How does eco-driving make us feel? Considering the psychological effects of eco-driving

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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.

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Allison, C. K., Stanton, N. A., Fleming, J. M., Yan, X., & Lot, R. (2022). How does eco-driving make us feel? Considering the psychological effects of eco-driving. Applied Ergonomics, 101. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apergo.2022.103680

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