With new products come new questions, we know those questions can put the brakes on projects you want to complete or submittals that need to be approved. We like our customers to be as informed as possible to make sure they get the right product for their project, so let's take a look at five things you should know about the difference between speed bumps and speed humps.
1. When choosing between speed bumps and speed humps it's important to gauge the speed at which you wish traffic to flow. Speed humps usually slow cars to 5-10 mph while speed bumps slow vehicles to 2-5 mph.
2. Speed humps extend the full width of the lane, while speed bumps can be much shorter.
3. Speed bumps have a steeper grade, rising about 2" over a 10" width, while the speed humps rise 2" over a 19" width. The gentler slope creates a smoother transition, while the steeper grade creates a more abrupt deceleration to the desired speed.
4. Our rubber speed bumps and humps can be removed for snow plowing in areas that experience significant snow fall. Removing the products prior to plowing extends the life of the bump or hump exponentially.
5. Speed humps are friendlier to emergency vehicles and are usually less restricted by city ordinances, though they still increase response time 8-10 seconds per pair of speed humps. If your installation area experiences frequent emergency traffic this delay in response time is certainly something to consider.
While this information may help you decide on the right product for your facility it's important to remember that local ordinances always dictate which device can be used where, always be sure to check with your local code officer.
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