Every 12 minutes someone dies in a motor vehicle crash, every 10 seconds an injury occurs and every 5 seconds a crash occurs. Many of these incidents occur during the workday. Whether you manage a fleet of vehicles, oversee a mobile sales force or simply employ commuters, by implementing a driver safety program starting with the way employees and visitors navigate your own parking lot you can greatly reduce the risks faced by your employees and their families while protecting your company’s bottom line. Why wouldn’t you want to save lives, reduce your companies’ liabilities and protect facility resources?
Causes of parking lot crashes include: poorly maintained facilities, congestion, backing out, unenforceable traffic laws, too much focus on finding a spot.
- Backing out – When a driver pulls “head in” into a parking space, they have to back out, creating blind spots that are harder to figure out because other vehicles are parked on either side. This makes it more difficult for a motorist to see if there’s an obstacle or pedestrian at the back.
- Too much focus on finding a spot – Looking for a vacant spot is difficult in a crowded lot, especially if it’s the holidays. Because of this, drivers tend to focus more on finding a space than on other drivers and pedestrians that might cross their paths.
- Congestion – Small parking spaces and crowded lots, especially during the holidays, pose greater risk because it means higher car and pedestrian traffic.
- No traffic laws – Traffic laws, unfortunately, can’t be fully enforced on all parking areas as many of these paved spaces are considered private properties. Without traffic laws, some drivers can get reckless, increasing their chances of getting into an accident.
- Poor parking lot maintenance – A poorly maintained parking area is a death trap. Uneven surfaces, a huge pile of snow and ice, and lighting fixtures with dim bulbs can all increase vehicle accident risks.
- Bad weather snow pile buildup restricting vision , more probable skidding out and tighter spaces
At a busy facility it’s easy to see how without proper navigational queues many find themselves frustrated, lost and or in danger. It is important to provide and enforce a well organized mapping of traffic flow around your facility ground to ensure that employees and visitors know the rules of your roads and how to get to where they need to be as seamlessly and without hazard as possible.