Do you know the science behind those parking lot stripes? It’s not simply lines painted in the lot floor for aesthetics. Parking lot stripes help in the organization and safety in parking lots. It is surprising to know that there are 50,000 parking lot accidents recorded, on average, annually. This resulted in 500 deaths and approximately 60,000 injuries. Although these accidents are seldom serious, it still costs both parties time, money, and unnecessary stress.
Commercial spaces allow a designated lot for customer parking. This also gives their customers’ the convenience of leaving their vehicles nearby. These parking lots are required to have parking stripes for many good reasons. One is safety. When people see lines to mark boundaries, the chances of accidents go lower. Door ding usually happens when cars are parked very close to each other. Following parking lot stripes will prevent this from happening. Pedestrian lanes are strategically placed where people are safe to cross. Seeing these lines will remind the driver to slow down and give way to the people who are crossing. These lines avoid confusion to both the pedestrians and driver as they no longer will assume who goes when and where. There are also pointers or signs for entrances, exits, and driveway. Having these guidelines improve the traffic flow in the area.
As business owners, it is important to know these details and be ready for contractors offering their services. There’s a lot to know about parking lot striping such as site preparation, ADA guidelines, costs, paints, parking stalls, and sizes. Parking stall angles and sizes have standard dimensions that need to be followed based on the state’s requirements. These strict measurements are all made to ensure the safety of the vehicles moving inside the lot.
Knowing these things allow you to have an informed decision when presented with options. It is good to have a contractor that completely understands what they need to do and why they do things. Lives are on the line whenever parking lot stripes are not done well. Contractors are expected to be knowledgeable about all this to make sure that both the employees and customers are safe within their premises.