Back to Newsroom

Electric car drivers feel less stressed behind the wheel, according to survey

It's believed stressed drivers are more likely to make rash decisions and pay less attention to potential hazards.

Two thousand drivers were surveyed

Two thousand drivers were surveyed

Drivers of electric and hybrid cars feel less stressed behind the wheel than drivers of petrol or diesel cars, according to a survey.

In a survey of 2,000 UK drivers carried out by DS Automobiles, more than 78% of respondents had experienced stress while driving.

However, 38 per cent of electric and hybrid car owners claimed their current car makes them feel less stressed than previous petrol or diesel cars they have owned.

The study also revealed that 31% of those who experience stress admitted that it negatively affects their driving ability. It's believed stressed drivers are more likely to make rash decisions and pay less attention to potential hazards.

Thinking of making the switch to electric?

Twenty per cent of drivers said that features designed to reduce stress when driving are something they usually consider when looking for a new car.

Among the features which drivers felt were most effective at reducing stress, a 'quiet and refined drive' was mentioned by 41% of those surveyed.

Other stress-reducing features, which 52% and 34% of drivers respectively mentioned, are a comfortable interior and seats, and a smooth ride.

For those interested or curious about electric vehicles, Arnold Clark opened the Innovation Centre last year.

  

The new £5million site opened on Dumbarton Road in Glasgow’s West End in 2021 with the aim of educating visitors about the benefits of alternative fuel vehicles, and why they are becoming so important.

There are more than 60 vehicles on site available to test-drive, from plug-in and self-charging hybrids to fully electric vehicles.

You can also learn about the different types of charging and generous government tax and grants available.

About the Author

Fraser Glen

Comments