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Factors influencing the intention to travel by car on a regular basis
Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute, Society, environment and transport, Mobility, actors and planning processes.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7383-2412
2014 (English)In: Advances in Psychology Research: Volume 99 / [ed] Alexandra M. Columbus, Nova Science Publishers, Inc., 2014, Vol. 99, p. 93-111Chapter in book (Other academic)
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This paper includes a sample of 1133 people living in the middle and the south of Sweden. The main objective was to explore the use of a car on a journey carried out on a regular basis. An extended version of the theory of planned behaviour (TPB) was used including a separate measure of subjective norm and descriptive norm. In addition to this, a measure of past behaviour was included. The results showed that the TPB explained 31 percent of the variance in intention to use the car. When past behaviour was entered in the second step the variance increased by 26 percent. The most important factors were past behaviour followed by subjective norm. A further analysis was carried out assessing salient beliefs and outcome evaluation. The results showed that only eight behavioural beliefs out of fifteen items significantly explained 34 percent of the intention to use the car. The most important factors included; finding it easy to find somewhere to park and that the car would provide them with more time to carry out daily activities. That the car provided them with a sense of freedom was also important whereas the cost of a journey was less important. To contribute towards a better environment was also regarded as less important. When car drivers and cyclists who on a regular basis travelled a maximum of 7 km were compared some significant results were presented. Car drivers' belief in their own impact on the environment was significantly less than cyclists. Car drivers were also more concerned with time and comfort than the cyclist. Implications of the current findings for the development of intervention programmes are discussed.

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Nova Science Publishers, Inc., 2014. Vol. 99, p. 93-111
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Motivation, Car, Driving (veh), Behaviour, Cyclist, Environment, Attitude (psychol), Time, Comfort
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Applied Psychology
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10 Road: Transport, society, policy and planning, 11 Road: Personal transport; 80 Road: Traffic safety and accidents, 84 Road: Road users
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URN: urn:nbn:se:vti:diva-9331Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84952327767ISBN: 9781633212862 ISBN: 9781633212855 OAI: oai:DiVA.org:vti-9331DiVA, id: diva2:1164818
Available from: 2017-12-12 Created: 2017-12-12 Last updated: 2017-12-19Bibliographically approved

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