Speeds on two lane rural roads: the use of a mail return questionnaire for collecting data about drivers

This report covers a study of the feasibility of using a mail return questionnaire as part of the data collection system in Australian Road Research Board (ARRB) project 324 (speed on two lane rural roads). In the study 900 questionnaires were distributed to drivers in three locations. The rate of response was 34 per cent, and over 80 per cent of returns were received during the first week after distribution. Only a few questions (0 - 2.6 Per cent) were left unanswered in returned questionnaires and the critical registration plate number was left blank in less than 5 per cent of responses. Statistical tests carried out in the study showed that no significant bias can be expected using the mail return questionnaire method. Thus, the mail return questionnaire was found an appropriate tool for the research. However, on comparing the mail return questionnaire and interview methods, the latter was preferred. The preference for interviewing was based mainly on lower costs and the smaller number of days of field study required when this technique was used.

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    Melbourne, Victoria  Australia 
  • Authors:
    • Galin, D
  • Publication Date: 1979-6


  • English

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  • Pagination: 21p
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    • Issue Number: AIR 324-1

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  • Accession Number: 01439744
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Files: ATRI
  • Created Date: Aug 24 2012 10:31PM