PASSENGER CAR FUEL CONSUMPTION AS AFFECTED BY ICE AND SNOW

THE EFFECTS OF ROAD SURFACE ICE, HARD-PACKED SNOW, AND VARIOUS DEPTHS OF NEWLY FALLEN SNOW ON THE FUEL CONSUMPTION OF A TYPICAL PASSENGER CAR WERE EXAMINED DURING THE WINTER OF 1970-1971 ON A STRAIGHT, LEVEL TEST ROAD NEAR OGDENSBURG, NEW YORK. DATA ON OPERATION UNDER VARIOUS CONDITIONS OF ICE AND SNOW WERE COMPARED DIRECTLY TO DATA ON DRY ROAD OPERATION. THE RESULTS GIVEN IN THIS PAPER INCLUDE THE RATE OF FUEL CONSUMPTION OF THE TYPICAL PASSENGER CAR IN RELATION TO SPEED FOR EACH OF THE ICE AND SNOW CONDITIONS INVOLVED IN THE STUDY, THE STRAIGHT-LINE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE FUEL CONSUMPTION OF THE TYPICAL PASSENGER CAR AND DEPTH OF NEWLY FALLEN SNOW FOR THREE RUNNING SPEEDS, AND THE FACTORS TO CORRECT DRY PAVEMENT FUEL CONSUMPTION RATES FOR THE DIFFERENT ICE AND SNOW CONDITIONS FOR THE VARIOUS SPEEDS. THE WORST ICE AND SNOW CONDITION AS FAR AS FUEL CONSUMPTION IS CONCERNED IS SNOW DEPTH. FUEL CONSUMPTION WILL BE 50 PERCENT MORE ON A ROAD WITH A 2-IN. SNOW DEPTH THAN ON A DRY ROAD. INFORMATION DEVELOPED IN THIS STUDY AND EXAMPLES OF APPLICATIONS IN HIGHWAY ECONOMY ANALYSES ARE PRESENTED. /AUTHOR/

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 32-37
  • Monograph Title: Transportation costs
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00202085
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Aug 7 1972 12:00AM