One of the primary objectives of improvements in handling is to reduce traffic accidents, particularly collision incidents. Accident statistics tend to record failures not successes. It is therefore difficult to prove conclusively whether improved handling reduces accidents and injury severity. Also there is no agreement, as yet, on how one can scientifically assess safe handling and in particular the vehicle response to transit inputs, although these are characteristic features of successful accident avoidance manoeuvres. A rapid transition from a safe, predictable response to driver input to one which demands the skill and experience of a professional driver to control the vehicle is far from desirable, yet we still found it in some of the latest design motor cars.

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 175-184

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00387041
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: C127/83, HS-036 353
  • Files: HSL, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jul 30 1984 12:00AM