New Research Shows UK Motorists Donít Sleep Enough Due to Credit Crunch Pressure

Published: Wed Jan 13 2010

Higher levels of stress brought on by the credit crunch are causing British drivers problems galore according to a new poll. The research revealed that drivers do not sleep stress and are also having increased levels of health problems. Nearly one quarter of motorists polled said that they are also drinking higher levels of alcohol to cope with increased stress.

The research, carried out by leading car hire price comparator, polled more than 1,000 UK motorists. Survey results indicated that drivers are having more health problems these days including things like panic attacks, headaches and breathing problems. Motorists in the South East were revealed to be experiencing the most health problems.

Nearly one quarter of drivers polled in the survey said that they are now using alcohol to manage credit crunch stress, with motorists aged 41-50 those drinking the most. People in this group also have the most job losses at 30%, pay reductions at 34% and increased mortgage repayments at 42%.

Gareth Robinson, managing director of, comments, "There is a marked change in peopleís stress levels this year, and that is no coincidence after the economic woes of the past 12 months. However the amount of people drinking more is a worry and can affect road safety."

Drivers are also finding that they have more health problems, with female drivers more likely to get ill than male counterparts. 63% of women motorists have had stress-linked panic attacks, two thirds say that they get regular headaches and 54% said admit to breathing difficulties.

Survey results also demonstrated that one third of UK motorists sleeps for less than six hours per night, and also that over half of men and 44% of women regularly drive their car when they still feel tired from the night before. The survey revealed that drivers in London get the least sleep and that drivers in the North East get the most Ė over 75% of them admitting to at least seven hours per night.

Gareth Robinson went on, "Drivers need to be aware of what a major issue tiredness is, as in the UK one in every five UK accidents can be directly linked to driver fatigue. Getting behind the wheel when tired is never a good idea, and we also counsel that long journeys should be regularly punctuated with rest breaks." compares car hire deals from up to 50 rental companies, including Alamo, Budget, easyCar, Holiday Autos and Sixt, in over 9,000 locations worldwide.

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