Motivating the selfish to stop idling: self-interest cues can improve environmentally relevant driver behaviour

Van de vyver, Julie and Abrams, Dominic and Hopthrow, Tim and Purewal, Kiran and Randsley de Moura, Georgina and Meleady, Rose and UNSPECIFIED and UNSPECIFIED (2018) Motivating the selfish to stop idling: self-interest cues can improve environmentally relevant driver behaviour. Transportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behaviour, 54 . pp. 79-85. ISSN 1369-8478

Full content URL: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.trf.2018.01.015

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Abstract

Air pollution has a huge and negative impact on society, and idling engines are a major contributor to air pollution. The current paper draws on evolutionary models of environmental behaviour to test whether appeals to self-interest can encourage drivers to turn off their engines at long wait stops. Using an experimental design, drivers were shown one of three self-interest appeals (financial, health, kin) while waiting at a congested level-crossing site in the UK. Results showed that all three self-interest appeals increased the chances of drivers turning off their engines compared to the control condition. Specifically, drivers were approximately twice as likely to turn off their engines in the self-interest conditions (39–41% compliance) compared to drivers in the control condition (22% compliance). Thus, self-interest motives can be effective for promoting pro-environmental behavioural compliance. Theoretical and applied implications of this research are discussed.

Keywords:Self-interest, Pro-environmental behaviour, Kin, Behavioural change, Engines
Subjects:C Biological Sciences > C800 Psychology
C Biological Sciences > C810 Applied Psychology
C Biological Sciences > C880 Social Psychology
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Psychology
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Deposited On:07 Mar 2018 14:46

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