Research reveals who is angrier behind the wheel
It has long been a stereotype that men are angrier when behind the wheel. However, this has been debunked by a new study.
As Fleet News reports, new research commissioned by Hyundai has revealed that, on average, women are 12% angrier than men when driving.
The research suggests that defence instincts from our hunter-gatherer days meant that women were more likely to respond with anger than male drivers in all test scenarios. These included being undertaken, being beeped at and dealing with another road user who failed to indicate.
Patrick Fagan, a behavioural psychologist from Goldsmiths University London who conducted the experiment, explained that an 'early warning system' developed while defending young in the cave "is still relevant today, and women drivers tend to be more sensitive to negative stimuli, so get angry and frustrated quicker."
In order to see how our senses provoke emotional responses in different driving scenarios, 1,000 motorists were sense-tested for the study.
Two dominant emotions were highlighted from the research: happiness – which was found to be intrinsically linked to feeling a sense of freedom while driving, and anger stemming from drivers feeling out of control.
But what makes drivers feel happy? Perhaps unsurprisingly, empty roads caused 84% of people to feel happy, while the countryside and the seaside was cited by 78, and 69%, respectively.
Discussing the research, Hyundai UK president and CEO, Tony Whitehorn, said: "We are constantly striving to better understand what impacts people's behaviour when they are driving and this research has certainly revealed some interesting, and somewhat surprising results.
"By examining drivers' emotions our aim is to help them get a better drive both today and in the future."
Do the findings surprise you?
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