Difference between Speed Humps and Speed Bumps

| November 2, 2011 | 4 Comments

Just like the names, it can be very confusing to figure out the difference between speed humps and speed bumps on the roads. The most commonly known fact is that they both help slow down the vehicle and control speed. While driving on the road, people are usually unsure of what exactly these obstructions are and what they are there for. They both control the traffic but the major difference lies in the amount of traffic they can control. Due to the distinction in design and size, there are considerable demarcations between them.

Significant differences between Speed Bump and Speed Hump:

Speed Hump
Speed Hump
Speed BumpSpeed Bump
  • Speed Humps are lower and are placed at a longer driving distance.
  • Speed Bumps are lower and are placed at a longer driving distance.
  • They are less aggressive in controlling traffic as they are lower.
  • They are more aggressive in controlling traffic due to the size.
  • Speed humps control traffic to around 25 – 30 mph.
  • Speed bumps control traffic to around 0 – 5 mph.
  • They are narrower than speed bumps.
  • They are wide as compared to speed humps.
  • Travel length is about 12 to 15 feet.
  • Travel length ranges from 6 inches to 3 feet.
  • Height is typically 3 to 4 inches.
  • Height normally ranges between 3 to 6 inches.
  • Speed humps offer softer intrusion. Traffic normally remains moving but at around 10 -15 mph.
  • Traffic proceeds slowly in areas where speed bumps are placed.
  • They are better suited for high traffic areas, entrances from major highways and areas with larger vehicles.
  • They are typically intended for front of store or school entrances, parking lots, at pedestrian crossings, garages and near stop sign locations.

Speed bump and speed hump, both are designed to address the ongoing problem of speeding. Both are usually made of rubber tires and constructed with a reflective tape to ensure maximum visibility. Installing these traffic control devices is a great way to reduce injuries. Many drivers will travel past and ignore the painted lines on surfaces and also the stop signs but these speed bumps and speed humps cannot be ignored by speeding drivers. These tactical insertions on the road promote awareness and make drivers sensitive to speeding consequences.

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  1. that is very good and information is so helpful to the public – because sometimes they even don’t know what the differences is between things they request us to put in place.

  2. Josh Sedwick says:

    @Belinda. I couldn’t agree more. All too often do we find local municipalities posting incorrect signage. You’d think if they’re using taxpayer dollars on signs they would get it right. The same problem occurs with No Standing Signs vs. No Stopping Signs.

  3. Ron Watt says:

    How many vehicles are damaged by these so called traffic calming measures. If traffic is exceeding the speed limits in areas then whatever happened to enforcement measures!

    • Rand Pullman says:

      It is not possible to have police stationed at every spot ( townhouse complex, for example ). The only damaged vehicles that I have heard about have been those exceeding the speed limit. Even the “low rider” cars are able to maneuver slowly over these. of course, that may necessitate approaching at an angle.

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