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Omkörningar av långa fordonskombinationer: studie av mötesmarginaler
Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute.
1976 (Swedish)Report (Other academic)
Abstract [sv]

A traffic study was performed in order to elucidate the effect of vehicle length on the accident risk when overtaking long vehicle combinations. Also the influence of a vehicle mounted sign indicating the length of the vehicle was investigated. The experiment was performed as a full scale test in a real traffic environment. Two test vehicles, 18 and 24 metres long respectively, were driven simultaneously along the test sections at a constant speed of 70 km/h and 10 km apart. Overtaking processes were recorded by means of film cameras on the roof of the test vehicles. The test vehicles covered a total mileage of 13 640 km during the test period of eight weeks. The time gap was used as a measure of accident risk, i.e. the number of seconds elapsing between the conclusion of an overtaking operation and the time when the overtaking vehicle meets or could have met an oncoming vehicle. The differences in mean values of time gaps between the two vehicle lengths were very small. There was a slight tendency for the 24 metre vehicle to induce a greater number of hazardous overtakings than the 18 metre vehicle, but this difference has not been statistically proved. The vehicle mounted signs indicating vehicle length were found to improve meeting margins.

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Linköping: Statens Väg- och Trafikinstitut. Rapport nr 103 , 1976.
VTI rapport, ISSN 0347-6030
Keyword [en]
Traffic engineering, Overtaking, Vehicle, Length, Headway, Highway design, Risk taking, Visibility distance, Signalization, Vehicle spacing, Articulated vehicle
Research subject
Road: Traffic engineering, Road: Traffic theory; Road: Traffic engineering, Road: Traffic measurement and traffic analysis
URN: urn:nbn:se:vti:diva-5412OAI: diva2:674272
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