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‘PARTNER PRESSURE’ SENDS DRIVER STRESS SOARING

Press Release   •   May 15, 2014 17:32 BST

Drivers feel four times more stressed or anxious if their ‘significant other’ is alongside them

Drivers are happier, more confident and focused when driving by themselves according to research released today by Allianz Insurance.

The research found that ‘Partner Pressure’ almost quadruples a drivers’ likelihood of feeling stressed or anxious behind the wheel, a potentially dangerous combination. Having their ‘significant other’ in the car alongside them makes drivers feel twice as rushed which reduces the chance of them feeling calm and relaxed by nearly 65 per cent. Allianz Insurance says this increases the risk of having an accident.

In fact drivers told Allianz Insurance that the addition of any passenger increases their stress levels, and the top five passengers most likely to cause driver stress are:

1.  Partner

2.  Other people’s children

3.  Own children

4.  Parents

5.  Other family members

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.”

When it comes to where drivers feel most stressed it is city centres (18%). In contrast the calmest drivers (52%) can be found on Britain’s country roads.

Commuting to and from work (15%), driving to appointments such as visiting the doctor (15%) and driving children to school (11%) are when drivers feel most rushed.

Allianz Insurance is one of the largest general insurers in the UK and part of the Allianz SE Group, the largest property and casualty insurer worldwide.

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