St. George, SC Parking Lot Striping
Parking Lot Wheel Stops
Parking, especially parking backward, requires an experienced and safe driver. Wheel stops are a very useful and simple tool designed to make parking fast, easy and safe. As a rule, wheel stops for cars are used to prevent car accidents in narrow and short parking lots. When losing control, a driver may drive into curbs, buildings or other cars. For large vehicles, it is even more important to predict all the risks and avoid all the dangers.
All wheel stops are the same in width, 12 inches. Wheel stops’ height usually varies from 9 to 10 cm. In most cases, their length equals 4, 6 or 8 inches. The length is an important factor when it comes to buying the wheel stops. The longer the item is, the greater is its overall size, hence its price. There exist a wide range of wheel stops with various dimensions, weight, and price to suit all sizes of vehicles. One more thing to remember is that the distance between these equipment items and curbs should not be less than 60 cm. If wheel stops are used to prevent vehicle contact with a wall, an extra 20 cm should be added to this distance. Also, wheel stops higher than 10 cm are not recommended to be used in the parking lots.
ADA Wheel Stop Requirements
You might ask, are there any specific requirements regarding wheel stops? In general, wheel stops are not required to be installed in every parking lot. Though in some parking lots there might appear a risk of a vehicle intruding into the road if it is located in front of the parking lot. In this case, ADA regulations oblige to put wheel stops in a specific place.
Pavement Marking Coloring
Parking lot maintenance companies offer a wide of services among which are pavement marking striping and restriping. When talking about colors, each type of pavement markings should conform to the standard specified in the “Color Specifications for Retroreflective Sign and Pavement Marking Materials”. There are 4 main colors for pavement markings, namely, yellow, white, red, and blue.
Yellow pavement marking designates loading zones, no parking, and visitor parking areas. Yellow paint is also used for lines that separate opposing flows of traffic. White pavement markings in the parking lot mark transverse markings (crosswalks, words, symbols). Also, white lines separate one-way traffic lanes or mark their right edge. Pavement markings painted red designate one-way roadways, ramps and other. In parking lots, red is used to forbid parking in fire lanes and no parking zones. Blue is used to emphasize handicap parking spaces a minimum number of which must be calculated separately for each parking lot according to in ADA compliance standards.