The influence of weather on road safety.

The weather has an influence on road safety. Weather conditions partly determine the road conditions and the driver's behaviour. Most research into the relation between weather and road safety are about the situation during rainfall. However, many other weather conditions are serious influences: fog, snow and black ice, low sun, hard wind, and high temperatures. Studies, mainly abroad, have produced data about the influence of these weather conditions on the crash rate. Various measures have been taken to increase road safety, such as compulsory rear fog lamps, porous asphalt, and the introduction of slipperiness warning systems. However, the studies which were carried out do not make it possible to infer the effectiveness of these measures. Nor is it certain whether the results of these studies can also be applied to the Netherlands.

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  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: 6 p.

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  • Accession Number: 01147324
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Institute for Road Safety Research, SWOV
  • Report/Paper Numbers: SWOV Fact sheet
  • Files: ITRD, SWOV
  • Created Date: Dec 29 2009 7:42AM