Traffic rules and regulations : Knowledge and awareness

A questionnaire
prepared by
Indic Society for Education and Development (INSEED)
http://www.inseed.org/


Background

The number of vehicles is increasing in India and with the ever-increasing population of India, driving or riding a vehicle is becoming a dangerous experience. The road accident rate in India (and particularly in Maharashtra) is truly alarming. Studies conducted in India and other parts of the world have indicated that negligent road-user behaviour is the main factor in 65 per cent of the accidents and a contributing factor in about 90 per cent of the cases. It becomes necessary to find out the knowledge of the Rules of Road Regulation and how they are followed in practice, and in the process, disseminate the actual guidelines to be followed while driving or riding on the road.

Traffic rules and regulations questionnaire

(Confidential)

Name of partcipant:
Address:
Age (in full years):
Sex (1 = men, 2 = women):

Date of survey (dd/mm/year): |__|__||__|__||__|__|__|__|


1. Do you drive/ride any vehicle?
1 = yes
2 = no
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If answer to Q1 is no then do not proceed further.
2. Do you have a driving license?
1 = yes
2 = no
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3. Did you go to a driving school to learn to ride/drive?
1 = yes
2 = no
8 = irrelevant (if answer to the question above is no)
|__|
4. Did you read the Rules of the Road Regulations before taking the vehicle on the road for the first time?
1 = yes
2 = no
3 = do not know
|__|
5. Have you ever read the Rules of the Road Regulations?
1 = yes
2 = no
3 = do not know
|__|
6. When you approach the circle, do you wait for the vehicles which are already in the circle to pass?
1 = yes
2 = no
3 = do not know
|__|
7. When getting on to a main road to the left, do you look for vehicles coming from the right?
(a) always
(b) sometimes
(c) never
(d) wait to hear horns honking
 
8. While merging with the vehicles, do wait for the vehicles of the main road to pass?
1 = yes
2 = no
3 = do not know
|__|
9. Do you look into the rearview mirror before starting to overtake?
1 = yes
2 = no
3 = do not know
|__|
10. Do you use your indicator when turning?
1 = yes
2 = no
3 = do not know
|__|
11. Do you overtake from the left?
1 = yes
2 = no
3 = do not know
|__|
12. Do you use the wrong side or any free space of the road to take a short cut?
1 = yes
2 = no
3 = do not know
 
13. While at a circle/roundabout, whose right of way is it?
1 = Those who are already in the circle
2 = Those approaching the circle
3 = do not know
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14. Have you had minor accidents/mishaps involving other people/vehicles?
1 = yes
2 = no
3 = do not remember
 
15. If yes, how have you settled the issue?
1 = shouting/arguments
2 = fist fight or threat thereof
3 = called the police
4 = exchanged insurance information
5 = other
8 = irrelevant (if answer to the question above is no)
 
16. When getting on to a main road to the right, do you go from the right side of the smaller road?
1 = yes
2 = no
3 = do not know
 
17. You wish to take a u-turn, but there is a divider and the correct crossing point requires more driving. Will you follow the correct direction and then cross over?
1 = yes
2 = no, I will go in the wrong direction and then cross over
3 = do not know
 
18. Do you give way to cyclists/pedestrians who are on the main road (i.e. when getting on to a main road)?
1 = yes
2 = no
3 = sometimes
4 = do not know
5 = what cyclists?
 
19. Do you give way to pedestrians at zebra crossings or junctions?
1 = yes
2 = no
3 = sometimes
4 = do not know
 
20. Do you look for speed limit indications?
1 = yes
2 = no
3 = sometimes
 
21. If yes, do you follow them?
1 = yes
2 = no
3 = sometimes
8 = irrelevant (if answer to the question above is no)
 
22. Is your speedometer working?
1 = yes
2 = no
3 = do not know
 
23. Are the current speed limits
1 = enough?
2 = too much?
3 = too less?
4 = do not know
 
24. Do you keep your rearview mirrors open?
1 = both right and left
2 = only right (driver's side)
3 = none
 
25. Is it a good practice to make seat belts compulsory for all passengers?
1 = yes
2 = no
3 = do not know
 
26. Do you stop at the marked line before a zebra crossing at the traffic lights?
1 = yes
2 = no
3 = sometimes
4 = do not know
 
27. Do you find the traffic condition at a circle unmanageable?
1 = yes
2 = no
3 = sometimes
4 = do not know
 
28. If everyone knows and follows the rules at a circle then the condition will be improved. Do you agree?
1 = yes
2 = no
3 = do not know
 
29. Is night driving difficult?
1 = yes
2 = no
3 = sometimes
4 = do not know
 
30. Do you use high beam while driving in the night?
1 = yes
2 = no
3 = sometimes
8 = irrelevant
 
31. Is it disturbing if other drivers/vehicles use high beam?
1 = yes
2 = no
3 = sometimes
4 = do not know
 
32. Have you noticed vehicles on the road which do not seem road-worthy?
1 = yes
2 = no
3 = do not know
 
33. Do you stop your vehicle on the road in such a way that it can cause obstruction? (e.g. going into a shop for a short while)
1 = yes
2 = no
3 = sometimes
 
34. Have you used a mobile phone while driving?
1 = yes
2 = no
3 = sometimes
8 = irrelevant (do not have a mobile phone)
 
35. When in a dual carriage road (double lane), do you always drive in the right lane?
1 = yes
2 = no
3 = sometimes
 
36. When in a dual carriage road, do you move on to the right lane only if you are overtaking?
1 = yes
2 = no
3 = do not know
 
37. Is it a good practice to blow the horn as a warning when you want to overtake?
1 = yes
2 = no
 
38. When drivers of vehicles ahead of you (same direction of travel) give a right-turn signal, is it confusing?
1 = yes
2 = no
3 = sometimes
4 = do not know
 
39. Do you give any indication (other than the horn) when you are about to start overtaking?
1 = yes
2 = no
3 = sometimes
 
40. Do you find hand signals from other drivers confusing ?
1 = yes
2 = no
3 = sometimes
4 = do not know
 

Updated: 2008.03.28 © 2006-2015 INSEED