Accidents and Unpleasant Incidents: Worry in Transport and Prediction of Travel Behavior

This article reports on a study undertaken to investigate traveler's level of worry about accidents and unpleasant incidents on nine different means of transport in a Norwegian sample (n = 853). The authors considered how these two sorts of worry relate to various means of transport as well as transport behavior. The data on worry about accidents identified a division between rail transport, road transport, and nonmotorized transport. Analysis of worry about unpleasant incidents suggested a division between transport modes where travelers interact with other people versus “private” transport modes. Respondents worried more about accidents than unpleasant incidents on private transport modes (car, bicycle, motorcycle), and more about unpleasant incidents than accidents on public transport modes. In regards to worries that inspired a change in travel behavior, worry about accidents was more important than worry about unpleasant incidents on private means of transport, whereas the opposite was true for public means of transport. Another section of the article describes investigations into predictors of worry. Neither of the two multiple regression models were particularly successful as predictors of worry about accidents or unpleasant incidents on different means of transport. The authors conclude that knowledge about travelers' worries on different means of transport is important with regard to understanding and influencing transport and travel behavior, as well as attending to commuters' welfare.

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    • Backer-Grondahl, A
    • Fyhri, Aslak
    • Ulleberg, Pal
    • Amundsen, Astrid Helene
  • Publication Date: 2009-9


  • English

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  • Accession Number: 01148149
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Dec 31 2009 9:32AM