Product Type: JML car accessories
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JML Parking Sensors
Member Name: aefra
JML Parking Sensors
Advantages: An aid for those with a stiff neck.
Disadvantages: Has a few niggling limitations.
However, time and tide have caught up with me and after 40 plus years with a clean licence (not counting the speeding tickets in 1965) my poor old stiff neck makes me long for the annoying little man's help. When a friend told me that the rear parking sensor on her brand new car was not a factory installation, but a JML addition, I was persuaded that here was the answer to my problems.
This handy little tool comprises two ultrasonic sensors placed beneath the rear lighting covers on the vehicle. Whilst reversing the driver hears quite loud beeps, increasing in tempo the closer to an obstacle the car becomes. At the last minute the beeps become a long warning signal which says "Stop Now".
JML were offering the device at half price for £14.99 and I hastily ordered. When it arrived the few parts looked tempting for the handy motorist, but I handed the pack to my friendly mobile mechanic.
Dave first connected the sensors, helped by panels already available on my car which led the wires through the lights. However, the instructions say that they can be placed over the boot edge, provided they will not be pinched when the lid is closed. The wires are very generous in length and certainly more than enough for my little Mercedes hatchback. They led beneath carpets from the boot, under the rear seats to the unused front armrest which I keep in the up position between the driver and front passenger seats. Here the blue and white control was placed close to my left shoulder (my friend has hers simply laying in the cubby space behind her gear lever). This is chevron shaped and at 6 ½" x 3 ½" not exactly discreet, but not monstrous either.
The control has an on/off switch on the narrow end and two terminals for the wiring connected to the wider top. A jack plugged into my cigarette lighter and that was that. The whole thing is clearly not with the invisibility to be expected from factory fitting, but nonetheless acceptable. I should mention here that battery power is also possible.
When I turn the ignition key a light appears on the cigarette lighter end and a double beep tells me that the sensor is alive.
The device is useful with one or two limitations. Whilst parking in the nearby woods on the early morning dog run, it was soon evident that a post and rail fence with gaps between the rails is not solid enough to activate my sensor. No damage done though as I hadn't been too much of a trusting soul at the beginning of my relationship with the new toy. Gently bumping into a pile of compost sacks at a garden centre was not the fault of my JML. Seems that one of my dogs had managed to switch the device off with his nose whilst peering over my shoulder, despite the seat belt harness he wears.
Then there is the traffic queue! Yes, you have it! As the car behind creeps closer, so the sensor springs into guard mode and I am beeped. I shift forward, the tail-gater behind moves closer etc. I switch the darn thing off, until moving again. We must not forget the ghost bleep which I can only assume is caused by the odd leaf drifting by on a windy day. Handy, though, when I back too close to the lavender bush at the rear of my drive. I still use my driving mirrors, but do like the reassuring back up of an electronic sound.
Would I recommend the JML rear parking sensor? I believe it would be unfair to take off a star for each niggle and I am happy with it at the discounted cost. I can no longer find it at the price I paid, but Amazon are offering it at £24.99 and that is acceptable at a pinch. However, the full cost of £30 would have left me disappointed.
Summary: An audible warning when reversing.
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