THE NETHERLANDS - AMERICA. SOME CONSIDERATIONS ON DIFFERENCES IN TRAFFIC SAFETY AND ITS EXPLANATIONS

NEDERLAND - AMERIKA. ENIGE BESCHOUWINGEN OVER VERSCHILLEN IN VERKEERSONVEILIGHEID EN VERKLARINGEN DAARVOOR

American traffic looks more quiet, more disciplined and less agressive than Dutch traffic according to some poeple. This could be explained by differences in the nature of the car fleet, traffic composition, traffic regulations and driver behaviour. If these impressions of quietness and discipline are really representative of the American traffic and if they are indicative of traffic, safety cannot be concluded from the available data. It is difficult to compare traffic safety in the Netherlands and the USA. Available data tend to show that Dutch traffic is more safe. On the other hand, appearances can be deceptive: a car which is driven uniformly, but is handled badly can leave the road in a bend, certainly if the driver is under the influence of alcohol. It is concluded that more research into causal connections is wanted. (TRRL)

Language

  • Dutch

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 15 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00399386
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Institute for Road Safety Research, SWOV
  • Report/Paper Numbers: R-84-43 Monograph
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Jan 31 1986 12:00AM