HALF A CENTURY AND A BILLION KILOMETRES SAFELY

After 50 years of parallel development and growth, a comparison of safety statistics between U.S. public highways and the General Motors Proving Ground 200 km private road system shows: the Proving Ground has approximately a five times lower accident rate, seven times lower fatality rate, thirty-five times lower injury rate, and almost nine times lower property damage rate. Accident analysis and preventive countermeasures are discussed philosophically and by practical examples. This exceptional safety record has been achieved by having trained drivers operating well-maintained vehicles on properly designed driving schedules using a road/roadside system designed for safety. All known Proving Ground accident causation factors now have operational countermeasures except sleep. /GMRL/

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    • Presented at SAE Passenger Car Meeting, Troy, Michigan, 5-9 June 1978.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)

    400 Commonwealth Drive
    Warrendale, PA  United States  15096
  • Authors:
    • JONES, T O
    • Kelly, A H
    • Johnson, D R
  • Publication Date: 1978-6

Media Info

  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: 39 p.
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00183075
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: SAE 780621, HS-025 525U
  • Files: HSL, TRIS
  • Created Date: Dec 12 1985 12:00AM