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The Effects of Weather on Vehicle Idling

This study, using Vehicle Monitoring Technology (VMT), quantifies the extent to which weather, particularly ambient air temperatures, influence the incidences and duration of engine idling times across a snow resort fleet.  The main objective of the study assesses the relationship between weather and driver behaviour amongst snow resort fleet vehicles.  The results reveal variable frequencies of hard accelerations and decelerations, as well as high levels of idling, both of which greatly reduce fuel efficiency.

This paper was published in the 46th Annual Conference Proceedings of the Canadian Transportation Research Forum (May 29-June 1, 2011). 

Authors: Lindsay Matthews, Michelle Rutty, Jean Andrey and Tania Del Matto.