While there are many ways to ensure traffic safety in a commercial lot, one of the best additions is to limit excessive speed with speed bumps or humps. These installations are often added at pedestrian crossings or other high-traffic areas.
Speed bumps and humps are vital elements of property safety, but they cannot be installed willy-nilly. Every state, including Maryland and the DC area, has specific guidelines and regulations for traffic installations. Therefore, before contacting a professional to install a speed bump on your commercial property, make sure you are aware of the requirements of these safety features.
Differences Between a Bump and Hump
While adding a speed bump or hump will help reduce driver speed, each device will affect the speed in different ways. Understanding how you want to control speed will help you determine whether a speed bump or hump is required.
A speed bump is used to reduce a vehicle’s speed dramatically. The height of the bump plays a role in speed reduction. Because bumps are effective for quick speed reductions, they are best installed in high-foot traffic areas, like pedestrian crossings.
Speed humps do not work as quickly as bumps and are less of a shock to the driver. Humps work by slowly rocking the vehicle over the obstacle. Commercial parking lots do not always require humps, but if a complex is large enough, it can mimic a residential area, where humps are most effective.
Permanent Installation or Temporary Deterrent?
What does your facility need: a permanent installation or a temporary deterrent? If permanence is what you are after, look into asphalt speed bumps and humps. If a temporary fix is all you’re after, check out our rubber options.