From the creation of speed bumps made out of concrete to striping for parking lots to seal coating and sealing concrete cracks, there are many reasons that paving companies and other road services are hugely important there in the United States. After all, we travel so much by road nowadays that the condition of these roads is vastly important all throughout the country, an importance not only to the quality of our drives, but to the safety of our driving experiences as well. With well paved and cared for roads, traveling by car becomes a much safer thing indeed.
And the paving industry is certainly one that is highly valued here in the United States, and highly needed to. As a matter of fact, the year of 2017 alone saw a total revenue of more than $35 billion for various paving related expenditures, meaning that many a paving company was able to thrive and potentially even grow in recent past, let alone now, in the present and the soon to be future.
Of course, this paving industry is in part so successful because of all the people who work for it, and this employment conversely helps to keep job employment rates high and unemployment rates as low as they can possibly be. As a matter of fact, more than 280,000 people currently have jobs in some aspect of the paving industry, of which there are more than the average person might actually realize. In addition to this, nearly 200,000 separate paving businesses are currently thriving all throughout the country, providing jobs for many of the people mentioned just above.
And paving companies certainly play an important role in helping our roads to stay in tip top shape – or at least as close to that as is reasonable and possible. But though proper and routine paving servicing can help roads to stay as aesthetically pleasing and appealing as is possible, this is not the main purpose of well paved roads, and certainly not the main benefit. In addition to this, well paved roads are also safer roads.
Take, for instance, the speed bumps made out of concrete. Speed bumps made out of concrete or even asphalt can be found on many a residential road. These speed bumps made out of concrete can help to prevent pedestrian accidents, as cars cannot zoom down these streets and exceed the speed limit by any significant amount. In this way, speed bumps made out of concrete help to keep the residents of these streets safe from any traffic dangers – and speed bumps made out of concrete also help to enforce the law by keeping cars at a reasonable speed for the limit that has been designated for whatever road is in question (usually a relatively low one for any given residential street).
In addition to the use of speed bumps made out of concrete to help to improve safety for all people on the road and around it, proper and well kept paving can actually help to keep cars and other such motor vehicles in good condition for longer as well, something that has been backed up by a number of studies. As a matter of fact, these studies have even shown that cars that are driving on smooth roads will actually use less fuel than cars and other such motor vehicles that drive on bumpy roads – saving about 10% of their gas, which might not seem like all that much but will certainly add up over the course of time. In total, poorly kept roads can actually cost the typical driver as much has $400, accumulated over the course of the typical year.
And well kept roads will actually save money in the long run, as such roads that have been regularly serviced will last for longer than roads that are left to fall into disrepair. In fact, pavement that is well cared for and kept smooth has even been found to last longer, sometimes by as much as 10% in total longevity. Sometimes this longevity can even be increased by as much as 25% when all is said and done.