Top 10 driving stresses revealed as traffic gets heavier

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.


“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

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