Psychological predictors of eco-driving: A longitudinal study

Lauper, Elisabeth; Moser, Stephanie; Fischer, Maja; Matthies, Ellen; Kaufmann-Hayoz, Ruth (2015). Psychological predictors of eco-driving: A longitudinal study. Transportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behaviour, 33, pp. 27-37. Elsevier 10.1016/j.trf.2015.06.005

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Eco-driving has well-known positive effects on fuel economy and greenhouse-gas emissions. Moreover, eco-driving reduces road-traffic noise, which is a serious threat to the health and well-being of many people. We investigated the psychological predictors of the adoption of eco-driving from the perspective of road-traffic noise abatement. The data came from 890 car drivers who participated in a longitudinal survey over four months. Specifically, we tested the effects of the intention to prevent road-traffic noise, variables derived from the theory of planned behavior (social norm, perceived behavioral control, and attitude), and variables derived from the health action process approach (implementation intention, maintenance self-efficacy, and action control) on the intention to practice eco-driving and on eco-driving behavior. The intention to prevent road-traffic noise was not linked to the intention to practice eco-driving. The strongest predictors of the intention to practice eco-driving were attitude and perceived behavioral control. The strongest predictor of eco-driving behavior was action control. The link between behavioral intention and behavior was weak, indicating that drivers have difficulties putting their intention to practice eco-driving into action. Therefore, intervention efforts should directly address and support the transition from intention to behavior. This could be accomplished by providing reminders, which help to maintain behavioral intention, and by providing behavior feedback, which helps car drivers to monitor their behavior.

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Journal Article (Original Article)


10 Strategic Research Centers > Centre for Development and Environment (CDE)

UniBE Contributor:

Lauper, Elisabeth; Moser, Stephanie; Fischer, Maja and Kaufmann-Hayoz, Ruth


300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology






[364] Awareness and action to mitigate noise pollution




Stephan Schmidt

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25 Aug 2015 15:04

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24 Mar 2017 15:48

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