How Does Eco-Driving Make Us Feel? Considering the Psychological effects of Eco-Driving

Craig Allison, Neville Stanton, James Fleming, Xingda Yan, Roberto Lot

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    Abstract

    Despite both the environmental and financial benefits of eco-driving being well known, the psychological impact of engaging in eco-driving behaviours has received less attention within the literature. It was anticipated that being asked to engage in eco-driving behaviours not only has an impact on vehicle fuel usage, but also on the driver, both in terms of their overall mood and willingness to re-engage with the task at a later time. Results from a simulated driving study suggest that although eco-driving was beneficial in reducing fuel consumption, being asked to eco-drive had a negative effect on overall journey time and mood. Engaging in eco-driving did however have a positive effect on self-esteem, suggesting potential longer term psychological benefits of adopting this behaviour.
    Original languageEnglish
    Article number103680
    JournalApplied Ergonomics
    Volume101
    Early online date19 Jan 2022
    DOIs
    Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 19 Jan 2022

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