With the English and Welsh school holidays just around the corner, motorists are perspiring in anticipation according to a recent whatcar.com poll.
However, what appears to be the most stressful aspect of summer driving is unsuprisingly not the heat, no doubt due to the current lack of it, but rather the increased traffic, with almost half of those surveyed giving this as the prime reason, followed by the behavoiur of other drivers. In addition, a small percentage of drivers- 5% said it was their children who were responsible for raising their stress levels on the roads.
This last reason supports research conducted by the RAC Foundation about the actions drivers take in the event of a car- sick passenger, who, more often than not are children. Actions taken by those surveyed included pulling into the hard shoulder and turning around whilst still moving; both highly dangerous.
Therefore the RAC Foundation would urge drivers to take preventative steps regarding car sickness (see blog entry May 30th) to reduce the potential safety risk involved and secondly to try to stay calm when faced with poor driver etiquette. Unfortunately, whilst the increased traffic congestion is likely to prevail, journey planning can go a long way to help drivers keep a cool head this summer.