How Safe Is Your Parking Lot?

How Safe Is Your Parking Lot?

Nothing beats the look of a freshly paved asphalt parking lot. Installing a lot in your business or housing project is a great way to attract customers/tenants and make life easy for your employees.

But guess who will be liable for injuries or property damage? That’s correct, you.

Depending on the nature and location of commercial property, your parking lot may be the most dangerous place on the premises. And that’s why you should think about how safe your parking lot is.

As the premier asphalt paving company in Stockton (and the Greater Stockton area), Action Asphalt can help you pave and maintain safer parking lots, saving you from costly liabilities in the long run. Click here to get a free estimate.

Here’s how you can make your lot safer.

Direct Traffic Flow

To start, accidents in parking lots can be fatal, even with slow-moving cars. To prevent collisions, you should manage the proper traffic flow. This includes installing visible signs for speed limits, parking hours, and types of vehicles allowed on your lot.

You should also ensure that all parking spaces, lanes, and pedestrian areas are clearly marked. Faded or damaged line stripes can cause traffic hazards on your property, and you should call your asphalt paving contractor to repaint them as soon as possible. 

ADA Compliance

The Americans With Disability Act (ADA) stipulates that you have a specific number of disabled parking spots on your premises and that these should be clearly marked. There are other guidelines as well on how to make your pavement assets more accessible for people with disabilities.

Once again, talk to your contractor about how to make your parking lot ADA compliant.

Fix Damage

Asphalt maintenance is the key to avoid driving-related accidents and injuries on a commercial parking lot. Cracks and potholes not only damage vehicles, but they also increase the risk of tripping. That’s why you shouldn’t delay asphalt repairs, and also sealcoat your parking lot regularly.

Clean The Surface

Debris and oil stains also make driving/walking dangerous. Hence, you should clean your parking lot regularly. You should also go for pressure washing after every year or so. Debris left on the parking lot can also lead to drainage problems.

Improve Drainage

Parking lots with poor drainage are both safety and health hazards. A slippery surface is dangerous to drive over, and pooling water can lead to contamination and all kinds of diseases. Drainage issues can occur due to missing or broken drainage features (like catch basins) or if your asphalt paving contractor didn’t grade the surface properly.

These are some of the ways you can make your parking lot safer. Note that these tips are related to the paving and maintenance aspects of parking lot safety. You should also talk to your insurance company and local law-enforcing authorities to explore further options. As the premier asphalt paving company in Stockton (and the Greater Stockton area), Action Asphalt can help you pave and maintain safer parking lots, saving you from costly liabilities in the long run. Click here to get a free estimate.