Speed humps and speed bumps are techniques used to control speed on the roads. They are used to slow cars down in order to promote safety in an area where cars tend to speed. There are regulations on where and how speed bumps and speed humps can be used. This is to protect the driver and those around them.
First, what is the difference between a speed hump and a speed bump?
Speed bumps are abrupt raises in the asphalt pavement that are between 3-6 inches high and 3-6 inches wide. Speed bumps tend to slow cars down to 5 mph.
Speed humps are gradual raises that peak at between 3-5 inches high. They are typically 12-14 inches wide. Speed humps tend to slow cars down to 15 mph.
Secondly, how are they used?
Speed bumps are limited in where they can be placed. Speed bumps can cause a lot more damage than a speed hump if a car is going too fast as a result of their abruptness. If a car is going too fast over the speed pump it can cause the driver to lose control of the car. As a result, speed bumps are mostly used in parking lots or private drives since people are not driving the same speed they would on a street. It helps people to slow down and be more cognizant of pedestrians in the parking lot.
Speed humps are a little less invasive and are used in neighborhoods and small streets in order to slow cars down. They have more of a gradual rise which helps put less distress on the car when riding over it. Cars are less likely to lose control over a speed hump. Down longer streets there tends to be a network of speed humps to help regulate the street.
In both these cases there are restrictions of where speed bumps and humps can be used to control speed. Engineers have to be called in when considering to put a speed hump or bump on a side street to make sure it will not cause any problems. In addition, the emergency routes need to be considered as speed bumps and humps tend to hinder emergency groups from being able to respond quickly. In some cases, cities will not allow there to be speed humps or bumps put out if it will hinder emergency response. In colder climates where snow is an issue, the city also looks at how speed bumps and humps will affect the clearing of the streets.
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