When you need to control traffic speed, especially in a parking area, residential community, or school zones, sometimes you need to install speed control devices. The two more effective speed devices are speed humps and speed bumps. Often people think that speed bumps and speed humps are the same thing. However, they are different and use different methods to slow down traffic. Andersen Asphalt & Striping would like to break down the difference between these speed control devices and how they work to bring more speed control.
What Does a Speed Bump Mean?
Speed bumps are a great way to control and slow down traffic. A speed bump is a device that is installed directly over the road or traffic route. A speed bump is a mound that crosses a lane. These mounds are narrow. They are only about one to three feet wide and stand between four to six inches tall. These narrow bumps in the road cause a sudden rocking motion that simply doesn’t feel good when you pass over them if you are going too fast. The sudden jolt or rocking sensation encourages drivers to slow down. Along with speed bumps, reduce speed limit signs and speed bump warnings should be posted. Together they can help slow down speeding traffic.
What is the Meaning of Speed Humps
A speed hump is similar to a speed bump in the sense it is a mound the is installed on the road. However, these mounds are designed a bit differently. A speed hump is a wider version of a speed bump. A speed hump is 10 to 12 feet wide and about three to four inches tall. The design of a speed hump makes passing over them a bit smoother. The speed hump takes longer to pass over and isn’t as high. Speed humps are less intense and help to slow down traffic but with less sensation. Again, combined with “reduce speed limit” signs and speed hump warning signs, drivers will be encouraged to reduce their speed.
Where are Speed Bumps & Humps Commonly Used?
The next question most people wonder is when to use speed bumps or speed humps. To answer this question it will depend on the traffic volume. Speed humps are effective on residential streets with traffic volume between 500 to 1500 cars per day. If the street is under 500 cars per day, speed devices are often not necessary. Speed humps are also used in speed zones of 25 mph or less. In areas with heavy foot traffic and traffic such as school zones and shopping centers, you will need to enhance speed control. This is where speed bumps come into the picture. Areas with dense traffic combined with pedestrians must have more speed control devices. Speed bumps are more abrasive and forces traffic to slow down even more. In a parking lot, speed limits should be enforced. In a parking lot, the top speed is 15 mph. To ensure speed limits are enforced, the installation of a speed bump may be required.
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Both speed bumps and speed humps help to control speed, and depending on the area, the speed control devices will vary. If you need speed control devices or other asphalt or striping services, contact Andersen Asphalt & Striping today..