RELATION BETWEEN MAXIMUM SPEED AND SAFETY RELATED CHARACTERISTICS OF PASSENGER VEHICLES

ZUSAMMENHANG ZWISCHEN HOECHSTGESCHWINDIGKEIT UND SICHERHEITSRELEVANTEN MERKMALEN VON PERSONENKRAFTWAGEN

THE AIM WAS TO ESTABLISH POSSIBLE RELATIONS BETWEEN THE MAXIMUM SPEED OF CARS AND SAFETY-RELATED CHARACTERISTICS IN ORDER TO INDICATE THE POSSIBLE INFLUENCE OF LEGALLY PRESCRIBED MAXIMUM SPEEDS ON THE SAFETY-RELATED CONSTRUCTIONAL FEATURES OF VEHICLES. THE METHOD INVOLVED (1) DEFINITION OF SAFETY-RELATED CHARACTERISTICS FROM BOTH ACTIVE AND PASSIVE SAFETY AREAS; (2) ESTABLISHMENT OF SAFETY-RELATED CHARACTERISTICS FOR ALL PRIVATE CAR TYPES MANUFACTURED UP TO 1973 AND (3) CLASSIFICATION OF RESULTS INTO 4 DEFINED SPEED CLASSES. POSSIBLE MODIFICATION OF SAFETY-RELATED CHARACTERISTICS BY MEANS OF A FUTURE MAXIMUM SPEED LIMIT WAS NOT DETERMINED.