As a tool gaining popularity for protecting drivers and workers alike during road works, there’s no denying the safety benefits on offer when using rumble bars.
Road construction, either for the purposes of building new roads or maintaining existing roads, is essential for Australia’s transport infrastructure. While we all still need to get from A to B, road works create additional risks for both the road workers as well as the general public – in fact, the process is actually classed as a high risk form of construction.
While current data relating specifically to construction industry road workers is not freely available, historical information suggests that each year around one hundred traffic controllers are injured and require medical treatment or time off work. In addition, studies have also shown that crash rates increase in locations where roadworks are being undertaken.
As such, it should come as no surprise that industry leaders are taking charge with additional safety measures to protect both workers and drivers, with the roll out of rumble bars rapidly gaining traction right across the nation – but what are they, and how do they work with improving road safety?
Why Rumble Bars Work Well For Traffic Management
Australian road engineers use a number of traffic calming measures to slow down or reduce traffic to improve safety, particularly during road works. Some of the most common physical means include roundabouts, chicanes, speed humps, lane dividers and rumble bars, with the latter in particular being noted for its effectiveness.
As the name would suggest, rumble bars generate a noise or a “rumble” from tyres if they drive over them. In addition, there is also a slight judder that the driver feels through the steering wheel and suspension, increasing awareness that the car may be veering into an area that it shouldn’t, or that the driver needs to slow down or pay extra attention to their surroundings.
While rumble bars have a significantly larger profile than rumble strips, which are often used on merging lanes and on highways, their brick-like presentation is often used to alert drivers and help keep them in their lanes, crossing shoulders, centrelines and lane departure areas. When deployed appropriately, the role of rumble bars in road safety can also help with the following.
Avoid Gutter Rash – Gutter rash refers to alloy wheel damage either along the edge or on the most exposed parts of an alloy wheel. As a serial offender in car parks and drive through hospitality outlets, using rumble bars in tight spaces can help to provide a buffer between vehicles and any related gutters or concrete.
Hazard Awareness – As an example, Transport NSW has rolled out rumble bars and strips on selected roadwork sites where the speed limit is 60 kilometres per hour or less. To help keep workers and motorists safe, these bright yellow rubber rumble bars vibrate when driven over and will alert drivers that they have entered a road work zone.
Separate People, Cars and Cyclists – When used as a barrier, rumble bars can help to provide an extra layer of protection between people, cars and cyclists. Depending on the circumstances, this incredibly effective safety tool can be used to increase spatial awareness between vehicles and road workers, or even cyclists or pedestrians.
With more people hitting the road every day, road works are a necessary evil linked to their ongoing maintenance. However, road safety is not exclusive to road construction, and the use of rumble bars is increasing in a wide variety of settings right around the nation.
From city councils wanting to improve road safety to restaurant owners wanting to prevent damage to vehicles and pedestrians, Speed Humps Australia are the preferred provider of rumble bars for many local businesses looking to improve their approach to road safety.
Partnering With The Road Safety Professionals
At Speed Humps Australia, we’ve spent more than 15 years focusing on one thing: to provide one style of product, and to do it exceptionally well. We have worked tirelessly to develop specifications that do not fade or deteriorate, are easy to install, and are made from high-quality, recycled rubber for minimal environmental impact.
With just a handful of our clients around the nation including KFC, McDonalds, Taco Bell, Westfield, Shell and numerous Local Governments, our rumble bars, speed humps and wheel stops have been purposefully designed and truly go the distance.
As our design and production is all handled in house and supplied Australia wide, get in touch with us today to request a quote or discuss how we can help with providing a tailored solution to your unique project requirements.