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SGIC Recommends that SA Drivers Take a Few Deep Breaths


(PRWEB) September 10, 2010

SA drivers need to keep their cool while at the wheel, with new SGIC Car Insurance research revealing that more than one in three get stressed while driving and males are more likely to feel frazzled*.

A survey of 500 SA drivers showed that 40 per cent find the afternoon the most stressful time of day to drive.

SGIC Car Insurance spokesperson Rob Cory said we want to urge all drivers to stay calm while theyre at the wheel.

Our research showed that males are feeling a little more anxious on the road (39 per cent compared to 34 per cent of women), admitting that the tension is caused by running late or other drivers on the road not merging correctly or ignoring the road rules.

Busy lifestyles shouldnt compromise safe driving. If you are feeling stressed before you get behind the wheel, then we suggest you postpone your drive until you are more at ease or try and car pool with a friend or work colleague.

The fact that SA drivers are more likely to be stressed in the afternoon could indicate more traffic congestion at that time or were rushing to get home to relax.

We recommend all drivers stay calm while theyre on the road, stress can affect your concentration and losing focus for even one second, puts you at higher risk of a collision, Mr Cory said.

SGIC recommends the following tips for drivers:


Consider adjusting your work hours if you can to avoid driving in peak hour;
Think about car pooling with other drivers to avoid driving five days a week;
Choose public transport if available;
If youre caught in traffic remember to take a deep breath, sit back and enjoy the time getting frustrated wont help your safety or your stress levels.

Based on a survey of 500 SA drivers by Pure Profile Research in July 2010.

SGIC is a leading insurance provider offering Home Insurance, Car Insurance, Motorcycle Insurance, Travel Insurance, Business Insurance, Boat Insurance, Health Insurance and Caravan Insurance in South Australia.

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NRMA Research Indicates Queensland Drivers Are Morning People


(PRWEB) September 10, 2010

Queensland drivers find hitting the road in the afternoon more stressful than the morning commute, new research by NRMA Car Insurance has revealed.

The insurer found 42 per cent of Queensland drivers voted the afternoon peak as the most stressful time at the wheel, compared to 33 per cent who found themselves most frazzled in the morning.

NRMA Car Insurance Queensland Corporate Affairs Manager Sue Hawkins said the research indicated Brisbane was perhaps more of a morning city than Sydney, where drivers were far more likely to be strung out by the morning rush and more relaxed in the afternoon.

It could be due to our warmer weather or earlier daylight in summer, but Brisbane seems to be a city that likes to get on the go early. Traffic conditions may be less stressful in the morning in Brisbane but it could also be that drivers are in a better frame of mind to cope with the morning peak.

The fact that Queensland drivers are more likely to be stressed in the afternoon could indicate more traffic congestion at that time and less capacity to cope with it. The rush to get home to relax could actually be stressing Queenslanders out!

Queensland drivers reported others on the road as the leading cause of their angst (66 per cent), while women (42 per cent) were more likely to feel frazzled at the wheel than men (35 per cent).

Brisbane was the only capital city and Queensland the only state where drivers were more likely to be most stressed in the afternoon.

Its clear from our research that regardless of the time of day, many of us are either hitting the road stressed or becoming stressed while driving, which could put our focus and safety at risk, Ms Hawkins said.

To avoid stress on the road, NRMA Insurance recommends drivers:


consider adjusting work hours to avoid the busiest times;
car pool with others to avoid driving five days a week;
catch public transport if available;
take a deep breath if caught in traffic or flustered by other drivers getting frustrated wont help your stress levels or safety.

Based on a survey of 500 Queensland drivers by Pure Profile Research for NRMA Insurance in July 2010.

NRMA Insurance QLD is a leading insurance provider, offering Home Insurance, Car Insurance, Motorcycle Insurance, Travel Insurance, Business Insurance, Boat Insurance, Health Insurance and Caravan Insurance in Queensland.

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SGIO Shows Young WA Drivers Are Stressed At The Wheel


(PRWEB) September 10, 2010

Young WA drivers are more likely to be stressed at the wheel than older drivers, new research by SGIO Car Insurance has revealed.

The research revealed that young people aged 18 29 were the most likely age group to find driving stressful, with nearly half (47 per cent) of young people admitting to feeling stressed by driving compared to 34 per cent of older people.

The SGIO Car Insurance survey also found that 43 per cent of young people had experienced a near miss or collision as a result of being stressed at the wheel and not concentrating properly.

SGIO spokesperson Rob Cory said that the actions of other drivers, namely not merging correctly, tailgating or avoiding the road rules were the leading causes of driver stress given in the survey.

“Its clear from our research that many of us are either hitting the road stressed or becoming stressed while driving due to whats happening on the road around us, which could put our focus and safety at risk,” he said.

The WA insurer also found that women (39 per cent) were more likely to feel stressed at the wheel than men (30 per cent).

41 per cent of WA drivers voted the afternoon peak as the most stressful time to hit the road, compared to 33 per cent who found themselves more frazzled in the morning.

Mr Cory said that it could be due to WAs earlier daylight in summer, but Perth seemed to be a city that liked to get on the go early.

Traffic conditions may be less stressful in the morning in Perth but it could also be that drivers are in a better frame of mind to cope with the morning peak, he said.

To avoid stress on the road, SGIO recommends drivers:


take a deep breath if caught in traffic or flustered by other drivers getting frustrated wont help your stress levels or your safety;
consider car pooling with others; or catch public transport on certain days to avoid driving five days a week.

Based on a survey of 500 WA drivers by Pure Profile Research for SGIO in July 2010.

SGIO is a leading insurance provider, offering Home Insurance, Car Insurance, Motorcycle Insurance, Travel Insurance, Business Insurance, Boat Insurance, Health Insurance and Caravan Insurance in Western Australia.

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