As a business owner, you are busy with a number of responsibilities on any given day. The parking lot may not seem like it needs a lot of attention, but the parking lot is one of the first things that customers and clients see when they arrive at your business. It's important that it is kept in good condition. Not only that, but you need to be sure that your parking lot is not responsible for falls and other accidents.
Here are some mistakes you may be making with your parking lot that can cause damage and injury:
Ignoring Load on Pavement
If you have a lot of delivery trucks, garbage trucks and tractor trailers that travel into your parking lot, you may not know that those kinds of heavy loads can affect your lot over time. The weight of these vehicles can lead to cracks and other problems.
To make sure this doesn't happen, make every effort to minimize the time that these large vehicles spend on your parking lot. For instance, move your garbage dumpsters closer to the edge of the lot so that the truck need not drive all over your parking lot to reach them.
If possible, ask delivery trucks to deliver packages from the main road instead of driving through the lot.
Not Using Bumpers
As someone who owns a business, you are always looking for ways to save money. Sometimes, however, not paying for something can cost you more money in the long run. A good example of this is not buying bumpers or wheel stops for your parking lot.
Without bumpers, drivers may not stop where they should; that could lead to more fender benders in your lot. People may even involve you in legal actions because you did not equip the lot with bumpers.
Not Sealing Cracks
You may think that small cracks in the asphalt on your lot are not a big deal. After all, they are small, right? Unfortunately, small cracks can only grow over time. Not only that, but cracks allow water to get underneath your paved lot and can cause the soil underneath to shift; that can lead to more cracks.
People can also trip and fall because of cracks in the lot, and may ultimately hold you responsible. Therefore, make every effort to get crack sealing and patching done, to make sure that your parking lot remains smooth.
Now that you know some specific mistakes to avoid, be sure to take the proper actions with regard to your parking lot. That way, you can keep customers and clients safe, while ensuring that your parking lot looks clean and neat. If you need more help with your parking lot paving, contact a professional company for help.