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Soapy's avatar

Is it really beneficial to drive over a speed bump with one tire?

Asked by Soapy (99points) June 21st, 2009 from iPhone

I always see people go over speed bumps with one tire, does it really benefit anything?

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Saturated_Brain's avatar

On motorbikes or bicycles or cars or power unicycles?

Soapy's avatar

Sorry, with cars.

DarkScribe's avatar

Yes, it reduces the degree of shock inside the vehicle. And causes uneven wear on the car’s suspension if done regularly. If done expertly, that is with a sharp swing to miss the full width of the bump, then an even sharper one back toward it, you can shift the car’s weight sufficiently to nearly flatten the bump out. Most people who aren’t cab drivers don’t do it expertly.

Saturated_Brain's avatar

At first, I had a mental image of a car trying to do a two-wheel swerve, except on one tire. But then I realised that it was impossible.

I now realise that you’re probably talking about cars which avoid going on those speed bumps which don’t traverse the whole width of the road right? And as what @DarkScribe said, it reduces the jolts in the vehicle. Have you ever gone over a hump at high speed?


elijah's avatar

I have a hard time getting my truck to balance on one tire.

PandoraBoxx's avatar

Around here, you’d have to give the neighbors a sod job in order to go over speed bumps with only one side of car. It’s easier to just slow down.

Soapy's avatar

Our local police department puts in these super small, super high, super annoying speed humps that cover about 90% of the road. So yes, there’s a definite sod job going on…

La_chica_gomela's avatar

LOL, I’m assuming you mean with two tires, as in, with one side of the car. Because it doesn’t feel like as much of a bump.

Soapy's avatar

I am so hungover, haha, yes I meant one side of the vehicle.

TitsMcGhee's avatar

@PandoraBoxx: THAT IS SO FUCKED UP. Damn.

And I don’t know the mechanics of a car, but I do avoid them for less of a bump for me (I go the same speed as if I was going over it with two tires). Luckily, I don’t go over many, so I’m not too worried about how my suspension takes it.

Kraigmo's avatar

That’s how I go over them, but I do it in a way that all four wheels have a plane of balance.
It reduces shock. It’s also more logical than coming to a complete stop and then crawling over the bump… which is the dumb way to handle it.

The smart way is to either reduce speed, if you are on narrow road, or go over the thing at an angle.

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