3 Traffic Management Strategies for Speed Humps
The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare has carried out an analysis that’s shown that road accidents are a major cause of hospitalisation here. Everyone needs to be a more responsible road user and road safety is a great way to promote good behaviour. Many road accidents are preventable if measures, such as markings, signs, and signals, are in place. Speed is a significant factor in the severity of any traffic accidents and speed humps can help to lower traffic speeds. Let’s take a closer look at three traffic management strategies where a speed hump can help.
1. Regulating Speed
When you use rubber speed humps on your site, it’s a passive way to slow down traffic. In fact, some people may remember the term “sleeping policemen” that was coined for speed humps when they were first introduced. Every car in a speed humps area has no choice, they have to slow down, or things are going to get uncomfortable in the car. The placement and intervals chosen will regulate the speed on any section of road where drivers may be driving too fast for the local conditions.
2. Traffic Calming
A speed hump will reduce the speed of vehicles in a high traffic area, and this will also help to solve other traffic related issues, such as aggressive driving, tailgating, and stopping suddenly. This will help to calm the traffic flow and make it more manageable in places where road accidents could be particularly dangerous. Some good examples of places to install speed humps would include near schools, hospitals, residential areas, shopfronts, parking areas, and construction sites. All of these locations will have drivers and pedestrians that may be less aware of their surroundings, and calmer traffic will help to keep everyone safer.
3. Creating Walkways
When a speed hump is strategically placed according to a well thought out plan, it can function as a safer walkway for pedestrians to cross a road. A speed hump placed before a crossing point on each side will encourage drivers to slow down from either direction. When this is combined with a well designated walkway, road markings and a pair of signs, the crossing point will be very safe. This is very useful in any area on a public or private road where the volume of pedestrian traffic is particularly high.
What is the Best Speed Hump?
If you’ve looked into speed humps for your location, you will quickly notice that there is a great deal of choice. A speed hump can be made from materials, such as metal, concrete, plastic, asphalt, and rubber. The rubber speed hump has become very popular in recent years because it’s tough, durable, inexpensive and easy to install on the road surface. A rubber speed hump can have high visibility strips built in during the manufacturing process, and they won’t fade over time.