How often do you see drivers blocking the intersection?


According to the 2018 PEMCO Insurance Northwest Poll, a majority of drivers say they see other cars roll into intersections and get stuck there, but they rarely purposely do it themselves.

What about you? How often do you see others “block the box,” and how often are you guilty of doing it yourself?

When at a four-way stop, and there is a vehicle stopped at each of the stop signs, who has the legal right of way?

Total OR
58 54 The vehicle that got there first
38 41 The vehicle to the right of whoever went last
2 2 The vehicle on the north side of the intersection
1 1 The vehicle with the most aggressive driver

When you stop at an intersection and there is a vehicle ahead of you also stopped, how much space do you typically leave between your vehicle and the vehicle ahead of you?

Total OR
1 1 Inches
5 6 About 1 foot
16 14 About 2 feet
33 33 About 3 feet
43 44 More than 3 feet

When you’re stopped at an intersection and there are other vehicles stopped also, how often do you see other drivers leaving two or three feet of space between their own vehicle and the vehicle ahead of them?

Total OR
24 24 Often
46 43 Sometimes
24 26 Rarely
2 2 Never

When you’re driving in traffic that is congested and very backed up, how often do you enter an intersection without realizing that you might not make it to the other side before the light changes (blocking the box)?

Total OR
3 3 It happens to me a lot
31 32 It happens occasionally
55 54 It rarely happens
10 9 It never happens

When you’re driving and traffic is congested and backed up, how often do you enter an intersection when you know for sure you won’t be able to get to the other side before the light changes (blocking the box)?

Total OR
2 3 I do that a lot
8 9 I do it occasionally
32 32 I do it, but only rarely
56 54 I never do that

Whether you’re driving, walking or biking or something else, and traffic around you is congested and very back up, how often do you see other drivers enter an intersection and then accidentally get stuck blocking the intersection when the light changes?

Total OR
34 31 I see that a lot
47 47 I see that occasionally
13 14 I rarely see that happen
4 4 I never see that happen

And how often do you see other drivers enter a congested intersection when it’s obvious they’ll never make it to the other side before the light changes—so you feel sure they blocked traffic on purpose.

Total OR
26 25 I see that a lot
42 41 I see that occasionally
23 23 I rarely see that happen
5 6 I never see that happen

About the PEMCO Insurance Northwest Poll
PEMCO Insurance commissioned this independent survey, conducted by FBK Research of Seattle, that asked Washington and Oregon residents questions about driving habits and attitudes toward current Northwest issues. The sample size, 600 respondents in Washington and 600 in Oregon, yields an accuracy of +/- 4.1 percent at the 95 percent confidence level. In other words, if this study were conducted 100 times, in 95 instances the data will not vary by more than the associated error range.

About PEMCO Insurance
PEMCO Insurance, established in 1949, is a Seattle-based provider of auto, home, boat, and umbrella insurance to Northwest residents. PEMCO Insurance is sold to consumers by the method they choose – phone, local community agents, or online. For more information, visit pemco.com.

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