Speed bumps are the most effective way to slow drivers down, and increase driveway and parking lot safety. Commercially sold speed bumps are nearly always designed to be MUTCD compliant. A mutcd speed bump is one that adheres to the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices which are guidelines set up by the Federal Highway Association. A MUTCD speed bump will have manufactured specifications for safety and visibility set forth by the MUTCD.
EPDM (ethylene propylene diene monomer) rubber is often used to make EPDM speed bumps. This type of material is very durable, strong and UV resistant. Molded with highly visible safety yellow throughout, the EPDM speed bumps will not fade. Their design and weight allow these speed bumps to be installed without drilling of holes or use of mounting bolts. Their portability and easy installation allow for quick removal for maintenance work, snow removal, or traffic flow changes. EPDM rubber is very durable for various weather conditions, extreme heat or winter cold. EPDM rubber is ozone resistant, retains its flexibility and also has excellent electrical insulation qualities.
Speed Hump vs Speed Bump
Speed humps are flatter than speed bumps, typically speed humps are a wider more gradual incline. Speed humps are designed to slow traffic speeds to around 10-15 MPH, whereas speed bumps are designed to reduce speeds to approximately 2-5 MPH. Rubber speed humps can be used to reduce driving speeds while maintaining traffic flow. Hospitals, airports, school crossings and parking facilities often use speed humps. Rubber speed humps are highly visible and designed to be uniform in shape, unlike uneven built up asphalt humps. Commercial speed humps are usually made in sections of about three feet in length, which can be installed besides each other to fit the size of the speed hump desired.
Driveway speed bumps work. Parking lots and driveways are made a lot safer from the greatly reduced speed of the traffic. Drivers also are much more aware of pedestrian traffic in areas that have speed bumps. Traffic signs alone do not work nearly as well as speed bumps. Installing strategically placed driveway speed bumps will greatly increase the safety of driveway and parking areas.