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June 23, 2021

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Top 10 driving stresses revealed as traffic gets heavier

The top 10 driving stresses facing drivers as roads return to normal have been revealed, with the return of traffic jams now causing the most agitation behind the wheel.

sleepy driverIAM RoadSmart conducted the stress related investigation, which discovered that more than four-in-10 motorists (42%) are anxious about returning to sitting in long tail backs as more traffic returns to UK roads.

Meanwhile, simply getting used to busier roads again was causing stress among more than three-in-10 motorists (33%), while other drivers returning to the road who might be out of practice was causing concern to more than a quarter of motorists (27%).

Neil Greig, IAM RoadSmart Director of Policy and Research, said: “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.

“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.”

Meanwhile, other current top driving stresses due to heavier traffic include being able to get to the end location on time and returning to long car journeys.

Neil added: “All drivers should give due care and consideration to their fellow motorists now that more-and-more of us are once again getting behind the wheel.”

Top driving stresses as traffic gets heavier – ranked most to least mentioned:

  • The return of traffic jams: 42%.
  • Getting used to busier roads again: 33%.
  • People returning to the road who might be out of practice: 27%.
  • Stressing to get to your location on time: 24%.
  • Returning to long car journeys to destinations: 15%.
  • With places being closed, there is nowhere to stop for a rest: 12%.
  • Commuting: 11%.
  • My general fatigue while driving: 11%.
  • Returning to the road when you are out of practice: 11%.
  • Not knowing if your car is still capable of longer journeys: 7%.

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