Take a few deep breaths SA drivers

25 August 2010

SA drivers need to keep their cool while at the wheel, with new SGIC research revealing that more than one in three get stressed while driving and males are more likely to feel frazzled*.

A survey of 500 SA drivers showed that 40 per cent find the afternoon the most stressful time of day to drive.

SGIC spokesperson Rob Cory said we want to urge all drivers to stay calm while they’re at the wheel.

“Our research showed that males are feeling a little more anxious on the road (39 per cent compared to 34 per cent of women), admitting that the tension is caused by running late or other drivers on the road not merging correctly or ignoring the road rules.

“Busy lifestyles shouldn’t compromise safe driving. If you are feeling stressed before you get behind the wheel, then we suggest you postpone your drive until you are more at ease or try and car pool with a friend or work colleague.

“The fact that SA drivers are more likely to be stressed in the afternoon could indicate more traffic congestion at that time or we’re rushing to get home to relax.

“We recommend all drivers stay calm while they’re on the road, stress can affect your concentration and losing focus for even one second, puts you at higher risk of a collision,” Mr Cory said.

SGIC recommends the following tips for drivers:

  • Consider adjusting your work hours if you can to avoid driving in peak hour;
  • Think about car pooling with other drivers to avoid driving five days a week;
  • Choose public transport if available;
  • If you’re caught in traffic remember to take a deep breath, sit back and enjoy the time – getting frustrated won’t help your safety or your stress levels.

* Based on a survey of 500 SA drivers by Pure Profile Research in July 2010.