No matter what type of business you run, if you have a brick-and-mortar storefront, you probably have a parking lot. And no matter what level of the quality the lot has—whether it’s a gravel pit or state-of-the-art asphalt—you likely have some issues with managing your visitors. To maintain order in your parking lot, follow these tips.

  • Paint parking lines. This one may seem obvious, but if you don’t have parking lines, they can really help. Most consumers are accustomed to seeing these lines and know exactly what to do with them. Without lines, people might feel licensed to park their cars wherever they feel like it.

  • Hire a traffic director for events. If you have someone on staff who doesn’t mind directing traffic, put them outside for an event. Or you can hire someone who can hold signs and point cars to good spots. These personnel are useful especially for events where there will be a lot of people, and when cars need to park in unconventional spaces, such as in grass.
  • Install temporary or permanent gorilla posts. If you want people to park to exact specifications but you can’t send someone out to direct them, you can install a temporary or permanent gorilla posts here and there. They will clearly mark how far up a car can pull.
  • Put up parking signs. This simple tip can solve parking problems fast. Even if you don’t have a paved and painted parking lot, you can put up signs that tell where handicapped parking is and where other drivers can park.
  • Block off designated sections. You can block off designated areas of a parking lot with brightly colored gorilla posts, alerting cars to areas where they should not pull up and park.

There are many ways to bring order to a chaotic parking lot. You just have to plan how you want traffic to flow and how far up you want cars to pull when they park. It’s important to keep order in front of your business to reassure the public of your professionalism, and sometimes a parking bollard or gorilla posts is all you need.