Paving For Fun

How To Create Rolling Bumps In Your Driveway (And Why)

You have a driveway, like most homeowners. If you are fortunate, it is also paved. That is all fine and good, but maybe you also have a teenager learning to drive. That is a scary thing indeed. Fortunately for you, you can create your very own rolling speed bumps. The bumps will remind your teen to slow down and look around as he or she pulls in and out of the driveway while learning to drive. (The rolling speed bumps are also fun for the younger kids to ride their bikes and riding toys over.) Here is how you can create these bumps with a little bit of creative asphalt paving.

Hire a Paving Contractor

First and foremost, hire a paving contractor. He or she will have the tools and the asphalt you need to create these semi-circular speed bumps in your driveway. Tell the contractor what your intentions are so that the contractor can bring the right amount of asphalt and the correct tools. The job will require at least two to four crew members too.

Building the Bumps

To build the bumps in your driveway, rectangular forms will be constructed. These forms will stretch across the width of your driveway, creating two to four or more evenly-spaced areas. The forms are filled to the top with asphalt, creating blocks of asphalt. Before the asphalt cools and hardens, the crew pulls out some special tools that will help form the rounded hump tops of the bumps. The tools, or rounded forms, will have to stay in place just long enough to prevent the asphalt from sliding down the sides. That means that everything has to cool and stick together as it cools. Finally, the forms are removed.

Waiting to Drive over Your New Speed Bumps

The asphalt will need at least a day to cool and harden. You will have to park your cars elsewhere. The paving contractor may return to coat the bumps so that they are not rough from the bitumen and become quite smooth.

When the project is complete, the paving contractor will let you know when it is safe to drive over the bumps. The younger children can test the speed bumps first with their bikes and ride-on toys. Then you can let your teen get behind the wheel and practice backing up and driving forward carefully over the bumps in the driveway. After driving over the speed bumps, it will become second nature to your teen to not race into or out of the driveway. To learn more, contact an asphalt paving company like Lien Transportation Co