Research by DS Automobiles in the UK has found that owners of electric and hybrid cars feel less stressed while driving than owners of petrol or diesel cars. In a survey of 2,000 drivers, over 78 percent had experienced stress while driving. However, 38 percent of electric and hybrid car owners said their current car makes them feel less stressed than previous petrol or diesel cars they have owned.
It also found that 31 percent of those who experience stress admitted that this negatively affects their driving ability, with stressed drivers more likely to make rash decisions and pay less attention to potential hazards.
This highlights the importance of a relaxing driving environment, with 20 percent of drivers saying that features designed to reduce stress are something they usually consider when looking for a new car.
Among the features which drivers felt were most effective at reducing stress, a quiet and refined drive was cited by 41 percent of survey respondents. With the ability to run on near-silent electric power, electric vehicles (EVs) help to deliver a calm and cosseting driving experience.
Jules Tilstone, DS Automobiles UK managing director, said: “At times, driving can be as stressful as it is enjoyable, but one of the many benefits of switching to electric is that it can help drivers feel more relaxed behind the wheel.
“Since 2019, DS has offered an electrified version of every model in our line-up, and from 2024 will only launch fully electric vehicles. Combined with French luxury savoir-faire and innovative technology, DS offers drivers a memorable, stress-free driving experience.”
Other features which 52 percent and 34 percent of drivers respectively said help to reduce stress are a comfortable interior and seats, and a smooth ride, which are commonplace in most electric cars.
Fiat Professional carried out a similar survey with vans drivers and how driving an electric van can help reduce stress. They created the Van Delivery Stress Test which found quietness and the drive of an electric van reduced overall stress levels.