FUEL ECONOMY THROUGH DRIVER AWARENESS: THE TEXAS DPS EXPERIMENT

As a result of research into the area of fuel economy, the Department of Energy (DOE) developed the Department of Energy Conservation Awareness Program (DECAT) and made it available to governmental agencies and private industry in an attempt to promote fuel conservation awareness. Four different patrol districts from the Texas DPS (three experimental groups and one control group) were selected to implement a driver awareness conservation program of the DECAT type to see whether it would have any significant impact upon fuel economy in a large police organization. Based on the results of this study, it can be stated with confidence that the implementation of driver awareness programs can improve fuel economy in the highway setting, that the programs are most effective when continued reinforcement in the form of supervisory monitoring is employed, and that implementation of an ongoing program of this type can have a beneficial impact on a department in that substantial decreases in fuel expenditures can be realized.

  • Corporate Authors:

    International Association of Chiefs of Police

    11 Firstfield Road
    Gaithersburg, MD  United States  20760
  • Authors:
    • Shields, P M
    • Bertling, K R
    • Marshall Jr, P
  • Publication Date: 1984-9

Media Info

  • Features: Tables;
  • Pagination: 2 p.
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00393854
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-037 705
  • Files: HSL, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: May 31 1985 12:00AM