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Ever hit a bump in the road that jolted your car and rattled your teeth? These aren't just annoying obstacles; they're speed humps or bumps, traffic calming devices designed to slow vehicles down. While they may seem like twins separated at birth, humps and bumps have some key differences:
- Humps: Prefer the open streets, often found on low-volume roads and residential areas.
- Bumps: More at home in confined spaces like parking lots and driveways.
- Bumps: Can handle a bit more pace, slowing cars down to 10-15 mph.
- Bumps: Keep it short and sweet, usually staying under 3 inches and featuring a more abrupt bump.
- Humps: Aim for a smooth slowdown, encouraging drivers to be mindful of their speed for a longer stretch.
- Bumps: Deliver a sharper jolt, forcing a quick reduction in speed, especially effective in tight spaces.
Who invented them?
So, next time you encounter a bump in the road, take a moment to appreciate its role in keeping pedestrians and drivers safe. Whether it's a gentle hump or a jolting bump, they're both working hard to smooth out the traffic flow and keep our streets a little less bumpy.
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