Research by Citroën UK indicates that 45% of drivers admit that bad moods make them more agitated and less tolerant of other drivers. Citroen surveyed 2,000 UK drivers for the project and 25% said they were more likely to be distracted and ignore dangers while feeling gloomy and unhappy. But what are the factors that contribute to angry driving?
The research looked at the general mood of drivers and discovered that 49% of Brits admitted to having suffered from the ‘January blues’ in the past, with 34% indicating that January was the month when they felt the worst. The post-holiday slump, along with constant cloudy, dreary weather and less sunlight, can leave most of us in a bad mood and anxious drivers. Citroën’s research found that January is the month that has the most negative impact on their well-being, according to 34% of respondents. Winter temperatures and dark days (73%), returning to work after Christmas (38%) and financial problems (35%) were the main causes of January blues.
The results of the survey are not surprising by any stretch of the imagination. Who hasn’t experienced the post-holiday season and carried that feeling into their driving? The holidays are stressful for everyone, and unfortunately, it’s very easy to release that stress behind the wheel and drive angry.
Unfortunately for those on UK roads over the festive season, 32% of those surveyed are driving to clear their heads. This seems counterintuitive in many ways, but I get it. I don’t want to wax poetic about the open road and the freedom to clear the mind, but it’s worked for me in the past, and I think a lot of people share that sentiment. Unfortunately, I also set off in a bad mood and was a complete jerk towards my fellow competitors.
January is not easy for everyone. The post-holiday situation can be dire and the weather doesn’t bode well for carefree fun in the sun, so do your best to stay courteous on the road and avoid angry driving.