How to Make Sure Your Gate Doesn’t Hit a Car: Understanding Vehicle Detection on Automatic Gates

Vehicle driving out of driveway gate

After your beautiful new gate is installed, you have a dinner party attended by a few of your closest friends. As your good friend Leslie leaves in his S-class Mercedes, he stops his car in the path of your automatic driveway gate so that he can get out to admire the gate’s scroll-work and artwork. Suddenly, the gate begins to swing closed.

Leslie panics, freezes, and watches in horror as your lovely gate bangs against his late model luxury car and leaves some unsightly and significant damage.

It’s not long before he’s knocking on your door, not to return Tupperware, but to ask for your insurance information or a blank check.

Keeping Vehicles Safe

Although you’d be grateful it was Leslie’s car and not his body that was standing in the way of the gate, the undoubtedly dangerous scenario can be altogether avoided if your automatic gate system is installed with vehicle detection loops.

Like the name implies, a vehicle detection device’s entire job is to detect vehicles in the path of the gate so that if the gate is closing and, in some instances, opening, and a metallic object is detected by the vehicle detection loop, the gate will reverse direction.

Financial and Legal Implications

Avoiding the costly and dangerous scenario described above is one of many reasons it’s important to work with a qualified and experienced gate contractor.

Gate installers who know the potential liability and legal implications associated with gate installations, will work to ensure your gate is installed with appropriate safety devices and will discuss your vehicle detection and other safety precaution accessory options with you.

Get in touch with a qualified gate contractor in your area.