SAFETY IMPLICATIONS OF VARIOUS TRUCK CONFIGURATIONS. VOLUME I: TECHNICAL REPORT. FINAL REPORT
The purpose of this study is to examine changes to size and weight limits in order to determine their effects on the designs and configurations of heavy vehicles, the performance capabilities of the resulting vehicles, and the ensuing safety implications thereof. The technical report provides results and findings from an analytical investigation of the influences of size and weight limits on trucks. In an analytical sense, pavement loading rules and bridge formulas are the inputs to the analyses and vehicle performances are the outputs. Ultimately, the work shows the manner in which size and weight rules influence the safety-related performance of vehicles designed to increase productivity. By treating a number of projected size and weight scenarios, the study has developed a basis for generalizing to sets of principles that can be used in evaluating the possible safety consequences of changes in size and weight regulations.
- See also Volume II - Appendixes - FHWA-RD-89-019 and Volume III - Summary Report - FHWA-RD-89-085.
University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute2901 Baxter Road
Ann Arbor, MI United States 48109-2150
Federal Highway AdministrationTurner-Fairbank Highway Research Center, 6300 Georgetown Pike
McLean, VA United States 22101
- Fancher, P S
- Mathew, A
- Publication Date: 1990-1
- Features: Figures; References; Tables;
- Pagination: 269 p.
- TRT Terms: Heavy vehicles; Highway safety; Laws; Motor vehicles; Size; Size and weight regulations; Trucks; Vehicle design; Vehicle performance; Weight
- Uncontrolled Terms: Vehicle configurations
- Subject Areas: Design; Highways; Law; Motor Carriers; Safety and Human Factors; Vehicles and Equipment; I91: Vehicle Design and Safety;
- Accession Number: 00495672
- Record Type: Publication
- Report/Paper Numbers: FHWA-RD-89-018, UMTRI-88-32, 3A4A2032
- Contract Numbers: DTFH61-85-C-00091
- Files: TRIS, USDOT
- Created Date: Jul 31 1991 12:00AM