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to hate and loathe speed bumps

(53 Posts)
uptheamp Fri 04-Jan-13 19:23:12

i ran over one earlier and somethine clanked on my car, i hate and loathe them, they ruin cars and no i do not speed over them but just the normal driving over them ten times a day ruins springs and other parts costing loads of money.

I would prefer a speed camera, in fact speed cameras up the whole of the roads with bumps. i do not speed in my car but the bumps are starting to really irk me now.

i expect people will say iabu but i don't think i am, i just think there are other and better ways to slow vehicles. chicanes to slow flow etc. placing massive humps in the middle of the road isn't the way we should be heading [grr]

Alisvolatpropiis Fri 04-Jan-13 19:26:55

YANBU.

They are a nightmare if you have a particularly low to the ground car. There is no speed slow enough. Particularly the new style ones which have a sharp incline and then a flat top.

YANBU, they are a useless traffic-calming measure and the vibrations cause damage to houses.

Ilovesunflowers Fri 04-Jan-13 19:31:29

YANBU. They are so damaging to cars and they also damage houses.

There are so many other options but councils choose bumps because they are cheap and do slow people down.

I much prefer the ones where you give priority to one side or the other.

thenightsky Fri 04-Jan-13 19:33:55

Hate the bastards with a vengence. There is no speed slow enough for me to get my Smart Roadster over many in our nearest town, therefore there are whole no-go areas for me.

How do they cause damage to houses?

YANBU. I've had to replace all the springs on my car recently, because I live in an area with them - they wore out very fast. Even if you slow down to first great, you can't help doing some damage. And it doesn't seem to slow down the racers around here - they just bounce over them the same as always.

The best way to slow people down is by making them understand why speeding is dangerous, but that is time-consuming and expensive, unfortunately.

The repeated vibrations from lorries/buses, goody. not that you'll ever get a Council to admit it angry

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That's appalling. And now you explain it, it makes sense, too.

YANBU they are a nuisance. Hate them with a passion. Every time I go over one, even at 5mph it sends a jolt of pain through my back. And they don't slow the bad drivers down!

I always wonder how ambulances manage?

LilyPickle Fri 04-Jan-13 19:51:54

YADNBU - I have to go over 38 of the bastards every day when I do the school run and go to work. Even my mechanic commented on the number of people now needing replacement springs is down to the sheer amount of them on the roads around here.

Fakebook Fri 04-Jan-13 19:56:08

Yanbu. Around the corner from my house I have 2 really lovely smooth bumps that were made last year. I love the feeling of my tyres going over them because they're so smooth. After those bumps come 3 shitty hard bumps that ruined my car's suspension so now I have to go over them really slowly and even then I here something scrape under the car.

I especially hate the small plasticy thin ones you get in carparks. Death to speed bumps.

Oldandcobwebby Fri 04-Jan-13 20:05:15

I drive a big, gas guzzling, and very fast Cadillac. Because of its wide track, I don't touch the cushion type speed bumps at all. I could drive flat out if I wanted to. (I don't!)

My dad has a Smart - just the sort of thing we should be encouraged to drive in towns. Because it is narrow and short wheel based, hitting a speed bump nearly destroys your spine. Because it is so unpleasant, you find yourself not looking out for other road users as you should, because you are more concerned with the flipping bumps.

Where is the sense in this?

Oldandcobwebby Fri 04-Jan-13 20:05:44

I drive a big, gas guzzling, and very fast Cadillac. Because of its wide track, I don't touch the cushion type speed bumps at all. I could drive flat out if I wanted to. (I don't!)

My dad has a Smart - just the sort of thing we should be encouraged to drive in towns. Because it is narrow and short wheel based, hitting a speed bump nearly destroys your spine. Because it is so unpleasant, you find yourself not looking out for other road users as you should, because you are more concerned with the flipping bumps.

Where is the sense in this?

Yy, cobwebby. Often stuck behind someone who is too busy trying to gauge what gear they need to be in to avoid damage to pay attention to their driving.

And the larger cars do still fly over them.

The cushion type bumps also mean that people will drive down the centre of the road to avoid them. Even if there is oncoming traffic.

EddieVeddersfoxymop Fri 04-Jan-13 20:18:24

I drive a low slung car......and live on a housing estate with great big bastard ones - the flat topped version with the sheer inclines either side. I cannot get over them without scraping along the top. Even if I physically stop my car and just creep it over......sssscccrrraaaappppeeeee. Mighty annoying.

Not as annoying as the twats that live down the road that think its acceptable to drive on the pavement to avoid the afore mentioned speed bump. Yes, it was me that reported you to the police you idiot, the pavement is for people!

Seriously, my DD knows to stay either in the drive or on the pavement......you don't really expect to see a VW heading towards her on the fricking pavement, do you? He deserved the very stern talking to that he got from a road traffic officer grin

Nancy66 Fri 04-Jan-13 20:19:23

i hate them too. where i live in London they are pretty much along every residential road. Some are huge and it's impossible to drive over them without the back of your vehicle scraping the road.

Avuncular Fri 04-Jan-13 20:29:38

A few years ago I had a long conversation with a senior policeman in Swindon.

He said there was a particular not-well-off area where speed bumps were put in to deter boy racers, but now the police didn't like to go there because it wrecked their cars .....

And it didn't slow down the mopeds at all !

uptheamp Sat 05-Jan-13 22:11:27

is there a way to campaign to get rid of them i wonder! am tempted to start one!

ShiftyFades Sat 05-Jan-13 22:17:24

Yanbu. I hate them and are just lazy of the councils confused

quoteunquote Sat 05-Jan-13 22:20:49

There is an instant way to get rid of the speed bumps,

Convince all the people who break the speed limit, or drive recklessly to drive carefully all the time.

I hate bad drivers as they cost us money totally unnecessarily, get rid of the culture of rubbish driving and there won't be any speed bumps.

ArielThePiraticalMermaid Sat 05-Jan-13 22:22:34

Yes I hate them.

But I hate an loathe run-over and maimed children more.

Nuttyprofessor Sat 05-Jan-13 22:29:59

My car is very low and was damaged by speed bumps. I think cameras would be better.

ripsishere Sat 05-Jan-13 23:19:41

You aren't alone. We live in Malaysia. It has the worst roads I've ever come across. Great big holes and missing road surface all over the place.
Our road was bump free. Unfortunately, someone decided that a new, unpainted one that is at least 75cm tall was a good thing.
Several cars were damaged. Fortunately I saw them laying/building it so mine wasn't one.
There doesn't seem to be rhyme or reason to their placement either. I do understand outside schools and mosques. I don't understand a long straight piece of road.

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