3 Parking Lot Safety Tips for Winter
Whether your commercial property is located in a place that sees consistent heavy snowfall or enjoys balmy winter weather, preparing for the winter months is important, as cold weather is only one element that impacts driving safety. Also to be considered are the shortened days and rainier weather in which slick, if not icy, pavement lead to more dangerous driving and walking conditions. If you own, operate, or otherwise manage a parking lot, then now is an important time to assess your property and whether or not you need to invest in some work to improve parking lot safety, including snow removal.
Parking lot safety is not something to be discounted. According to a report by the National Safety Council, over 50,000 accidents occur in commercial garages and parking lots every year and these accidents cause an average of over 60,000 injuries and 500 deaths. Every year. As the owner or operator of a commercial parking lot, these collisions can impact you in a very big way, as similar to workplace accidents and personal injuries, they open your company up to lawsuits, and when an employee is involved, the costs associated with that employee as well (i.e. hiring and training a temporary or replacement worker while also settling injury claims). So, don’t let your parking lot be the site of the next collision, be proactive and ensure you are following these three important tips for winter parking lot safety:
3 Top Parking Lot Safety Tips for Winter
- Establish a clear flow of traffic. Parking lots can be incredibly hectic places, as drivers hurry to find spaces, back up, and drive out. If you are operating an employee-oriented parking lot, then shift changes can be especially problematic, as fifty or more cars all try to leave at the same time. Similarly, commercial shopping parking lots can become quickly overfilled during peak shopping days and hours. A parking lot or garage that does not have a clear flow of traffic risks many accidents caused by drivers backing up and driving in the wrong direction or cutting across areas. This can be especially problematic in winter with the extended darkness and when traffic markings on the asphalt are covered with snow. Making sure that your parking lot is clear of snow and extra debris will help the flow of traffic greatly.
- Provide bright lighting. We may no longer be children, but that doesn’t mean our wariness of the dark should go away. Dark environments are harder to navigate and can lead to a higher incidence of car accidents. Protect your employees and customers by upgrading your lights and ensuring all areas are well-lit. Pay special attention to all of your pedestrian areas, spaces around dumpsters and recycling receptacles, and at all turns. This is especially important, as when snow is prominent in your parking lot, people need to be able to see where they are walking to reduce the risk of personal injury and car accidents.
- Ensure your pavement is properly cared for. Water can reduce the lifespan of concrete, and parking lot maintenance, including snow removal, is crucial. Ongoing parking lot maintenance should also include the regular investigation of any and all potholes, cracks, and other asphalt imperfections. Such potholes and cracks can cause everything from a pedestrian slip and fall accident to a major car accident. Snow covers up these imperfections, making it that much more essential to the safety of your customers and employees.
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Keep your employees, customers, vendors, and other guests safe this winter by keeping all areas of your commercial property safe and secure — including your parking lot and garages. Our team can help you with snow removal, ensuring that your business provides a safe environment. Contact our team to learn more.