ESRA (E-SURVEY OF ROAD USERS’ ATTITUDES) is a joint international initiative of research organisations and road safety institutes coordinated by Vias institute.  

Aim & objectives

  • Provide scientific support to road safety policy making at the national and international levels by surveying representative samples of road users.
  • Ensure comparability of results across all participating countries by uniform sampling method and identical questionnaires.
  • It is the intention of the ESRA consortium to repeat this survey on a triennial basis. A core set of questions is retained in every edition of the survey; this allows the development of a time series of road safety performance indicators.


The ESRA project started with 17 countries in 2015, and has meanwhile grown to 48 countries in 2020.

Methodology & questionnaire

The ESRA questionnaire is a web survey, which was completed by respondents from internet access panels.

In each country a representative samples (n=1,000) of the national adult population is surveyed. The common questionnaire was developed in English (UK) and is translated into national language versions. 

The first edition of the ESRA survey (ESRA1) was carried out in three waves between 2015-2017. Currently, the second edition (ESRA2) is being prepared. The field work for the first wave will be carried out in June 2018. If you are interested in joining this edition, please contact us!

Main target groups

  • Car drivers
  • Moped drivers and motorcyclists
  • Cyclists
  • Pedestrians

Main road safety topics

  • Driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs
  • Speeding
  • Protective system (seat belt and child restraint systems)
  • Distraction and fatigue

Main themes

  • Use of different transport modes
  • Acceptability of safe and unsafe traffic behaviour
  • Support for policy measures
  • Self-declared safe and unsafe behaviour in traffic
  • Attitudes towards safe and unsafe traffic behaviour
  • Subjective safety and risk perception
  • Involvement in road crashes
  • Attitudes towards enforcement measures
  • Vehicle automation (new)

 ESRA flyer


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