Don't go zombie, go Virgin Trains
Friday 9, July 2010
Traffic jams are the most annoying part of driving, a new survey from Virgin Trains has found. Fresh from launching the 'Don't go zombie, go Virgin Trains' campaign to get people off the hellish roads and onto the railways, Virgin Trains revealed that 47 per cent of drivers get angry about jams.
The antics of other drivers drives 46 per cent of respondents to the research round the bend, while roadworks and children arguing in the car also annoy drivers.
Although the report, which questioned more than 1,000 Brits, didn’t find out how many men would admit to asking for directions, it did find that 43 per cent of women become stressed about getting lost, compared to 28 per cent of men.
Only four per cent of drivers claimed nothing about driving is stressful – we're not sure we believe them though. Tiredness, headaches and short tempers were among the physical problems noted by Virgin Trains' respondents.
Jim Rowe, Senior Communications Manager at Virgin Trains, urged drivers to ditch their cars and hop on the train instead for a relaxing journey.
He said: "We have always known that ‘road trips’ can be difficult and its interesting to see whether it’s the traffic, road works or arguing children in the back that cause the most problems for stressed out drivers.
"The ‘Don’t Go Zombie, Go Virgin Trains’ campaign showcases the physical issues and ailments associated with car travel and promotes the time enrichment properties of travelling by train."
David Moxon, health psychologist and author, added that England's poor footballing performance is another reason to get off the roads.
He commented: "With more cars and more roadworks than ever before, the results of this survey are perhaps inevitable.
"Life in general at the moment is for many of us also more stressful than it has ever been with unemployment rates high, swingeing government funding cuts, and not even a solid England World Cup performance to brighten our days. These factors will of course impact on our behaviour on the roads and ability to cope with the stresses driving brings."
Virgin Trains has suggested 10 handy tips for drivers – other than don't go zombie, go Virgin Trains, of course...
10. Clench your muscles, hold them tight for 10 seconds then release them. Use this technique with your hands, feet and shoulders
9. Make an effort to consciously slow down your general pace of walking and talking before and after driving
8. Make time to go for frequent walks – even if it’s only for a few minutes in the open air (again particularly useful before and after driving)
7. Make sure you drink plenty of water – this is particularly important when you are on a journey
6. We are social animals and social support is vital for healthy mental well-being - so make sure you share your worries with someone close and tell them why you are feeling stressed
5. Listen to calming music (classical is particularly good)
4. Plan your route in advance
3. If you get caught in traffic jams consciously think of people you care about
2. Keep the car cool - if you have climate control use it
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