THINK R.E.D. - Traffic stress 'is back on the rise'

As the coronavirus crisis loosens its grip, the return of traffic jams as lockdown has been eased is now causing the most agitation behind the wheel, according to a leading road safety charity.

IAM RoadSmart’s stress-related investigation found that 42% of motorists are anxious about returning to sitting in long tailbacks as more vehicles return to UK roads. 

Meanwhile, simply getting used to busier roads again was causing stress among 33 per cent, while other drivers returning to the road who might be out of practice was causing concern for 27 per cent.

Others in the top 10 included stressing about getting to your destination on time (24 per cent) and returning to long car journeys (15 per cent). Coupled with that were fears that there would be nowhere open to stop for a rest (12 per cent).

Commuting, general fatigue when motoring and returning to the road when feeling rusty about driving all scored 11 per cent, while not knowing if your car was still capable of longer journeys worried seven per cent.

To help you and your fellow riders, please thank the driver if they show you respect on the road, with a smile, nod or if you can, a raise of the hand. This will then show the driver you are greatful and the next horserider they come across they may slow down even more. THINK R.E.D. - Riders Educating Drivers 🚗

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