Traffic and other drivers getting on your nerves? You're not alone
12 October 2007

Just got into the office? Then before you read this, make yourself a nice cup of tea and have a sit down, because if you’ve just driven to work, you may have suffered the most stressful journey you regularly make.

According to a survey commissioned by insurance firm Swiftcover.com, driving to work is the most stressful journey one in eight Brits make.

Unsurprisingly, the most annoying thing for all drivers is the volume of traffic on the roads.

And presumably all the idiots driving those other cars, too… That would at least explain the 45 per cent of people who get upset by poor or slow drivers. And also the 13 per cent of drivers who are worried about aggression from other drivers.

As expected, roads with many speed cameras and frequently congested areas also cause a lot of stress. What surprised us, however, was the 10 per cent of people who are constantly in fear of an accident, and the 10 per cent of people who are scared of driving on the motorway. We’d suggest that maybe these people just shouldn’t be driving. That would certainly reduce the stress of those complaining about the volume of traffic.

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And the most common ways to alleviate stress? Opening the window, listening to a favourite radio show, tweaking seating positions and singing along to music. But hopefully not all at the same time.

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