Since there are cars, the drivers are annoyed because on many models they can not tell where the car starts and where it ends. The maneuvering and especially the parking with such a car is particularly difficult and requires a lot of experience and a little bit of tact. Therefore, it has always been fiddled with which aid the exact parking can be facilitated.
Dipstick - rarely beautiful, but practical
First, they were widely used in trucks. The question is of dipsticks, which showed the driver sitting in the higher cab exactly where the lateral boundary was with his truck. These dipsticks were mounted on the front side fenders or the side endpoints of the front bumper and were so high that they were conveniently in sight from the cab. For even better visibility, a small ball was usually screwed to the end of a dipstick. However, there were the dipsticks in most cases only for the front of a truck, back had the driver still no proper view. This mechanical optical parking aid for trucks has proven itself for decades and has been replaced by electronic methods only in recent times. Also for cars this method was adopted and was popular for a while. Even for the most popular car in Germany, the Beetle from Volkswagen, there were small dipsticks as a popular accessory, which could also be retrofitted.
Retractable dipstick for the upper vehicle class
As with any, also often meaningful, fashion wave ebbed also the popularity of Peilstäben as Einparkzubehör. For luxury vehicles, however, automatically retractable dipsticks arrived. For example, the 1991 Mercedes S class got dipsticks in the rear fenders, which were activated by engaging the reverse gear and driving for good 8 cm, which made maneuvering the extremely long car much easier. Today, a dipstick as a parking aid is an accessory that can put the finishing touches to a well-restored vintage car. There are hardly any dip sticks to buy. Only with used parts on spare parts markets that have specialized in oldies, you can find something. Thus, an old dipstick for a car to a pure collector's item and can help to maintain the original condition of an old car. But as a help for parking he has had its day, modern electronic devices are better in every way, much more versatile and ultimately much cheaper.
Of course that had not happened yet!
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