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I don't know who you are, but I owe you dinner...

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by Panoz, Aug 28, 2015.

  1. Panoz

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    I've scoured the TMC website and the Tesla forums trying to find the original post, but I can't. All I know is that I'm grateful.

    Someone responding to a post about a damaged bumper (it was ripped off after driving over a curb) posted a rule of thumb: line up the bottom of your side-view mirror with the object you're trying to avoid and you'll never hit it. They said it always works, regardless of vehicle.

    I have a very rare car (Panoz) that is known for low skirt in the front just ready to be damaged. I tried the technique and it works!

    Whoever your are, you saved me any future bumper damage on any car. Dinner on me.
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  2. TEG

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    Always reverse park model S when you see cement parking curbs | Forums | Tesla Motors



     
  3. Panoz

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    Hey! Thanks! JordanRichard gets dinner when/if I see him...
     
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    jordanrichard deserves reputation points in addition to the dinner. I avoided damage to my Tesla due to his post, although I cannot say the same about several other cars.
     
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    I also watch the reflection of my car in the car next to me to gauge the space I have left in front. Works like a charm... just make sure you park next to well maintained cars!
     
  6. Panoz

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    The reflection? Meaning you match up the wheel reflection of their car with yours or something?
     
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    From a good friend who is also the director of the National Institute of Driver Behavior,
    "For the application with the curbs used for parking tire stoppers, I would recommend that the car be stopped as the view of the curb at ground level begins to reach the passenger side mirror. That should place the vehicle's bumper about a foot away from contacting the cement barrier. It is always best for each driver, in each vehicle, test out this reference point in a parking lot with lines. Get out of the car and see how accurate the relationship is. Then when used with a curb it is extremely important that the curb at ground level is viewed, not the top of the curb, as the top of the curb is not a constant as there are various curb heights, but only one ground level."



    I'll just add that he advocates backing up, versus head in parking, wherever possible.












     
  9. JustSam

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    agreed! backing up is also easier to get out =) love this post!
     

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