A survey by UK road safety charity, IAM RoadSmart, has revealed the top 10 driving stresses as roads return to normal, with traffic jams causing the most agitation behind the wheel.
The stress related investigation discovered that more than 4-in-10 motorists are anxious about sitting in long lines of cars as traffic returns to UK roads. Meanwhile, simply getting used to busier roads again was causing stress among more than 3-in-10 motorists, while other drivers returning to the road who might be out of practice caused concern to more than a quarter of respondents.
“As traffic starts getting heavier and heavier on UK roads it must not be forgotten that congestion and worries about other road users can cause stress to many motorists,” said IAM RoadSmart Director of Policy & Research, Neil Greig. “With more traffic comes potentially more uncomfortable driving situations, such as being stuck in a traffic jam for a lengthy period or simply being surrounded by extra vehicles.”
Other top driving stresses due to heavier traffic include being able to get to the destination on time and returning to long car journeys.
“All drivers should give due care and consideration to their fellow motorists now that more-and-more of us are again getting behind the wheel,” added Greig.
FULL LIST OF TOP DRIVING STRESSES – RANKED MOST TO LEAST MENTIONED
“As traffic gets heavier now that restrictions have eased, what are some of the top stresses when driving?”
The return of traffic jams – 42 per cent
Getting used to busier roads again – 33 per cent
People returning to the road who might be out of practice – 27 per cent
Stressing to get to your location on time – 24 per cent
Returning to long car journeys to destinations – 15 per cent
With places being closed, there is nowhere to stop for a rest – 12 per cent
Commuting – 11 per cent
My general fatigue while driving – 11 per cent
Returning to the road when you are out of practice – 11 per cent
Not knowing if your car is still capable of longer journeys – 7 per cent