What Are the Benefits of Speed Bumps?

Save

Speed bumps are raised areas of pavement designed to slow down drivers. Speed bumps can be controversial; although they can improve safety, they have many drawbacks. The process of slowing and diverting traffic is often called traffic calming.

Terminology

  • Speed bumps are usually defined as the smaller raised areas usually found in parking lots. Speed bumps are generally 3 to 6 inches high. Speed bumps sometimes refer to speed humps, which are longer, rounded raised areas 3 to 4 inches high.

Slowing Traffic

  • Speed bumps can effectively slow traffic speeds.

Decreasing Traffic

  • Speed bumps can also reduce the volume of traffic on a street by diverting traffic to other streets.

Increased Safety

  • Slower drivers and less traffic can reduce accident rates.

Drawbacks

  • Opponents of speed bumps argue that they are dangerous to bicyclists and motorcyclists, increase response times of emergency vehicles and increase vehicle emissions because of increased deceleration and acceleration.

References

  • Photo Credit Image by Flickr.com, courtesy of Ibrahim Iujaz
Promoted By Zergnet

Comments

You May Also Like

Related Searches

Check It Out

How To Travel For Free With Reward Points

M
Is DIY in your DNA? Become part of our maker community.
Submit Your Work!