Perceptions of Car Users and Policy Makers on the Effectiveness and Acceptability of Car Travel Reduction Measures: An Attribution Theory Approach

Many people who use their cars to travel are aware that automobile travel, though convenient, has costs associated with it. Most drivers seem to believe that, though they would like to decrease they amount that they drive, they are not able to because their circumstances prohibit it. However, these people, when asked to judge other drivers, believe that other drivers don't reduce the amount they drive because they don't want to. This paper addresses the relationship between the beliefs about the effectiveness of reduction measures for automobile travel and the causal attributions of automobile drivers and policy makers. If actors attribute reduction of automobile travel to external causes (ability) and observers attribute it to internal dispositions (willingness) how does this impact their perceptions of the flexibility of automobile use?


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Edition: First Edition
  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 469-479
  • Monograph Title: Traffic and Transport Psychology: Theory and Application. Proceedings of the ICTTP 2000

Subject/Index Terms

Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01003869
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 008043925X
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 20 2005 12:14PM