Some owners and property management companies of commercial, industrial, or multi-family residential property consider parking lot maintenance, including having parking lot line striping done, is another cost-center expense that they would rather minimize or eliminate and sometimes don't realize that it is actually not legal to do so.
Providing your property visitors clear markings for traffic flow, such as directional arrows, stencil wording or stencil numbers to designate reserved parking spaces, no parking zones, fire lanes, designated handicap stencil for ADA-compliant accessibility, handicap ramps, hashbox walkway pedestrian crossings, parking space lines, all provide a common standard for visual guidelines for drivers to follow and visually understand parking lot traffic flows.
Use of proper parking lot paint also provides visual reflectivity to improve visibility during nighttime or rain, which helps reduce driver confusion and reduce accidents and traffic jams.
Roughly one in five of ALL car accidents happen in parking lots, according to the National Safety Council. They list 'Inadequte pavement striping, potholes or cracks, and lack of signage' as the most significant factors of pedestrian injury.
Vehicular accidents, mainly attributed to distracted driving at slower speeds, leading to a false sense of security, combined with repeated visits breeding a sense of familiarity, make drivers too confident and not pay attention. With properly marked parking lot lines combined with other visual cues designed to draw attention, you will have done your part as the property owner or management company charged with mitigating the risks associated with liability claims, when accidents do occur.
In retail centers, first impressions are critical to enticing customers to patronize retail shops, restaurants, and service-based businesses. Along with proper common-area maintenance , hardscaping/landscaping, and building exterior repair and cleanliness, the condition of efficient and convenient parking lot design and associated signage makes an enormous difference in that impression and fosters an inviting atmosphere when people decide whether to return for future visits. Increasing sales directly increases your 3NET rents, and thus your profitability of the center. Increased sales volume also entices larger brands to become tenants, which in turn bring more customers, more customers more sales, and the cycle continues. Take your retail commercial center's curb appeal seriously. Done correctly, it improves your bottom line.
When no clearly marked parking spaces exist on your property, visitors tend to park in various ways most convenient for them, such as large gaps between vehicles taking up too much space, parked crooked in a haphazard manner, parking adjacent to areas which should be designated NO PARKING zones for Fire EMS services, taking spaces which should be reserved for Handicapped patrons for close proximity and ADA ramp access. The parking situation also becomes unorganized, unsightly, and detracts from people visiting generally.
A proper well-planned parking lot layout, marked with quality pavement striping paint, takes full advantage of all square footage available in the most uniform and optimal parking lot design. This results in the highest density capacity of viable parking stalls for your visitors, optimized traffic flows, promotes organized ingress and egress, and reduces confusion and stress of your visitors to figure out where they are supposed to park and how to navigate the lot.