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TitleEnergy conservation and road safety
AuthorsMcLean AJ
Year1982
TypeReport
AbstractThe current emphasis on reducing motor vehicle fuel consumption as an energy conservation measure is seriously affecting the safety of road transportation. Several areas which are significantly affected are considered in this report. The imposition of lower speed limits has been shown to significantly reduce both accident rates and fuel consumption. Changes in traffic management methods can also affect vehicle safety, for instance the increasing usage of area control of traffic lights is useful as an energy consumption measure without any increases in accident rates however otner measures such as l e f t turn on red can result in a significant increase in the accident rate. The trend to using energy efficient transport such as pedal cycles, mopeds and motorcycles is accompanied by an increased risk of injury in an accident for the user. The downsizing of cars for fuel consumption reasons has serious safety implications for the vehicle occupants both in collisions with other vehicles and with roadside occupants. In addition, the increasing usage of alternative fuels, such as LPG (liquid petroleum gas), has potential safety hazards both during normal use and transportation and in the aftermath to an accident.
Report NumberNERDDP/EG/83/213
PublisherDepartment of Resources and Energy
Publisher CityCanberra
SponsorNational Energy Research Development and Demonstration Council- Department of Resources and Energy
ISBN0642864683
ISSN0811-9750
Page Count94
Notesavailable from CASR library on request

Reference
McLean AJ (1982) Energy conservation and road safety (NERDDP/EG/83/213), Department of Resources and Energy, Canberra.