Promoting a low-noise driving style: An eco-driving intervention study

Lauper, Elisabeth; Moser, Stephanie; Fischer, Maja (2015). Promoting a low-noise driving style: An eco-driving intervention study. In: 11th Biennial Conference on Environmental Psychology (BCEP 2015). Groningen, Netherlands. 24.08.-26.08.2015.

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Road-traffic noise impairs the well-being and health of many people. Motivating car drivers to voluntarily adopt a low-noise driving style (i.e., eco-driving) contributes to the reduction of road-traffic noise, complementary to requirements, bans, and laws. In a field study with employees of a municipality (N = 88), we investigated the effects of an intervention on car drivers’ motivation to prevent road-traffic noise, motivation to practice eco-driving, and driving behavior. The intervention consisted of a leaflet intended to enhance participants’ motivation, a practical eco-driving course, and weekly driving-performance feedbacks. We used a switching-replications design with two intervention groups. In both groups, eco-driving behavior was significantly strengthened by the intervention. The effects on the motivational variables were significant in only one of the groups (however, it should be noted that the average motivation was already relatively high before the intervention). For one of the groups, the study design allowed testing for the effects at an additional follow-up assessment (4 months after the intervention). The results showed that the intervention effect on driving behavior held across this period. The findings of the present research suggest that it is possible to improve car driver’s behavior with regard to a low-noise driving style.

Item Type:

Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)


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

UniBE Contributor:

Lauper, Elisabeth and Moser, Stephanie


300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology




Stephan Schmidt

Date Deposited:

28 Sep 2015 13:30

Last Modified:

28 Nov 2020 02:26


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