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Publication Number: FHWA-HRT-05-078
Date: November 2005

Driver Attitudes and Behaviors at Intersections and Potential Effectiveness of Engineering Countermeasures

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APPENDIX C. TAKE-HOME SURVEY

Instructions

Please circle the number that best represents your answer to each question. For questions 2 and beyond, please notice the italicized words on either end of the number scale. The numbers and words on each side of the “4” modify these words.

The Scenario

These questions are about the driving situation discussed in the group where the light turns yellow just as you approach an intersection. Specifically, you have enough time to stop if you brake quickly; otherwise, the light is likely to turn red while you are in the intersection unless you speed up quite a bit. For simplicity, we will refer to this situation as going through on a late yellow/early red throughout the survey.

What is your age?__________What is your gender?__________

1) During the last 3 months, how often have you gone through an intersection on a late yellow/early red light?

123 456 7
NeverSeldom SometimesAbout half the time Most of the timeAlmost all of the time All the time

2) How likely is it that you will go through the intersection the next time you encounter a late yellow/early red light?

Unlikely123 456 7Likely
ExtremelyQuite SlightlyNeither SlightlyQuite Extremely

3) How dangerous do you think it is to go through an intersection on a late yellow/early red light?

Dangerous123 456 7Safe
ExtremelyQuite SlightlyNeither SlightlyQuite Extremely

4) How much do you agree with the following statement: Going through an intersection on a late yellow/early red helps you get where you are going faster?

Disagree123 456 7Agree
ExtremelyQuite SlightlyNeither SlightlyQuite Extremely

5) Can you think of any other benefits or negative results of going through an intersection on a late yellow/early red light?____________________________________________________________________________

6) Is going through an intersection on a late yellow/early red something you do on purpose, or just something you do out of habit because you always do it that way?

Purposeful123 456 7Habitual
ExtremelyQuite SlightlyNeither SlightlyQuite Extremely

7) Have you been involved in a traffic crash at an intersection in the last:

123 4
Year5 Years EverNever

8) How much do you agree with the following statement: Most people who are important to me think that I should stop on yellow lights?

Disagree123 456 7Agree
ExtremelyQuite SlightlyNeither SlightlyQuite Extremely

9) How much do you agree with the following statement: In general, I want to do what people important to me think I should do?

Disagree123 456 7Agree
ExtremelyQuite SlightlyNeither SlightlyQuite Extremely

10) How much is your decision to go through the intersection on a late yellow/early red light directly under your control versus something that you don’t control because of other factors, such as the length of the yellow light, traffic conditions, slippery roads, other drivers, steep hills, etc.?

Under my control123 456 7Not Under my control
ExtremelyQuite SlightlyNeither SlightlyQuite Extremely

If you said that it is not under your control in question 10, what makes you go through the intersection on a late yellow light?____________________________________________________________________________

12) How likely do you think it is that the following will happen if you go through a late yellow light?

Get a traffic ticket for running a red light:

Unlikely123 456 7Likely
ExtremelyQuite SlightlyNeither SlightlyQuite Extremely

Crash into another car:

Unlikely123 456 7Likely
ExtremelyQuite SlightlyNeither SlightlyQuite Extremely

Can you think of any other things that might happen if you go through a late yellow/early red light?____________________________________________________________________________

Thank you for completing the questionnaire.

Please mail it back to the researchers using the postage-paid envelope provided.

 

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