Driving to work more stressful than many believe
By: Click4Reg Team
Last updated: 14 November 2014
Though many people might think that driving to work is far easier and less stressful than hopping on the train or bus, a study has actually revealed quite the opposite. Research conducted by a team at the University of East Anglia said those using public transport often sleep better and are healthier, showing that even those with private plates might like to commute by train now and then. And, with public transport allowing people to relax, ditching the car for the commute could mean that driving becomes more enjoyable.
Looking into the habits of 18,000 people in Britain, researchers said that those using cars to drive to work often noted 13 per cent more stress, in addition to a lack of concentration. Meanwhile, there seemed to be health benefits from public transport, including the fact that people have to actively walk to the railway station or bus stop. And, though many might think the frustration of late transport or delayed trains would rile people up, its actually the opposite. In fact, aside from delays causing friction, buses and trains give people the chance to socialise, read and relax. This means, researchers revealed, that many people are happier than those whove had to drive back and forth.
In addition to offering figures regarding stress levels and commuting proportions, the report delved a little deeper into travel trends noted across the country. For example, the longer people have to walk to their bus stop or railway station, the more relaxed they feel, on average. Conversely, drivers with a commute of between an hour and 90 minutes seem the most irritated and stressed. However, if a commutes more than three hours, any negative effects are dispelled. The data takes in 18 years of commuting, with 73 per cent of British people commuting, 13 per cent walking and 3 per cent cycling.
For those thinking about buying an expensive car simply to commute, the latest research might give individuals something more to think about. Driving can be a pleasurable pastime for many, but the tedious nature of driving to work and back, day in day out, can affect many peoples enthusiasm for jumping in the car and enjoying a drive. However, by ditching the car during the working week and allowing the time to read or text whilst on the bus or train to work, stress levels could be reduced whilst the levels of quality sleep are increased.