This paper briefly outlines the effects of speed, grade, curvature, surface type, speed changes and intersections on fuel consumption. It discusses a number of traffic engineering techniques that are available to reduce traffic congestion in urban areas and to reduce fuel consumption. It is considered that the widespread application of these techniques would reduce fuel consumption in urban areas by 5 to 10 percent at the most. The potential effects of increased vehicle occupancy and staggered hours on fuel economy are mentioned, but are likely to be small. There is also brief reference to the potential of road planning and design, and of road construction and maintenance, to lead to fuel economy. (TRRL)

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Fuel Economy. Society of Automotive Engineers-Australasia Seminar, 29th May 1980.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Society of Automotive Engineers

    191 Royal Parade
    Parkville, Victoria 3052,   Australia 
  • Authors:
    • Underwood, R T
  • Publication Date: 1980-5

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; References;
  • Pagination: 12 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00325189
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS, ATRI
  • Created Date: Apr 15 1981 12:00AM