April 25, 2011


Nine out of ten motorists say that speed humps cause them most annoyance on the roads.

Surprisingly speed humps were only introduced in 1991 and the idea behind them was to slow down traffic and decrease risk of accidents. They are also intended to reduce traffic volume down residential roads.

Most speed humps measure around 12-14 feet in length and 3-4 inches in height. Many span the width of the road however, some wider roads will have two or three individual road humps beside each other.

The idea is simple and should work yet speed humps seem to cause just as many problems as they are looking to prevent.

One of the most important issues is the slowing of emergency vehicles. Other motorists find their cars being damaged due to badly installed speed humps or due to simply not slowing down. Many motorists will increase their speed between road humps and slow just before approaching, this not only defeats the point of having them but increases pollution.

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