Did you know one in five automobile accidents occurs in a parking lot? Though there are often reduced speeds in these areas, fender benders are more likely to occur in parking lots than on open roadways. So, how can you limit the number of accidents that occur in your own parking lot?
- 1. Create Safe Intersections
Create safe intersections and reduce vehicle collisions by posting STOP signs at all unsignalized intersections. Do your part to reduce accidents in your own parking lot by equipping it with the right traffic controls. Post STOP signs, for example, in visible areas to reduce accidents at intersections in your parking lot. Available in different sizes, reflective finishes and wordings, you can single-handedly prevent accidents from happening in your lot.
- 2. Designate Parking Areas
Comply with ADA standards by posting the correct amount of accessible parking and van accessible signs in your parking lot. Organize your parking spaces to designate reserved areas for guests and visitors, and block off parking with No Parking Signs for fire lanes and unsafe areas.
- 3. Control Speed
The higher the speeds traveled in your parking lot, the more likely it is that serious accidents and injuries will occur. Urge individuals to drive at reduced speeds while in your parking lot. Use Speed Limit signs to remind people of lowered speed limits in your lot and take advantage of speed bumps, humps and curbs to prevent vehicles from gaining excess speed.
- 4. Direct Traffic Flow
Visitors and employees should be able to quickly understand the designated flow of traffic throughout your parking lot. Use signs and pavement markings to identify entrances, exits, traffic flow directions and do not enter lanes.
- 5. Design Safe Crosswalks
Increase pedestrian safety by setting up crosswalks in your lot. The most important part of designing crosswalks involves making them highly visible. Paint your crosswalks to be a minimum of six feet wide in either traditional parallel lines or a high-visibility crosswalk pattern. Regardless of your crosswalk design, be sure to call attention to it with proper Pedestrian Crossing signage.
From our traffic and parking signs to speed bumps, humps and curbs, Seton has everything you need to improve safety and security in all your parking lots. Just give our team of professionals a call at (877) 859-2155 or visit Seton.com to find safety solutions for every challenge.
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