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A common cause of traffic accidents is speed. Speed ramps and bumps can help to prevent individuals driving too fast through areas where it is desirable to keep speed below a certain level. They are especially helpful in car parks where there is a greater risk of traffic collisions with pedestrians, property and other vehicles.

Speed bumps can be supplied as single units or in modular form to fit all locations. Look for bumps that are heighted to correspond with speed restrictions in and around your premises to ensure everyone who uses your car park is safe.We have developed a pioneering speed bump with an innovative ground fixing system and a unique chevron interlocking design which offers super strength and durability.

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Speed Bumps Buying Guide

Speed bumps, which are also referred to as sleeping policemen have been proven to reduce the speed of vehicles and protect people from injury. Research into the effects of slowing down traffic state that for every 1 mph speed is reduced, the chance of an accident occurring is lessened by around 5%. Rolling this out, reducing speeds by just 9 mph has been shown to eliminate between 60-70% of accidents. Installing speed bumps is a cost-effective way of ensuring speed is minimised around your premises.

In 2017 the World Health Organization found that 40-50% of drivers go over speed limits. This has a massive impact as road traffic crashes are the number one cause of death among young people aged between 15-29 years. Speed bumps help reduce risks and save lives.

It is important to make vehicles and pedestrians aware of restricted speed limits and hazardous areas, especially when visibility is low. Use traffic signs to convey clear precise messages where needed.

What should I consider when purchasing a speed bump?

There are several considerations to take into account when choosing traffic calming equipment for your worksite, including:

  • Visibility - Speed humps only work if they can be seen. Choose a high-visibility option that can be seen at night or in poor weather conditions.
  • Height - Bumps of differing heights will affect traffic differently. Think about the size of vehicle that will be driving around your premises and how much you want to slow them by. Taller speed bumps, such as a 75mm high option, will force vehicles to slow to 5mph in order to pass by safely.
  • Width - Do you want to slow all traffic? Using narrower or modular bumps that can be tailored to a specific width will allow emergency services and other large vehicles to pass over them unhindered.
  • Material - Speed bumps and humps are available in several materials with the most popular being rubber and PVC (polyvinyl chloride). Of the two, rubber is seen as the “softer” option as it can be kinder to vehicles and create less impact and noise. PVC is a tough, hardy material that is perfect for use outdoors. PVC bumps are perfect in cold weather as they will not turn brittle and crack like other materials can. Look out for recycled options that are kinder to the environment while being just as resilient as their standard counterparts.

Ensure speed bumps are installed using dedicated fixing bolts.If fitted incorrectly, speed ramps can damage a vehicle and be uncomfortable for drivers and passengers. If your road surface is damaged in anyway, be sure to make repairs using a strong, long lasting solution.

Speed bumps and other traffic calming solutions

Speed bumps can be used successfully on their own, but also work well as part of a larger traffic flow solution. Think about the layout of your car park and decide if there are any other measures that can be put in place to make it safer.

Dictating the direction that traffic moves in will minimise confusion in your outside spaces and prevent collisions with people, property and other vehicles. Use line marking equipment to paint directional information directly onto road surfaces - exactly where drivers will be looking. This can also be used to create virtual chicanes or other turns that will prevent cars from speeding up on long, straight stretches of road.

By allowing vehicles to pass over them in one direction only, traffic spikes can be installed to prevent cars and lorries from entering prohibited areas or going against the flow of traffic in one way systems. Look for options where spikes can be removed for maximum flexibility and signs must always be placed nearby warning drivers of their presence.

Signs which offer information on speed restrictions and/or wayfinding are an absolute necessity in car parks, loading bays and outside spaces. We recommend using reflective options for most outdoor applications; however standard signs can be placed in areas where night time use will be minimal. Clear, concise signage placed on a post advising drivers of speed restrictions wherever they change will go a long way to preventing accidents.

Are there different types of speed bumps?

Speed bumps: are designed to be used on private premises only as they abruptly reduce vehicle speed to a minimum. Suitable to use in locations such as car parks, construction sites and schools as they slow down vehicles immediately due to their size. To improve visibility speed bumps are normally yellow and black to warn vehicles of their existence in advance. Speed bumps have developed through time. There are a variety of options which serve the same purpose as a sleeping policeman, however they are suited to different locations.

Speed humps: are also a traffic calming device that helps increase safety for both drivers and pedestrians. To slow down vehicles more gradually, humps are used on residential roadways as they are less steep. Speed humps are more suitable to use in public roads as they maintain consistent traffic flow. They are normally raised above the pavement using concrete, whereas speed bumps are usually manually fixed on top of the road surface.

Speed Cushions: These small rectangular humps are suitable for routes used by emergency vehicles such as ambulances and fire engines. As emergency vehicles have wide axles they can pass over the cushion without having to slow down. Speed cushions can also be used in high risk areas such as outside schools to reduce potential danger.

Speed Tables: A type of speed hump that is usually made from either bricks or recycled textured rubber materials. Speed tables are often used at junctions or pedestrian crossings.

Chicanes: These are artificial bends in the road which force oncoming traffic to slow down as vehicles have to maneuver around the curves.

How do speed bumps help the environment?

Not only can you help prevent road traffic accidents, you can also help the environment. On 26 July 2017 the Government's Air Quality Plan for Nitrogen Dioxide was released. Their proposal suggested decreasing the amount of speed bumps to reduce air pollution.

However, Living Streets have found evidence that removing speed bumps would have an insufficient effect on reducing air pollution. Instead it would increase the risk of accidents and endanger lives. If a pedestrian was hit by a vehicle at 20 mph they have a 97% chance of survival. As speed increases the chance of staying alive reduces. The Royal Society for the prevention of Accidents have stated using traffic calming devices such as speed humps is the most efficient way to reduce speed.

Guidelines from NICE – the National Institute For Health and Clinical Excellence

We recommend installing our speed bumps in locations such as car parks, schools and construction sites.

Why choose the Seton speed bump?

A demonstration of how the Sleeping Policemen are fixed onto the new innovative rail using a range of galvanised bolts

Speed bumps are often perceived by users as being of low quality and likely to need replacing quickly. This is causing major problems for motorists - 25% suffer vehicle damage.

With over 60 years’ experience in manufacturing and distributing health and safety and facilities management products, we wanted to solve these issues once and for all by providing businesses and organisations with a viable alternative.

After extensive research, our Seton Speed Bump provides the ultimate traffic management solution for private car parks.

We have created our traffic calming device using a new, innovative design to enhance overall performance. Our exclusive PVC speed bump with rail increases visibility, durability and safety.

The unique rail system has been thoroughly tested and computer simulations have been used to find out if our installation method does increase strength over traditional alternatives.

Case 1: Maximum Stationary Tyre Loading - Stress

  • Results showed that there were higher stress levels on our steel channel fixing which means it provides added support to the PVC bump
  • Stress is transferred to the rails instead of the speed bump

Case 2: Maximum Stationary Tyre Loading - Displacement

Shows how the robust rail system is attached to the inside of a yellow PVC Sleeping Policeman
  • Test results proved that the rail system reduced corner flexing
  • Metal channel also provides vertical support leading to lower overall deformation

Results from Oxford Product Design

Seton Speed Bumps are available in two installation options, with rail and without rail. These can be fixed to either concrete or tarmac surfaces. Our speed bump can also be used as a parking block to make drivers aware of when they need to stop. This would be especially useful for lorries at loading bays. They can also use them to mark out parking bays which will reduce accidents as they stop drivers parking too closely together, or traffic lanes to reduce potential collisions by making sure drivers stay in the correct lane.

Seton Speed Bump in action

Speed Bump FAQs

Why are speed bumps important?

To help reduce risks to drivers and pedestrians speed bumps are essential as they slow down vehicles to an appropriate speed. You can use them in numerous locations to avoid hazards and collisions. Seton Speed Bump is highly visible to ensure it can be seen at all times even in poor weather conditions to raise alertness. We recommend using suitable traffic signs to increase awareness of the speed bump, as this will allow cars to slow down more efficiently. Traffic signs and speed bumps are beneficial as they create a visual statement that the area has restricted speed limits. In addition to helping to prevent accidents, lower vehicle speeds also decreases the noise level of traffic whilst maintaining safe roads.

Where can you use speed bumps?

Unless specified most bumps are created to be used in private areas only, both indoors and outdoors. Choose to lower speed to either 5 mph or 10 mph.

How do you drive over speed bumps?

When you approach a speed bump use your brake just before you get to the bump. Then you gently accelerate to get over it. If there is more than one speed hump you should keep a consistent pace whilst you cross over them as smooth driving is better for the environment and your vehicle.

What height of speed bump should I use?

If you would like to reduce speed to 10 mph use our 55mm Seton Speed Bump or 75mm version for 5 mph.

What are speed bumps made from?

Traditional speed bumps are usually made from materials such as rubber or tarmac. New technology has been introduced and shown that speed bumps made from PVC are much more durable than traditional alternatives. This is why many new speed bumps use robust PVC to raise longevity.

PVC speed bumps have many advantages such as:

  • Increased strength
  • High Visibility (even in extreme weather elements)
  • Strong protection against the elements
  • Abrasion resistance
  • Reducing risks significantly
  • Improving health and safety

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