28 Aug 2015
If you are experiencing an increase in the number of vehicle-to-vehicle or vehicle-to-pedestrian accidents at your facility, it may be because drivers aren’t slowing down when they should.
Installing speed bumps is an effective yet affordable way to slow traffic in heavily congested areas. The force vehicles to slow down otherwise risk damage by rolling over the steep bumps.
Short Yet Powerful Deterrent
Standing only three to six inches tall, speed bumps provide just enough of a deterrent to slow cars down without stopping or inhibiting traffic altogether. They are highly effective at lowering traffic speeds, resulting in slower drivers and less traffic to reduce accident rates.
Speed bumps also can reduce the volume of traffic moving through a particular area. When drivers realize that a street or roadway features speed bumps, they often will seek out alternate routes to get where they want to go.
Work Right Away
One of the best things about speed bumps is that they can provide instant results. While public streets often feature speed bumps made of asphalt or other construction compounds, in industrial settings and on private property speed bumps made of heavy-duty recycled plastic can be put into place immediately.
Not only are they faster to install, but recycled plastic speed bumps are also more affordable than asphalt or poured concrete speed bumps. Their product cost is lower and there isn’t the labor cost to consider.
Portability and Durability
Speed bumps are also portable. They can be placed anywhere you want to slow down traffic, from potentially hazardous driveways to parking areas where a special event is being held. They can be used individually or placed end-to-end to create a broader traffic deterrent.
Plus they are durable. Made of tough, hard plastic made from recycled materials, they are resistant to oil, salt, sun and moisture.
The Downside of Speed Bumps
There aren’t many drawbacks to speed bumps. Some argue that they can be dangerous to bicyclists and motorcyclists, but generally there aren’t going to be a lot of these types of vehicles in an industrial or commercial setting. And even if they are, drivers who use caution have nothing to worry about.
Another concern is increased noise associated with drivers hitting the brakes in order to avoid going over the speed bump at top speed. But this is a small cost to pay for the increased safety and security. If one person is saved from injury as the result of a speed bump, that’s probably worth all the barking brakes it causes.