How Effective are Speed Humps?

As we’ve seen the volume of traffic increase on our roads the likelihood of a vehicular collision or accident has also increased. This is particularly true in areas, such as residential, schools and private access roads. Traffic tends to peak at certain times; this is often when drivers are making their way to and from work, and attention spans are significantly shorter. Calming traffic is a passive way to improve safety and rubber speed humps can be an essential part of that strategy. Let’s take a closer look at the effectiveness of speed humps in promoting safer driving speeds.

Rubber Speed Humps


What Are Speed Humps?

A speed hump was often referred to as a “sleeping policemen” when it first appeared on streets. It’s a small bump in the road that will not damage a vehicle, but it will make it slow down significantly. A typical speed hump is around 7.5-10 cm high and approximately 0.3-0.9 metres long. A speed hump is designed to slow a vehicle by at least 25-32 km/h without causing injury to the driver or damage to the vehicle. In certain areas, a series of speed humps will be installed in series to slow the progress of a vehicle over a longer distance.

Are Speed Humps Effective?

Studies from all over the world have shown that speed humps are an effective way to reduce speed. Speed is often the primary determining factor in the severity of any vehicular collision. If a car is travelling faster the consequences of a road traffic accident will be far worse for another vehicle or a pedestrian.

A study carried out by the Portland Bureau of Transportation in the US found that streets where speed humps had been installed had 39% fewer vehicular related accidents. The same study also showed that injuries on those same streets were reduced by around 46%, so any crashes that did occur were far less severe.

Is it Difficult to Install a Speed Hump?

A rubber speed hump is fixed directly to the road surface, and no specialised tools are required. A single worker can move a speed hump into place and fix it to the road. No special training is required, but it’s essential to have a good plan and carefully mark out the area before installing speed humps.

Why Choose Rubber Speed Humps?

Rubber speed humps are the most popular type of speed hump in use today. During the manufacturing process, the high visibility colours are added directly into the rubber. Because the colours are not painted on they will not peel, flake or fade over time. Our rubber speed humps are made from 100% recycled rubber, and they are incredibly durable. They resist high and low temperatures, they will not crack, or chip and they will last for years. Finally, it’s worth mentioning that rubber wheel stops are a very economical option and they are much cheaper than some of the alternatives.

Do you need rubber speed humps at your location? Contact Bollards for expert help and advice today.