We’ve all got one: the moron down the street who rips down the road at twice the posted speed limit, so busy reaching for their dropped cell phone or honking and yelling at their high-class neighborhood drinking buddies that they can’t be bothered to look out for, say, kids out on their bikes, or cars coming in the opposite direction. There’s one such model citizen living about a block from me, and every single time I hear his rusted-out van tearing past, I wish that I had some of those spiky stop sticks that the police throw across the road to neatly and efficiently end high-speed chases.
While I have a winning design idea for a front-porch stop stick launcher that can reel deployed tire spikes back into my house after they’ve done their job, I’m unfortunately a mere civilian who can’t lawfully take such drastic measures. But I’m happy to say that non-law-enforcement types now have the means to control traffic speed in driveways and private parking lots, as well as at special events. Meet Speed Nubs Rumble Strips.
In addition to having an incredibly fun-to-say name, Speed Nubs Rumble Strips possess the power to get the attention of otherwise indifferent drivers, and have a way of encouraging better braking skills. Basically do-it-yourself speed bumps, Rumble Strips are heavy duty rubber strips that can be “nailed” into the ground via their included 3-inch spikes, anywhere that you see the need for speed control.
Rumble Strips come in pairs, and are available in black (to blend in), yellow (to say “watch out!”), or a combination of the two. They can be used at the ends of driveways, to slow incoming cars before they possibly encounter playing children, and to slow down kids on bikes who are inclined to speed out of the driveway and into the street without checking for traffic first. They’re also excellent for use in and around pickup/drop-off areas at schools and daycare centers, and can keep traffic flow in check in special event parking lots.
So, you think you’re gonna speed on my turf, huh? Then you’d best get ready to rumble.