'Now or later?' Understanding adolescents' time-frame for their intentions to obtain a driving license and own a car

This study focuses on adolescents’ intended time-frame for obtaining a driving license and purchasing a car and proposes a behavioural framework based on the socio-ecological model, comprising intrapersonal, interpersonal, institutional, community and policy domains. Qualitative interviews from a survey among 50 Danish adolescents were analyzed by means of thematic narrative analysis. Three groups were identified: car enthusiasts, who would like to be early car users, car pragmatists, who would like to have the license at an early stage and a car at a later stage, and car sceptics, who intend to be late license holders and car users. Adolescents’ vision of their future life script is highly influencing their future transport intention. Among the three groups, the car pragmatists have the highest potential to be affected by policy measures for delaying the driving license and owning a car. Efforts could be directed to promote a less car-oriented future and lay an emphasis on creating a tangible future vision with respect to sustainable transport through planning processes, public involvement and marketing campaigns.


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  • Pagination: 10p
  • Monograph Title: Transport Research Arena (TRA) 2014 Proceedings

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  • Accession Number: 01534636
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Files: VTI, TRIS, ATRI
  • Created Date: Aug 14 2014 10:17AM