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Reckless driving promotion and prevention: priming effects

Linda Lemarie, Jean-Charles Chebat & François Bellavance

Résumé This paper aims to examine how reckless driving scenes in action movies affect young male drivers’ perception of reckless drivers and proposes a targeted social marketing strategy to counteract this effect.

Design/methodology/approach
The hypotheses were tested through a 2 (reckless driving scenes vs control) × 2 (road safety advertising vs control) online experiment with 151 young male drivers.

Findings
Reckless driving scenes in action movies prime a positive image of reckless drivers which impacts young male drivers’ attitudes and reckless driving intention. However, a road safety message specifically addressing the positive image of reckless drivers efficiently counteracts this effect.

Research limitations/implications
A few studies have experimentally tested the impact of reckless driving promotion on young drivers’ attitudes and intention, but none have analysed this impact in terms of the development of a positive image of reckless drivers. In addition, this study emphasises that a targeted message based on social norms can cancel the effect of reckless driving promotion and have a beneficial impact on the most risk-prone drivers.

Practical implications
Social marketers working in the field of road safety can improve the efficacy of their social marketing programmes by taking into consideration the positive image of reckless drivers promoted by the media.

Social implications
Practitioners should develop interventions and targeted messages that help young drivers cultivate a less idealised and masculine social image of reckless drivers.

Originality/value
This paper enhances the awareness of the effect that the media’s positive depiction of reckless drivers can have on the youth and proposes a strategy to counteract this effect.
   
Mots-clés Social marketing, Social norms, Road safety, Priming theory, Young drivers, Cultivation theory
   
Citation Lemarie, L., Chebat, J. C., & Bellavance, F. (2017). Reckless driving promotion and prevention: priming effects. Journal of Social Marketing, EarlyCite, 1-18.
   
Type Article de périodique (Anglais)
Date de publication 11-2017
Nom du périodique Journal of Social Marketing
Volume EarlyCite
Pages 1-18
URL https://doi.org/10.1108/JSOCM-02-2017-0012