Stress a driving force in the UK

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

New research by Swinton has revealed that British motorists are feeling the strain of driving, with one-third feeling stressed behind the wheel. 


In a survey of 2,000 British adults by YouGov, almost one-third of drivers said that they regularly feel stressed whilst driving. 


More than half of motorists (52%) cited poor decisions by other road users such as speeding as contributing to their stress levels, while just under half (47%) revealed that poor quality road surfaces negatively impact their journey. Over a third (35%) feel that bad weather leads them to fret, and 33% admitted that passing cyclists caused worry.   


In a study, drivers were found to be stressed for at least 40% of every journey, and for as much as 85% during a 20-minute drive. On average, drivers were stressed for 55% of each journey they took. Drivers were found to undergo six stress-inducing incidents each minute. 


UK workers currently spend, on average, 58 minutes per day, and 27 days a year commuting. These findings mean we could be stressed for as much as 15 days a year through driving alone.  


Dr Prudence Knight from Push Doctor said: "Too much stress too often can promote the overproduction of hormones like cortisol which can contribute to the development of a range of physical and mental health conditions like heart disease, high blood pressure, anxiety, and depression.


"In particular chronic stress, can also impair our judgment by making us anxious and irritable and so contribute to poor decision making whilst driving”. 


Swinton Insurance has partnered with the UK’s leading road safety charity IAM Roadsmart to offer advice on how to combat the stressful situations we are most likely to encounter.  


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