If you operate a car park or run an organisation with a car park attached to it then you have a legal obligation to ensure your premises is safe and accessible at all times.
There are a range of challenges associated with managing car parks in winter and getting it wrong could mean:
- You risk non-compliance with QSHE or insurance small print
- Your organisation is fined for operational shutdowns due to ice and snow
- You waste money gritting your premises when it’s not needed
Why are car parks challenging to maintain in winter?
Ground temperatures versus air temperatures
The surfaces of elevated or multi storey car parks will freeze in midwinter even when the air temperature hovers above zero, thanks to a lack of ground source heat. Without accurate ground temperature forecasting it is difficult to predict when car parks need to be gritted, with a risk of drivers arriving in the morning to find icy conditions and slippery parking spaces.
Black ice and hidden dangers
In similar circumstances precipitation that is falling as rain thanks to warmer air temperatures hits the raised, cold surfaces of a car park and turns into black ice. Black ice is difficult to see and makes a car park an incredibly unsafe place. Stepping out of a car onto black ice can lead to a painful fall and there is the added risk of other drivers skidding as they try to park nearby.
How AccuGrit can help keep your car parks safe
Winter weather forecasting for car parks
If you have your own gritting or snow clearing equipment, you want to know when you need to send teams out to treat your carparks before the wintery weather arrives. Our accurate weather forecasting tools display ground temperature so that you can see whether it is just those all-important multi storey and raised car parks need to be treated, or every surface you manage.
Winter gritting and snow clearing for car parks
For total peace of mind, AccuGrit’s full winter maintenance services can be engaged as a pay-as-you grit or fixed price package, so you can rest assured that your premises are safe and accessible no matter what the weather has in store for us. AccuGrit teams use that very same Weather Cockpit® ground temperature forecasting as well as the innovative Yeti reporting system so that you can check on our progress from the warmth of your office or home.