The Moose Test: Would Your Car Make The Grade?

The Moose Test: Would Your Car Make The Grade?

The Moose Test: Would Your Car Make The Grade?

You’ve almost certainly never heard of it, but you’d almost certainly want your car to pass the so-called ‘Moose Test.’ Here’s what you need to know…

What Is It?

The first question you probably have is ‘what’s with the name?’ The test was first utilised in Sweden, a country in which striking a moose on the road is a very real concern. Should a Swedish motorist come across a moose whilst driving, they’d most likely attempt to swerve out of its way. After this, they’d most likely have to swerve back into position to avoid oncoming traffic. This provided the basis of the test. Although, it must be said, the test really concerns itself with the behaviour of vehicles and not the largest member of the deer family; they’re more likely to just get out of the way than a reversing vehicle or rogue child.

How Does It Work?

The test is always performed on a dry road surface. Traffic cones are placed along the road so that they form an ‘S’ shape; this is to simulate an obstacle. The vehicle will have a belted passenger in each of its seats and the boot will be fully loaded to realise maximum loading capacity. The driver of the vehicle will immediately swerve away from the cones once entering the road and then instantly swerve back into their original lane (as they’d need to avoid traffic). This is repeated continually at higher speeds until cones are disturbed or the car spins or flips. If this happens, it’s typically between 45 – 50 mph.

Who Uses It?

As you can probably imagine, the test is primarily employed in cooler countries where you might find…Moose. That means the likes of Sweden, Norway, Finland, Canada and Russia. That said, some international manufacturers like Volva and Saab also use the test for some of their models. So seriously is the test taken that the Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute uses a real moose dummy (replicating live moose weight and density) as a part of its testing. Australian testers have been known to use a ‘Kangaroo Test’ with the weight and density of the large, native marsupial.

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