More than half the motorists in the country are unaware of the traffic light sequence, with 52% unable to recognise the correct order of the green, amber and red signals.
A poll by car retail company Autoquake.com asked drivers to name the signal that appears after the amber light is shown. Only 48% replied correctly with a red.
Being careless with traffic lights can lead to accidents, which potentially results in escalated car insurance claims.
Around 39% of those surveyed said the signal following amber would be green, 7% thought green and amber appear together, while 6% predicted red and amber to glow at the same time.
Motorists in the East Midlands topped the traffic signal line-up knowledge, with 64% identifying red as the one that follows amber. But only 40% of drivers in Wales could answer the question correctly.
Autoquake.com's chief executive Dermot Halpin said: "It's amazing that so many drivers think an amber signal is about to change to green. Drivers should remember that an amber light means stop unless it is unsafe to do so.
"As pedestrians we're worried that so many drivers expect to see a green and amber signal since this doesn't exist."
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