Category Archives: Safety

Highway middle barriers substantially increase road safety

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland investigated the safety effects of middle barriers on non-motorway highways in Finland. The results indicate that highway middle barriers greatly improve road safety and are particularly effective at reducing fatal accidents, with four in five such accidents...

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How vehicles can avoid accidents on newly paved roads

Friction is an important property for road safety. VTI has investigated how roads change in the first few weeks after surfacing work has been completed. Researchers recommend posting warning signs when the road is opened and waiting at least three weeks to measure the friction of the road. A few...

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VTI contributes to study on older drivers and accidents

On behalf of and in collaboration with the Swedish Transport Agency, VTI has carried out a study of older drivers and the link between illness and traffic accidents. The Transport Agency has now published the results. The issue of periodic medical screening for older drivers does not need to be...

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Safety culture as a regulatory tool in transport

Researchers at TØI have examined how the concept of safety culture is practiced in different transport sectors in Sweden. The Swedish Transport Agency has defined safety culture as part of the regulatory strategy. This involves focusing on safety culture in audits (through a 28-point checklist)...

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China wants to work with the best – a valuable partnership for VTI

Street life in Beijing, China.
Through the CTS cooperation, VTI is gaining valuable research contacts with China. The country is facing major challenges in the field of road safety but also has enormous potential. CTS stands for China-Sweden Research Centre for Traffic Safety and is a collaborative organisation which VTI has...

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Same survey of road users’ attitudes in 50 countries

At the Road Safety on Five Continents Conference, RS5C, a survey of road users' attitudes in 38 countries was presentet. Results show large differences between countries in many areas, both regarding behavior and attitudes. A new survey in 50 countries will be conducted in 2018 and the Swedish...

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EU project protects cyclists and pedestrians

Cyclists are one category of unprotected road users
According to the World Health Organisation, more than one quarter of road traffic fatalities in 2010 were pedestrians and cyclists. Every year, about 335,000 unprotected road users die because of traffic accidents, which shows the scale of the problem. The EU project Prospect intends to...

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Bicycle helmets – To wear or not to wear?

A man wearing a bicycle helmet
Bicycle helmets reduce serious head injury by 60 percent. Chief Research Officer at the Institute of Transport Economics (TØI) Alena Høye has conducted a meta-analysis of the effects of bicycle helmets on serious head injury and other injuries among crash involved cyclists. 179 effect...

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Testing unmanned aircraft for roadside snowpack avalanche evaluation

Can unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) support the Norwegian Public Roads Administration’s (NPRA) mission to monitor snow avalanche hazards above their roads? NPRA staff recognized that UASs (often called drones) could reduce the need for avalanche staff to travel to dangerous avalanche zones and...

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EU project on traffic safety and crash testing

A virtual model of the human, developed in the the Vinnova financed project VIVA
Crash safety testing is one of the tools used to improve safety on roads. The EU is therefore funding a research project that started recently to develop virtual methods of crash testing. The long-term goal is to supplement the physical evaluation of crash protection in and from the cars by virtual...

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