Who are the angriest drivers?
The question of who's angrier on the roads is one that has been debated by many. So, who exactly are the angriest drivers?
We might not have a magic mirror to give us the answer, but a new test seems to have got to the bottom of it, and the outcome might surprise you.
New research commissioned by Hyundai Motor UK revealed women get angrier than men when driving. In fact, on average, women are 12% angrier drivers than men when behind the wheel.
But it isn't just sitting in traffic jams, or other bad road users, that gets the blood boiling.
According to the research, which is described as the world's first Driving Emotion Test, eating sour sweets, the music we listen to, and smells can all impact our emotions and affect the way we drive.
Did you know?
- 51% of people in the study sing in the car to feel happy.
- 80% always listen to something when they're driving.
- 70% listen to pop music and 61% listen to rock when driving.
Source: Women angrier than men behind the wheel — hyundaipressoffice.co.uk
While you might avoid listening to rock music whilst behind the wheel out of fear that it will set you off in a rage, the research found that 61% of drivers were made happy by listening to this genre.
But this isn't the only thing that can keep you calm and collected. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the majority (84%) of motorists found their mood improved as a result of 'empty roads', and the smell of the seaside.
So, why do motorists get so fired up?
According to Patrick Fagan, a behavioural psychologist from Goldsmiths University London, who conducted the emotions test on behalf of Hyundai, the vast majority of our decision making is emotional, and the decisions we make on the road can affect our driving abilities.
So, what's the future for Driving Emotion Tests?
Worry not, you won't need to take a test before getting behind the wheel. Instead, Hyundai hopes to make our journeys safer by developing a car that uses smells and sounds to calm the driver.
What are your tips for keeping level-headed at the wheel?
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