Ideas to Make a Parking Block

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Ideas to Make a Parking Block
Car parks have parking blocks to help confine cars to a single parking spot. (Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

Parking blocks are long blocks, typically made of cement, used to help drivers settle their cars into parking spacing without parking too far forward. When a car's front wheels tap the parking block, the car cannot move forward anymore and this alerts the driver that he is in a sound location to put the car in park. Creating a parking block in your driveway or garage helps you determine appropriate parking spacing so you do not disrupt greenery just outside your driveway or storage items in your garage.

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Rubber Wheel Stops

Rubber wheel stops are small rubber blocks that are inserted into the ground to help both front wheels of a car stop in an ideal location. The two blocks are used with one at one location for one wheel and the other at the appropriate distance to stop the other wheel. Bridging the large gap between blocks to create a solid rubber parking block prevents parking mishaps. Secure the rubber blocks so the edges match up evenly and the entire row is slightly longer than the distance from the outside of one car wheel to the other.

Concrete Planter

Parking blocks near driving way edgings alter your home's curb appeal but constructing concrete parking blocks that double as planters helps the new outdoor element blend into the home's exterior aesthetics. Select concrete blocks with large holes that are a few inches shorter than the distance from your car bumper to the ground. Align the blocks in a row with the holes facing up until your desired length is reached. Add a plant that can survive with some shade for the times when your bumper will shield the sun.

Wood

Building a wood parking block is as easy or involved as you prefer. One option is to purchase a piece of wood with the appropriate dimensions or the second option is to make a rectangle from four pieces of wood. Coat exterior wood parking blocks with weather resistant glaze to promote durability. Wood parking blocks are lightweight so anchor them into the ground. Consider using a strong wood adhesive for securing a wood parking block onto a cement garage floor.

Stone Pavers

Stone paved driveways add a unique attractiveness using design pattern variations. Incorporating parking blocks with similar but larger pavers into the design keeps the motif flowing nicely while adding a functional component. Select large pavers that are similar in colour to the rest of the design and place them into the ground for stability at the desired location. Add reflective tape to the side facing incoming cars so you can find the parking block more easily at night.

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