Here you can find the instructions for recording your car trips.

You can record your trips by selecting ‘Trip overview’ in the main menu.

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    Please keep track of your car trips for a full week. The week starts on the day on which you record your first trip. After you have recorded your first trip all 7 days for which you are asked to record trips will appear in your personal trip overview. When you have recorded all your trips for 7 days, you should select the option ‘Complete’. A few days after that, you will receive an e-mail with a link to the second part of the research.

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    You only record car trips that you make by yourself, irrespective of whether you use your own car or another one. Trips in which you are not the driver but the passenger should not be recorded.

  • 3

    You only record trips for personal travel reasons, including commute trips. Business trips made during working time, such as visiting clients, should not be recorded.

  • 4

    Trips that have a destination abroad should not be recorded.

  • 5

    Each location where you perform an activity after a car trip should count as the destination location of the trip. When you combine multiple activities on the way to your final destination, you should separate this route into multiple trips. For example, on your way from work to home you may stop at the supermarket to buy some groceries and at the nursery school to pick up your child. These are three separate trips: one with the destination ‘supermarket’, one with the destination ‘nursery’ school, and one with the destination ‘home’.

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    When you record a new trip it is important that you provide a short description of the activity that you performed at the destination location. The short descriptions will be shown in your trip overview. With your descriptions you will be better able to distinguish between trips and to recall trips in the second part of the research.

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    When you report the destination location of the trip you will also be asked to provide a short description of the location. The chosen location will be saved in the list ‘Locations used’ under its description. Then you can easily select a location you have already used when you visit that location again.

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    When recording a trip you are asked to provide information on the importance and flexibility of the trip, other than for trips with the destination home.

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    The number of miles for the trip is calculated by Google Maps on the basis of the quickest route. That could potentially mean that the distance calculated for the outward and return trip differ a little. We assume that the route you drive is comparable with the route suggested by Google Maps. Because of complex issues, it is not possible to change the route in the map displayed. In general, the route that people actually travel does not differ much from the quickest route.

If you are not sure how to record a particular trip you could always contact the researchers through the ‘Contact’ page.

Below you can see a screenshot of how a personal trip overview might look.