Parking lots are dangerous. There’s often little clarity for who has the right of way. Additionally, people are constantly backing out of parking spaces with a limited line of sight. Add distracted pedestrians to this mix, and it could be a recipe for disaster.
Luckily, there are many things that property managers can do to help alleviate confusion and reduce the chance of parking lot accidents.
What can be done to ease some of these challenging situations on public and private parking lots?
It is important for parking lots to have easily identifiable signage to help direct and calm traffic. Stop signs, yield signs, and directional signs should be the proper color and in good condition. When signs begin to fade, replace them with new signs. Sign maintenance decals can also be used to manage sign inventory. If a parking lot is used at night or has low lighting, purchase signs with reflective sheeting to help increase visibility. This sheet can also help extend the life of the sign.
Clearly Marked Parking Spaces:
Make sure your parking spaces are clearly marked by using new, bright white, yellow, and blue paint to identify the boundaries of a parking space. Painted lines can also help identify non-parking areas as well as pedestrian crossings. Handicapped spaces should be marked with blue and white paint on the ground and handicap signs should be placed at eye level. Stencils with pre-made shapes can help make pavement marking more efficient.
Parking stops are useful in that they help protect structures and vehicles from vehicular impact. People who manage parking lots or garages can place parking stops in each parking space. However, some choose to use them in every other space.
SA-SO Signs & Safety’s parking stops, ParkIts, are great because they are made from 100% recycled rubber. This makes them easier to transport because they are much lighter than traditional concrete parking stops that require a two-person installation. Additionally, ParkIts include a highly reflective material embedded it in making it easier to see in low light conditions. This is paramount to help increase pedestrian safety and avoid slips, trips, and falls over the ParkIt parking stop.