AUSTRALIAN ROAD USERS' UNDERSTANDING OF TRAFFIC CONTROL DEVICES

A preliminary analysis of a survey of drivers' understanding of traffic control devices (tcds) and associated road rules is reported. Fifty metropolitan and non-metropolitan clusters of six drivers each were selected in each of three states (Victoria, New South Wales (NSW) and South Australia (SA) to ensure a socio-demographically representative sample, and quotas applied to each sample ensured an adequate number of young drivers and equal numbers of men and women respondents. There were considerable differences between states in the items which were poorly understood, and understanding of the system was more closely related to age than to current driving experience. Understanding of the symbolic component of regulatory signs was better than previous work suggested, although the understanding of the shape-colour code for different types of signs was poorly understood. The meanings of combinations of signal arrows and through signals were well understood, but there was confusion over whether a green arrow was necessary before making turns. Many drivers still believe that the give way to the right rule applies at t-junctions, and there is considerable confusion as to where overtaking on the left is permitted. (Author/TRRL)

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    • This paper was presented during the 12th Australian Road Research Board Conference, Hobart, Tasmania, 27-31 August 1984.
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    Melbourne, Victoria  Australia 
  • Authors:
    • CAIRNEY, P T
  • Publication Date: 1984

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  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 206-216
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  • Accession Number: 00393473
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS, ATRI
  • Created Date: Jul 31 1985 12:00AM