The primary objective was to develop an improved school bus structure producible with modest cost and weight increases over current buses. A secondary objective was to evaluate safety, driver field of view, acceleration and passing, braking and handling characteristics of typical school buses. Structural and accident avoidance tests were performed on two Baseline Buses. An Improved Bus was designed and two Improved Buses were fabricated for evaluation. Identical tests on the Improved Bus showed structural improvements of 33 to 57 percent were achieved with a cost increase of only $500 (4.5 percent and a weight increase of only 530 pounds (3.9 percent). Acceleration and passing, braking, and handling tests showed that the added weight had not degraded performance in these areas. Based on these results, school bus structural standards and feasible compliance test procedures are recommended. Other recommendations are made for improved emergency egress, driver field of view, and handling test procedures. /HSRI/

  • Corporate Authors:

    Dynamic Science

  • Authors:
    • Boulay, P
    • Davis, S
  • Publication Date: 1975-6

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; Photos; Tables;
  • Pagination: 610 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00127258
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Highway Safety Research Institute
  • Report/Paper Numbers: DOT/HS-801 616,617 Final Rpt.
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-HS-046-3-694
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jan 14 1976 12:00AM