Motorists are more likely to get stressed behind the wheel if their partner is sat beside them, according to a new study.
Research conducted by vehicle insurers Allianz Insurance suggests that drivers are at their happiest and most focussed when in the car alone, and that passengers, particularly significant others, are likely to raise tensions.
In fact, according to Allianz, this ‘partner pressure’ quadruples the likelihood of a driver feeling anxious or stressed behind the wheel – factors that are often attributed to causing accidents on the road.
"It’s important that motorists and their partners are aware of the risks a stressful environment in a vehicle can create.”
While partners have the most adverse affect on a driver’s stress levels – with drivers surveyed stating they felt twice as rushed – raised blood pressures are seemingly a normal occurrence when transporting other passengers, with children (both the driver’s own and other people’s), parents and other family members emerging as the biggest cause of headaches.
Jon Dye, CEO of Allianz Insurance said: “The tales of back seat drivers and in-car arguments we’re all so familiar with, cause stress and distraction when drivers should be feeling calm and focused. It’s important that motorists and their partners are aware of the risks a stressful environment in a vehicle can create.”
Allianz’s survey also highlighted that drivers felt most rushed when commuting to work, or when engaged in family commitments such as doctors appointments and doing the school run.
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