It’s the strength of asphalt that makes it a popular paving option for private, public and government/municipal use. From driveways to parking lots, sidewalks to highways, asphalt is a great choice.
ASPHALT PAVING IS SAFER TO DRIVE ON THAN OTHER MATERIALS
Asphalt paving has water managing qualities – which means it has high skid resistance.
Excessive surface water is the root cause of a lot of traffic accidents and fatalities across the US every year. Open-graded asphalt allows rainwater to drain right through the pavement’s surface, helping reduce the amount of surface water vehicles have to drive though.
Asphalt’s dark color has multiple benefits too. It provides high contrast with the color of the road markings (just think of concrete’s lack of color contrast with white and yellow paint marking). This gives drivers more visibility during difficult weather conditions, helping reduce accidents on the road.
On top of that, the darker color of asphalt doesn’t just provide better visibility for road markings, it also reduces glare – making driving more comfortable and less straining on drivers’ eyes.
Asphalt’s color also causes ice and snow to melt faster (black absorbs heat a lot quicker than lighter colors) – which means less snow shoveling.