Every year two Law Enforcement Agencies conduct Law Enforcement Vehicle Evaluations. The results are a good source of information. But, in our opinion, their test for measuring vehicle handling and cornering power are not what they could be.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department does not call their test handling, the report calls their two tests a 32 Lap High Speed Vehicle Evaluation and a Pursuit Course Evaluation. The Michigan State Police call there procedure Vehicle Dynamics Testing.
A characteristic that should be measured is the vehicle’s emergency maneuvering capability. The test is rather simple to set up, and inexpensive. The standard accepted test procedure for vehicle handling is the International Organization for Standardization test ISO 3888-1. It is basically a calibrated Lane Change exercise, and is used by many to evaluate a vehicle’s emergency maneuvering capability.
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