, Volume 45, Issue 6, pp 1871–1882 | Cite as

The role of individual characteristics in car ownership shortly after relationship dissolution

  • Abu Toasin Oakil
  • Dorien Manting
  • Hans NijlandEmail author


The dissolution of a relationship is a life event that often coincides with many other changes in life, such as a decline in income level or household size or a change in place of residence. This study aims to provide more insight into the ways in which circumstances shortly following the disruption of a relationship affect travel behaviour. Register data that combines information on the Dutch population, income and vehicle registration are used to understand how personal situations that are closely related to relationship disruption affect car ownership. The study shows that several characteristics of singles and single partners shortly after a breakup negatively affect car ownership. For instance, a relatively low income level, unemployment, living in a city or a residential move all affect car ownership negatively. This study focuses on the role of circumstances shortly after relationship disruption, demonstrating the importance of such an event.


Car ownership Life events Disruption of relationship 


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Authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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corrected publication March 2018

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment AgencyThe HagueThe Netherlands

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