Considerations for Parking Lot Speed Bumps

Considerations for Parking Lot Speed Bumps

Nov 09 2023

There are a few specific features that you might be considering for any parking lot or similar paved surface on your property, and one of the most common and well-known here is the category of speed reducers. Referring to speed bumps, speed humps and possibly certain other similar items, speed reducers are important traffic regulators used in parking lots, residential communities, commercial properties and more. 

At Asphalt Masters, we’re here to help with numerous asphalt and concrete parking lot needs across Ogden and other parts of Utah, from parking lot striping and repair to assistance with planning any important lot elements – speed bumps and speed humps included. Let’s have a look at the differences between these two options, the factors to consider when determining if you might need one or the other for your parking lot, and some other important details to be aware of. 

Speed Bumps Vs Speed Bumps

Firstly, before we get into some more nuanced details, let’s note that there is a difference between speed bumps and speed humps. These two terms are often used interchangeably, but they are not exactly the same thing. Here are some basics on each: 

  • Speed Bumps: These are generally what most people think of when we discuss “speed reducers.” They are rounded or raised portions of pavement placed on roads or parking lot surfaces with the goal of slowing down vehicle speeds. They’re usually between three and four inches tall, making it impossible for vehicles to drive over them at high speeds without significant damage occurring. They are the more dramatic form of speed reducer in this conversation.
  • Speed Humps: On the other hand, speed humps are longer, flatter and more gradual than speed bumps. They will still cause a potential discomfort if driven over at high speeds, but they’re nowhere near as potentially damaging to vehicles.

Does Your Lot Need Speed Reducers?

There are a few factors to be considering when determining whether your parking lot or paved area would benefit from speed bumps or speed humps:

  • Size of lot: In cases where your lot is large and covers a significant area, speed reducers might be more important. This is especially true for commercial lots that may have high volumes of traffic or through-traffic.
  • Vehicle speeds: If you’ve noticed vehicles consistently speeding in your lot, speed bumps or speed humps could be very useful for slowing them down.
  • Pedestrian safety: If there are a lot of pedestrians crossing your parking lot, speed bumps and humps can help keep them safe by reducing vehicle speeds.
  • Traffic flow: Speed reducers can also be used to regulate traffic flow in certain areas of your parking lot where vehicles may not have clear right-of-way. This can help prevent accidents and improve overall safety.

Material Considerations

If you’ve decided that speed bumps or humps are optimal for your parking lot, you typically have two material options: The same asphalt your parking lot is already made from, or rubber speed bumps that are beginning to gain popularity in recent years. 

For those looking for both permanence and uniformity in their parking lot, asphalt speed bumps are likely the best choice. They can be seamlessly integrated into your existing lot and are designed to withstand heavy vehicle traffic for years to come. On the other hand, rubber speed bumps offer greater flexibility in placement and can be easily removed or relocated if needed – but may not offer the same level of durability in the long run.

Other Important Speed Reducer Details

A few other important notes to keep in mind regarding speed bumps and humps:

  • Placement: While it might seem obvious, proper placement of speed reducers is crucial for their effectiveness. Generally, they should be placed 12-15 feet from any intersections or stop signs, and not within 10 feet of any handicapped parking spots or ramps. They should also be placed in such a way that vehicles have enough room to come to a complete stop before encountering the speed reducer.
  • Maintenance: Like any other part of your parking lot, regular maintenance and repairs are important for keeping speed reducers effective. This includes filling cracks, repainting faded lines and repairing damaged sections as needed.
  • Local guidelines: Depending on your precise location, there may be specific regulations or guidelines regarding the placement and type of speed reducers allowed in your parking lot. Be sure to check with local authorities or consult a professional before making any decisions.

As you can see, speed reducers are an important consideration for any parking lot owner or manager. Whether you go with traditional asphalt or newer rubber options, they can help improve overall safety and control traffic flow in your lot. 

At Asphalt Masters, we’re here to help with parking lot striping, repair and numerous related services for clients around Ogden and other parts of Utah. Contact us today to learn more about these or any of our other asphalt and concrete services.