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Acceleration and Braking Performance of School Buses

Journal Article
ISSN: 1946-391X, e-ISSN: 1946-3928
Published April 16, 2012 by SAE International in United States
Acceleration and Braking Performance of School Buses
Citation: Funk, C., Howery, T., Jager, J., and Lee, D., "Acceleration and Braking Performance of School Buses," SAE Int. J. Commer. Veh. 5(1):215-238, 2012,
Language: English


There is a limited amount of data currently available on the acceleration and braking performances of school buses. This paper analyzes the braking performance of various Type A and Type C school buses with hydraulic and air brakes. The effect of ABS and Non-ABS systems as well as driver experience is discussed. A comparison with passenger car braking performance is presented. The acceleration of a school bus is also presented. Evaluations of “normal” and “rapid” accelerations are presented for Type A and Type B buses. A comparison with commonly used acceleration values for various vehicles is presented.