Speed Humps vs Speed Bumps

It can get confusing trying to figure out the difference between speed bumps and speed humps.  We often get questions about the differences because people are usually unsure of what exactly these are, and where they should be using them.  In order to provide a safe and effective solution for your community or business, it is important to understand what devices are available and where these products can be installed.

First, let’s talk about the similarities.

The Speed Hump and Speed Bump are both designed to address the ongoing problem of speeding.  All are made of recycled rubber tires, and all are constructed with in-molded reflective tape to ensure maximum visibility.  But that’s about as far as the similarity goes.

Each device is designed very differently.  And the design determines how aggressive each style is at deterring speeding.

Speed Humps:

Speed Hump Dimensions: 35.5″ x 19.5″ x 2.1″ – 36 lb.
End Cap Dimensions: 35.5″ x 19.5″ x 2.1″ - 33 lb.

Reduces Speeds to: Approx 10-15 MPH

Description: The Speed Hump is the least aggressive traffic control product.  It is a modular device, which means it is installed in pieces. These are designed to reduce speed but still maintain a continuous traffic flow.  Unlike the Speed Bump, it is constructed of interlocking units using a tongue and groove system and requires multiple pieces to complete.

Recommended Locations:  School parking lots and crossings, Playground areas, Hospitals, Airports, Municipalities, Parking facilities

Speed Bumps:

Speed Bump Dimensions: 4′ x 12″ x 2.25″ - 32 lb.
or  6′ x 12″ x 2.25″ - 51 lb.
End Cap Dimensions: 6″ x 12″ x 2.25″ – 5.5 lb.

Reduces Speeds to: Approx 2-5 MPH

Description:  The Speed Bump is typically used in parking facilities and in certain residential locations.  These are more aggressive than the Hump and can dramatically slow drive-through traffic. This device is often found in high pedestrian areas because the addition of end caps helps reduce trip hazards.

Recommended Locations: Shopping centers, School zones, Gas stations, Neighborhood intersections, Stop sign reinforcement, or Parking facilities