We have all come across speed bumps, known as ‘down guards,’ bumps, or speed bumps. It does not matter what we call them, but they are not very friendly with drivers if there is something straightforward.
We have already said that speed bumps are uncomfortable, annoying and, in addition, they cause damage to the vehicle, especially in the shock absorbers. Follow these recommendations to avoid its drawbacks:
Anticipate the arrival of a speed bump so as not to hit the brakes at the last minute. Pressing the brakes hard when we are already entering the shoulder will not prevent the blow; advice to be taken into account, especially by drivers of sports cars with bodies closer to the ground. Interior elements of the vehicle – such as brakes and shock absorbers – and external elements of the body will be affected by the impact and possible friction.
When going through the speed bump, do not step on the clutch pedal or act on the gearbox.
Do not resort to neutral when you go through a speed bump; the only thing you could achieve is less control of the car.
The solution to avoid discomfort for the occupants and breakdowns in the car is to drive slowly in areas with speed bumps. The shock absorbers and suspension anchors will thank you, not to mention the passengers. Also, if you go too fast and there is a hole or some area in poor condition, you could even blow a tire.
And no dodging the speed bump with a wheel, many drivers do it! But doing so does not distribute the weight and can cause an increase in deformity, not only of the damping springs but also of the tires. How to do it? Passing the two wheels of each axle at the same time.
It is advisable to accelerate slightly when exiting the speed bumps and humps to incorporate back onto the road more progressive and smooth.