Why Traffic Signs & Pavement Marking Is Important

Imagine that you need to drive to another town by one of two highways. The first highway has freshly painted centerlines, warning signs before every sharp curve, lane markings, edge lines, speed limit signs and warning signs for every merge, shoulder drop-off, intersection, dip and lane transition, but the second highway has none of these traffic signs, parking lot striping, and pavement markings. Which highway would you prefer to drive in the dark?

Why Traffic Signs & Pavement Marking Is Important

Now imagine that you can choose between two grocery stores that offer identical prices. The parking lot at the first store has vibrant stripes to mark every parking space, pavement markings to show the direction of travel, a highly visible crosswalk, stop signs where the driveway meets the street, clearly marked no-parking zones, handicapped parking spaces that are easy to identify and pavement markings before every speed bump. The parking lot at the second store is basically a plain stretch of pavement. Parking spaces are not striped, so there are cars angled to the left as well as to the right; some cars are parked at an angle of 90 degrees, and some cars are parked perpendicular to the store. Traffic aisles are impossible to determine. There are no signs or markings denoting accessible parking spaces — in fact, there are no signs or markings whatsoever. In which lot would you feel better about parking your new car?

Now imagine that you own the second grocery store. For years, your customers have complained to you about the appalling state of your parking lot. Several people have reported minor damage to their vehicles or close calls in your lot. Eventually, two expensive cars collide or a pedestrian is struck by an SUV and seriously injured. Do you have a good lawyer to defend you in the lawsuit that could follow?

Why Pavement Markings and Traffic Signs Were Invented

The scenarios discussed give you a look at how driving without signs or markings would be. What you may not know is that none of them existed when the automobile was first introduced in America. It took decades for traffic signs and pavement markings to be used, and the progress came at the expense of tens of thousands of lives, hundreds of thousands of injuries and millions of dollars in property damage. This is particularly appalling when you consider that the 1920 Ford Model T had a top speed of 35 mph — and that there were only 7.5 million vehicles of all types in the country. For comparison, there were almost 269 million vehicles registered in the United States in 2016.

History has proven that traffic signs and pavement markings make things safer for drivers, children, pedestrians and cyclists. Whether you are responsible for a parking lot, a state highway or a city street, you should make sure that your signs and markings are adequate.

All Pro Asphalt is an asphalt contractor in the Kansas City area and provides parking lot striping and installs parking lot signs, car stops, speed bumps and reflectors to help you ensure that your parking lot complies with the ADA and all local and state regulations. We also offer asphalt repair and infrared asphalt restoration, crack repair, sealcoating and concrete work. We are committed to delivering exceptional work at competitive rates. If you would like a free estimate, call 816-249-6800 or complete the online form.

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