On the pages of this blog, we’ve covered almost everything you need to know about asphalt and concrete driveways. How to choose the best driveway contractors. The pros and cons of concrete versus asphalt driveways. Sunken driveways. Winter driveway FAQs, and more.
But while the best driveway contractors can do everything in their power to build or repair the perfect driveway, these simple structures can still be deceptively dangerous. Fortunately, there are some easy things you can start doing as soon as your new driveway is finished, to keep it safe for kids, adults, and visitors alike.
Simple Driveway Safety Tips Anyone Can Use
1. Walking in Circles
One of the most tragic things that can happen in a driveway is a collision between a vehicle in reverse and an unseen toddler. Because young kids are so small, they can be invisible when you check mirrors especially if they’re playing or riding a tricycle. To avoid any tragic accidents, safety experts advise walking in a circle around your car before starting the engine. Four extra seconds is all it takes to make sure the driveway is a kid-free zone before you back out.
2. Slip and Fall Hazards
During the Minnesota winters, shoveling the driveway and putting down ice melt should become second nature. Not only will this make it easier to drive and park your cars safely, but ice melt can avoid slip, trip and fall hazards that put your family and your visitors at risk.
3. Let There Be Light
Even in the safest neighborhoods, you can be vulnerable in the brief journey from your driveway to your front door in the dead of night. Fortunately, driveway contractors can plan ahead for light installation, while your local hardware store will have a number of cheap exterior lighting options.
Motion-activated lights are particularly popular, and the popular website This Old House has some useful tips for safe and secure exterior lighting: “You probably already have lighting in many areas, but it is useful to take a walk around your house at night with a flashlight to identify spots that need light and to experiment with beam angles. You will quickly discover that a surprisingly few watts, carefully directed, can make an area safer and more usable after dark.”
4. Talk To Kids About Safety
Whether you’re a parent or grandparent, it’s always beneficial to have a conversation with kids about driveway safety. Teach them it’s dangerous to play behind cars, on top of cars, or to run into the street.
5. Driveway Maintenance Is a Homeowner’s Responsibility
Besides getting in hot water with your homeowner’s association, failing to maintain your driveway can create unsafe conditions. Not only could someone get hurt, but you could do damage to your vehicles that will cost you. If you have cracks, sunken driveways, or any other common driveway repair problems, contact our driveway contractors ASAP for a free estimate.