I’ve had two coworkers exclaim that this was an awesome idea, so I figure that makes it blog-worthy.. See if I can get an animated gif of this going .. eh, not that good, but I’ll leave it.
How did I do it?
Step 0.1. Acquire tablet screen protectors. Beautiful Wifeling, who loves hunting for stuff, found them at a dollar store.
Step 0.7. Apply tablet screen protector to backup camera screen. This involved some scissor work. Be amazed at how the polarization is just a little different, when seen through polarized glasses.
Step 1. Find empty abandoned parking lot. Where the parking lines all line up. In my case, its at my work-building.
Step 1.1 Acquire dry erase markers and sharpie.
Step 2. Get the Backup Lines figured out. Line up the car with the wheels touching one line evenly, and then trace onto the screen protector with the dry erase marker. Note that due to lens configuration its not a straight line, its slightly curved. If you’re really good, you could probably lift a fingerprint from this image.
Step 3. Get the hard turn lines figured out
- Start out parked in a parking spot.
- Pull out, avoiding hitting the imaginary parked cars next to you, and turning the wheel as far as possible when possible, till you’re in the street and lined up.
- Trace the outline of the parking spot with dry erase marker.
- Test it out by trying to back into the spot. You may have to adjust.
- Once you’re sure, then go over it with a sharpie.
Step 4. Profit
I have earned at least 27 self-credits at the good reverse parking jobs I’ve done. Go me. I’ll spend them on some ice cream.