Two speed bumps make cars fly
While car safety primarily depends on the actions of drivers, a city’s infrastructure can also play a role. Most of us took an unexpected detour only to miss a gaping pothole or a fallen tree. Stop signs and speed bumps are also essential to keep cars at a safe speed in residential areas.
Of course, some drivers will pass just over a speed bump without reducing their speed. These drivers will likely get a nasty surprise if they attempt this stunt on a specific California street.
Why do we need speed bumps anyway?
Speed bumps are designed to be relatively unintrusive bumps, typically installed on roads with speed limits of 10mph to 15mph. Although they may seem unnecessary, they can help prevent many accidents.
These are often found around suburban areas with a larger population of playing children and pedestrians. A National Library of Medicine study found that speed bumps reduced vehicle-related injuries to child pedestrians by at least 53%.
In addition to slowing down, it also encourages drivers to be more aware of their surroundings. When you safely obey the speed limit, you will not receive any tickets from the police.
Welcome to the “Speed Bump Olympics”
CarScoops tells us of a street with two speed bumps separated by only 10 feet. For comparison, most are separated by a minimum of 300 feet. The second bump surprises most drivers, creating hilarious images.
A citizen was inspired to start a YouTube channel dedicated to twin speed bumps called Speed Bump Olympics. Speeding vehicles often jump off the road completely, returning to the road with a thud. Sometimes you can even see sparks fly as the car’s undercarriage scrapes the pavement.
It’s not just a problem for small cars either. In April, a video showed a large SUV jumping three times after trying to get over bumps. Even vehicles thought to have pedestrians in mind, such as police SUVs and commuter buses, have been spotted rolling over the bumps.
While the placement of these speed bumps is definitely awkward, some drivers still follow the rules. In a compilation of clips from May 8, a white sedan can be seen driving carefully over the two bumps with no problem. At the same time, a gray sedan passes over the two with a sickening rocking sound.
Fortunately, the owner of the chain claims to have never seen an accident occur in his street. However, doing it too often won’t just get you a ticket: it can also ruin your car.
You could misalign your wheels, damage the bumpers and prematurely wear out your shock absorbers. It can also scratch the underbody of older vehicles. If you hit a bump too hard and your exhaust breaks, you risk invading your cabin with deadly carbon monoxide.
How to follow the right path
It helps to be familiar with the area to anticipate bumps. Regardless of the street speed limit, cars with lowered suspensions should not drive over the bump at more than 8 km/h. You can drive a little faster with higher suspension if you follow the posted speed limit.
Approach slowly, taking your foot off the brake. After reaching the top, you can accelerate downhill to level the pavement. Repeat as needed for all subsequent speed bumps.
The slow and straight strategy often works best. Being careful greatly reduces the chances of damaging your vehicle or ending up on a viral video compilation.
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