowsill over sails where we park the car by about 1ft - I say 'forgotten' but what I mean is 'hadn't given a first thought to'.

Don't get me on about the time she drove the smart car in to the house either...
gooner

Bob Sacamano wrote:
I nearly came a cropper like this the other week in Aberdeen. I was reversing the hire car into a space listening for the beeps of the reversing sensor, going further and further back, hearing nothing until I decided that was enough. I got out and checked the back and you couldn't have got a sheet of paper between it and the wall. Turns out the car didn't have reversing sensors.


Parking sensors have made me completely paranoid when parking a car without them!
BeN

I find that some reverse sensors have a bit of a "cry wolf" element to them. On my Dad's old Corolla I would often hear the sensors beeping madly, only to find that there's still plenty of space left to reverse into. Over time I've learnt to rely on them less and stick to using visual judgement.

Reverse cameras, on the other hand, can be incredibly useful.
Frank Bullitt

The DS4 goes to 'continuous noise' as 30cm, so back it up a bit more and job done.

I don't have an issue transferring from one car with them to my A2 without but then it's a piece of piss to park
Blarno

I always park the Postbox this way.
PR

I almost came a cropper when I was reversing what is now my car into a space at the dealer after I test drove it, as the thought didn't enter my mind that it might not have parking sensors (it doesn't).

This is my closest shave so far...



Stuntman

You could get a bus through there, Piers...
Martin

That's precision parking!

It's very tight not putting parking sensors on a car at that price point.  I wouldn't want to do without them, I sometimes think surround view would be really useful too.
Big Blue

I can confirm surround view is the fucking dogs bollocks. It means having checked one area with SV you concentrate on some other area. It's made me look like a right tool as you're super-cautious; I mean what excuse have you got for a parking knock with all that going on.
Roadsterstu

Bumper has arrived. Need the sensors to turn up then I can get it all fitted.
Chris M Wanted a V-10

Twelfth Monkey wrote:
Sorry to see/hear

+1

400 may be a little over-the-top as Chips-Away etc charge around 150 to 200 for local "making good"; a new bumper seems a little OTT to me. but once you've had parking sensors, you'd never want to be without them.

Younger daughter mishjudged the front of the repaired Fiesta a few weeks ago and did some horrendous-looking damage to the new front bumper, as I found out when washing and polishing the car at the week-end, first time she'd been home for some months.  However a few minutes with a touch-up paint stick has disguised the worst of them
Roadsterstu

The price range depends on where it goes - bodyshop or smart repair. Chips Away did a smaller area of damage on it last year at 140. The plastic wasn't gouged like that, though. I had a quote from a bodyshop at over 300. This is the 3rd time in 12 months that bumper has been damaged. Neighbour's relative reversed into it on the drive a year ago, last autumn it was again reversed into on the drive and now this.

Sorry to hear about the Fiesta. Did she know she had done it?
Chris M Wanted a V-10

Roadsterstu wrote:

Sorry to hear about the Fiesta. Did she know she had done it?

Yes she knew.... she thought she had touched a hedge and didn't realise there was a wall over which it had grown until it was too late.... there was a sort of brick-wall pattern of white/light grey primer on half of the front bumper so I kind-of-guessed what had been hit
Roadsterstu

Fitted replacement bumper. Also fitted cheap Ebay reversing sensor. Which is shite. I will either remove it or buy something better. I never learn!

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