MOTOR CYCLE SAFETY AND DAYTIME USE OF HEADLAMPS

One of the major contributing factors to collisions between motorcycles and other vehicles is the apparent failure of other road users to perceive the presence of a motorcycle. The daytime use of motorcycle headlamps has been proposed as one means of countering this problem. This study of motorcycle crashes in new south Wales indicates that the daytime use of motorcycle headlamps is strongly linked with greater safety and that this safety effect is apparently equally strong for both "small" and "large" motorcycles. The study also indicates that the effect is apparently largely due to headlamp usage per se and not some other correlating factor. A law requiring daytime headlamp usage on motorcycles is likely to be well received by motorcyclists and its introduction should be considered by governments. /Author/TRRL/

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Paper to the 13th Conference of the Ergonomics Society of Australia and New Zealand.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Ergonomics Society of Australia and New Zealand

    Russell Offices
    Canberra, ACT 2600,   Australia 
  • Authors:
    • VAUGHAN, R G
  • Publication Date: 1976-12

Media Info

  • Features: References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 24 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00165722
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Analtyic
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: May 18 1978 12:00AM