This report presents the results of a research programme involving both laboratory and on-road investigations that has been carried out in 1996–97 with the aims of:
The experimental design used together with significant correlations identified between skid resistance and aggregate and surface profiles are described. The principal finding of the research was that the crushing process beneficially affects the polishing resistance of greywacke alluvial aggregates by exposing a greater degree of microtexture and also on-road skid resistance by increasing texture in the 1–5 mm wavelength range. Texture at this scale is a significant contributor to the hysteretic component of tyre rubber friction. Two predictive skid resistance models are presented, one relating skid resistance to easily measured seal characteristics, and the other to road surface profiles over 0.5 to 50 mm wavelengths. Both models were capable of explaining 75–80% of the total variation observed in the GripTester derived wet skid resistance values.