VEHICLE HANDLING STUDY: INTERIM REPORT

Ninety-nine single-vehicle and 41 two-vehicle accidents occurring in part of Oakland County and Washtenaw County, Michigan from September 1, 1976 to March 31, 1976 were investigated. Data relevant to determination of the potential role of vehicle handling in accident causation, particularly tire data, were collected, together with injury- causation information on 180 vehicles. Tire pressure data were also obtained from Michigan State Police checklane inspections in the summer of 1975 on randomly selected vehicles. The checklane and accident-population tire pressures were compared and additional comparisons were made between accident-population subsets on carcass-type and tread-depth data. The data reveal generally poor tire maintenance practices in both populations, but there is no evidence to implicate poorly maintained tires as causative factors in accident occurrence. This conclusion is highly tentative because there are too few vehicles in the accident population and because vehicle-handling accidents are not well defined and accurately classified. Larger sample sizes, more definitive control-group data, and development of techniques for classifying vehicle-handling accidents are recommended. /HSRI/

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Sponsored by Motor Vehicle Manufacturers Association, Incorporated.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Highway Safety Research Institute

    Huron Parkway and Baxter Road
    Ann Arbor, MI  USA  48109
  • Authors:
    • Filkins, L D
    • Scott, R E
    • Compton, C P
  • Publication Date: 1976-12-1

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 78 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00148975
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Highway Safety Research Institute
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Intrm Rpt.
  • Contract Numbers: 361122
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 27 1977 12:00AM