The buffer or portable speed bump is an element on the roads that help improve the coexistence between motorists and pedestrians, reducing accidents that can happen due to speeding since their main function is to regulate it.
On this occasion, we want to explain why it is essential to go over the bumps at a moderate speed and how it can affect both your tires and your vehicle in general, speeding them. It may seem like a very simple task, but if, in practice, it was true that the buffers are always passed with care, there would not be so many automobile problems. As we mentioned, certain risks can be run when we do not reduce speed, among which we can list:
Dents or bumps on the tires. This is the most immediate problem because as a result of roughly passing a stop, the impact received by the tire can deteriorate its internal structure, allowing the pressure to push out the affected area, resulting in a dent or presenting a bulge that will compromise its correct operation, and therefore, your safety and that of the passengers.
Chassis displacement. When you go over a stop too fast, you run the risk of widening the area where the car’s chassis parts are located, which, over time, will start to affect driving and trigger more frequent visits to the mechanic.
Increased shock absorber wear. Although the function of the shock absorbers is to absorb or minimize the impact of the car against the ground, passing a bump at high speed will only wear them more quickly.
In traffic accidents, as we mentioned at the beginning, the buffers have a reason for being: to reduce the speed. Therefore, they are strategically placed in streets or areas with a high flow of pedestrians to avoid accidents. Therefore, skipping them and passing them quickly will only reduce the response time.
In addition to the above, it is also important to mention that the tires suffer from greater wear when forced braking is carried out to pass a stop at a lower speed. Therefore, the idea is to anticipate the road, read the signs (which in many cases indicate the presence of buffers), and of course, be focused while driving.