Loud passengers, driving in an unknown area and overtaking cyclists are among the biggest worries for drivers.
A study of 2,000 motorists revealed almost half said other drivers make them more concerned on the roads than they do themselves, while a third said driving is often the most stressful time of their day.
Navigating a double roundabout, being in the car with a partner and back seat drivers also feature among the Top 50 car stresses.
The research, commissioned by Rescue Remedy, revealed that 42% of drivers feel more worried when they have passengers in the car, compared to when they are alone.
More than two-fifths (44%) admitted that a demanding drive leaves them feeling overwhelmed for the rest of their day.
It also emerged more than half of those polled feel most comfortable with their partner as a passenger, while drivers feel least at ease with colleagues and siblings.
Despite this, 43% have fallen out with their other half because of a disagreement during a journey, with four in 10 admitted it was caused by discussing their driving skills.
Top 50 most stressful things about being in a car
- Driving in the snow
- Driving in an unknown area
- Driving in the rain
- Hitting a pothole
- Driving in the fog
- Driving in the dark
- Feeling like a large vehicle e.g. lorry/bus is too close to your car
- Getting a warning light
- Finding a parking space
- Driving down narrow country lanes
- Driving with the fuel light on
- Having to reverse in a narrow road with cars either side
- Parallel parking
- Merging onto a motorway
- Hesitating about taking over a cyclist
- Blind corners
- Being watched by other people when trying to park
- Sitting in traffic
- Missing a motorway exit and having to drive all the way back around
- Having to change lanes in peak time
- Fear of people going into the back of you
- Mastering a three lane roundabout
- Leaving the motorway at the wrong junction
- Being the driver for passengers you’re not very familiar with e.g. colleagues
- Sunday drivers
- Back seat drivers
- Doing a hill start
- Driving while your passengers are being loud
- Reversing out of a parking space
- Worrying about getting a flat tyre
- Hitting a car when parking
- Navigating a double roundabout
- Defrosting the car
- Pulling out around a bus at a bus stop
- Driving with a child in the car
- Taking over another vehicle on a motorway
- Rubber necking
- Being in a car with your partner
- Pulling out to join a roundabout
- Box junctions
- Driving somewhere with no signal
- Hitting a parked car when driving past it
- Remembering which side of the car the petrol cap is on
- Changing gear while driving up a hill
- Being in the wrong gear
- Driving with a pet in the car
- Not knowing how to fully work the lights
- Mini roundabouts
- Not knowing how to fully turn on the wipers
“The research shows how many elements there are to being in a car which can make it stress-inducing,” said a spokesperson for Rescue Remedy.
“It’s often hard to find balance and patience when there are a lot of external factors at play, and car journeys can often perpetuate worries about other life pressures.
“For many, this is what can make driving even more stressful, especially during a commute marred with delays, diversions and noise.”
“It’s important to find balance during stressful times, so it’s good to know many people see the car as a place to escape other worries and take time to think.”
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