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The Best Way To Drive Over A Speed Bump According To A Suspension Engineer (Me)

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If you’ve spent any time driving a car these days you will no doubt have encountered them, probably cursed them, and maybe even damaged your car on them. I’m talking about your and my favorite road feature, the speed bump. Or as the English call them, the sleeping policeman (a bit morbid if you ask me, but hey, they invented the language so I suppose they can call it what they want).

These speed-reduction devices seem to be popping up in more and more places these days, and if you live in India, they are absolutely everywhere — even in the middle of highways. In the U.S. and pretty much everywhere, residential areas seem to be the favorite places for them to breed; their rate of multiplication tends to match that of local residents.

In my years of driving I’ve noticed different ways people cross these dreaded things and I’ve boiled those methods down to three strategies:

1. Slow down and turn just before the bump to cross over diagonally
2. Maintain speed, and power through
3. Lower your speed and drive over slowly.

Let’s talk about each of these and then I’ll let you know which “speed bumper” I am and why.

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