How a Speed Hump compares to a Speed Bump

Controlling traffic speed in a private community or commercial parking lot is a challenge. A first step would be the installation of signage. Another action that can be taken is to install an impediment in the road to reduce the speed of vehicular traffic to an appropriate level.

Two impediment options commonly considered to maintain an appropriate traffic speed are to install a Speed Hump or a Speed Bump. The question then becomes, what is the difference between these two options.

When deciding on an approach, considerations should go beyond the regular vehicle traffic that occurs on a normal day. There should also be an awareness that emergency and city maintenance vehicles will need to use these roads or thoroughfares.

Speed Bump

Speed BumpA Speed Bump is a single impediment piece attached directly to the road. A Speed Bump will generally slow traffic to 5 miles per hour. Installation of a Speed Bump is a single piece attached directly to the road conforming to the contour of the road’s surface.

 

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A Speed Hump is more gradual than a Speed Bump. There are three parts to a Speed Hump. There is the core and, additionally, male and female end caps. The end caps are installed on the front and back of the hump. This design causes the Speed Hump to have a more smooth transition.

The speed of vehicles is reduced to 15 or 20 miles per hour. Emergency vehicles, such as an ambulance, police car or fire truck, are not as drastically impaired from a Speed Hump as from a Speed Bump.

As we stated in our post Installation and Use of a Rubber Speed Hump

This can be a crucial requirement on private community roads and commercial parking lots to reduce risk of traffic accidents.

Signage

traffic_safety_signs_reflectivityIn addition to the use of a Speed Hump or a Speed Bump, another effective tool is the addition of signage. Signs further protect the walking or cycling public. Signs are an effective visual for walking traffic, cyclists and motorists.

If you require traffic signs, speed humps or speed bumps, contact us at Traffic Safety Direct. We can assist you in your selection or develop a custom solution to meet your specific needs.

A Curb Stop Can Reduce Risk During The Last Few Feet Of Your Commute

Navigating our car the last few feet, as we arrive at our destination, can be challenging. These last few moments can all too often end disastrously.

Some say this is because we lose focus on the details of our driving as we come to the end of our drive. We may subconsciously feel we have completed our commute. But, in reality, we are still moving as we enter the garage or parking space. The loss of mental focus together with the continuation of our vehicle’s movement are an unhelpful combination.

rubber-curb-stopsParking lot accidents are extremely common, as are accidents close to home. Automotive Fleet Magazine discusses the impact of this issue on Fleet Managers in their post Top 10 Things to Know About Parking Lot Collisions;

Dings and dents may not seem all that scary or stressful in the context of highway collisions and incidents. But, the fact is, collisions in parking lots are among the most common accidents fleets experience and can cost a company more time and money than fleet managers may realize

The result may be just dented fenders and minor damage to a building or a home garage. But, this can cost money and cause tremendous inconvenience. All of this can be avoided with some simple measures.

A curb stop or rubber parking stop can be an ideal solution for parking lots and garages, for both commercial or personal use.

A curb stop is different from a speed bump, which we have discussed in a previous post, Controlling Speed on Private Roads. A speed bump is designed to be placed in the middle of the road.  A car then needs to reduce its speed to comfortably go over a speed bump. The result is speed control in residential or commercial areas such as streets and parking lots.

A curb stop or rubber parking stop is different in that it effectively guides drivers as they enter a parking space. A curb stop can safely provide physical feedback to the driver to let them know when to stop the car and the boundaries of the parking spot.

Whether you run an outdoor commercial lot, manage a parking garage, or are a homeowner, this is an excellent solution to reduce those accidents that occur during the last few feet of a commute.

At Traffic Safety Direct, we offer a large selection of low-cost recycled rubber curb stops. More impact resistant than concrete or plastic curb stops, our rubber parking stops are an inexpensive and durable safety solution.

Prevent damage to your garage walls or demark a parking spot in the driveway with our Home Curb Stops

For more information, contact us at 888-260-3246

 

 

 

 

 

Controlling Speed on Private Roads

Many of us have been there. We lose our temper with a misbehaving motorist and yell out, “you don’t own the road, you know!”

Interestingly, he may actually own that road. If he is a member of a Home Owner’s association (HOA) and you are within that gated community or sub-division, that road may be owned and maintained by the Home Owners’ Association.

Great responsibility comes along with the right to own a road. Along with maintenance and snow removal, it is also the responsibility of the HOA to control the speed of the motorists. In residential communities, you will see home owners, children and pets close to the street, and even in the street, playing and talking. This can be a dangerous situation if speed is not controlled within the community.

Speed BumpMany communities that manage private roads prefer to keep the speed limit at 20 miles per hour or less. A vehicle traveling at a speed greater than 15 or 20 MPH can prove to be a hazard to the residents of the community.

Private Roads can post a speed limit by installing speed limit signs. Enforcing the speed limit can become quite challenging, however. Some Home owners’ Associations will attempt to charge the resident member a fine for their violation or a guest of the resident that violated the speed limit.

Another recourse the Home Owners’ Association has is to install speed bumps. A speed bump’s purpose is to reduce vehicle speeds by providing a low-level obstacle.

However, regulations and laws regarding speed bumps in your area should be researched. As stated in The Houselogic post Stop Drivers From Speeding in Your Neighborhood

Procedures vary by state or even community, but in general the next step is to contact the local director of traffic or transportation. If you live in a private community, reach out to your homeowners association first.

There are regulations regarding placement and installation of the speed bumps. These regulations differ, so the municipality and other governing bodies of the community must be contacted by the Home Owners’ Association to ensure compliance is adhered.

Private communities or commercial areas with parking lots can consider speed bumps as a deterrent to drivers exceeding safe speed levels for areas with active pedestrians and cyclists.

At Traffic Safety Direct, we offer rubber speed bumps constructed from 100% recycled tires. Our speed bumps are preformed to implement immediate installation. Our speed bump flexible design conforms to the contour of virtually any road surface. For more information, contact us at 888-260-3246