An 18-month study of the characteristics and capabilities of 100 selected drivers revealed that the average driver used barely half of the car's performance and handling capability in evasive maneuvering that should often avoid an accident. The research program which was conducted on a 1.2 mile driving course, involved volunteer drivers (60 percent male and 40 percent female) and test driving a winding course five times at the limit of speed they were willing to use in performing various highway driving maneuvers. It was found that in most instances, the drivers resorted to hard panic braking in simulated emergency situations, often locking up all 4 wheels and thus losing all steering control. Nearly all of the drivers were unwilling to utilize the full covering ability of their cars, both when traveling at an average speed of 54 miles an hour, and at modest speeds of 30-40 miles an hour. While attempting to maneuver on a wet roadway, nearly half of the drivers experienced problems.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Calspan Corporation

    4455 Genesee Street
    Buffalo, NY  United States  14225
  • Publication Date: 1975-11

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 7
  • Serial:
    • Calspan News
    • Issue Number: 12
    • Publisher: Calspan Corporation

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00128659
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 21 1976 12:00AM