How eco-driving training course influences driver behavior and comprehensibility: a driving simulator study Academic Article uri icon

abstract

  • © 2017, Springer-Verlag London Ltd. Eco-driving behavior has been treated as one of the most cost-effective way in reducing vehicle fuel consumption and emissions. In this study, the effects of eco-driving training on different driving behaviors in start, stop, speed choice and no-idling from different levels of training, from receiving only static information (EDUCATION) to guided practicing (COACHING after EDUCATION), were thoroughly evaluated and compared. The drivers’ comprehensibility with eco-driving information was examined through eco-driving questionnaire surveys. The results indicated that EDUCATION alone was effective to improve driver’s comprehensibility with the basic concepts of eco-driving, to reduce the percentages of vehicle idling and to help drivers to avoid rapid starts slightly. EDUCATION alone did not significantly improve the driving behaviors of stop and speed choice, while COACHING after EDUCATION was found to enhance the effectiveness of these two elements of eco-driving. COACHING after EDUCATION did not introduce much additional benefit for more fuel-efficient starting pattern. In addition, eco-driving training led to more consistent driving behavior as evidenced by smaller standard deviation values on all measures related to fuel efficiency.

author list (cited authors)

  • Wu, Y., Zhao, X., Rong, J., & Zhang, Y.

citation count

  • 7

publication date

  • September 2017