Stuck In A Traffic Jam? What's Happening To You?
Are You Stressed On The Road?
New research from the makers of Tom Tom satnav’s has revealed that men’s stress levels rise seven times higher than a woman’s when stuck in heavy traffic.
Psychologists tested volunteers for the rise in stress chemicals when caught up in a traffic jam.
The women in the study increased their stress levels by 8.7% while stuck behind the wheel, but for men it shot up to a staggering 60% in the same traffic jam scenario.
This could be very unhealthy as it puts pressure on the heart and can cause dizziness and breathing problems yet many men had no idea they were suffering from stress.
Almost half of all adults commute to work by car on a daily basis and those who are exposed to constant traffic jams could eventually fall to stress related health problems.
It may also make their driving erratic and potentially dangerous said health psychologist David Moxon.
Men could get more stressed because their normal reaction to a difficult situation is known as “fight or flight” which means either confront it or walk away from it.
However, stuck behind the wheel in motionless traffic does not leave them either option so they sit and fume.
Women, on the other hand, cope better using methods as simple as singing to the radio to relieve the pressure.
Road congestion on the way to an important appointment is more stressful than going to the dentist and the favourite song to drive to is “I want to break free” by Queen.
“Do traffic jams raise your stress levels” asks Greengates Builders Merchants Accrington, Lancashire.