Electric car drivers report staggering change in attitude behind the wheel


Owners of electric and hybrid cars have revealed that they feel much less stressed behind the wheel compared to petrol and diesel vehicle drivers. This is according to a recent survey carried out by DS Automobiles.

Some 2,000 motorists took part in the research.

Almost 80 percent of them admitted that they experienced stress while driving.

The big find, however, was that electric and hybrid car owners feel much less nervous when driving than fuel and petrol vehicle owners.

Nearly 40 percent of EV and hybrid owners admitted that their cars make them feel less stressed than previously owned petrol and diesel alternatives.

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This means that any motorist caught making a “rude hand gesture” while driving could be faced with a fine of 75 percent of their weekly wage, capped at £1,000.

Rule 147 of the Highway Code states: “Do not allow yourself to become agitated or involved if someone is behaving badly on the road.

“This will only make a situation worse.

“Pull over, calm down and, when you feel relaxed, continue your journey.”

Jack Cousens, head of roads policy for the AA, said: “A small minority of drivers think that being sat in their car exempts them from an offence like this.

“However, this kind of anti-social behaviour can land you in hot water and take you on an expensive trip to the courts.

Road users have a duty of care to each other, so keeping your cool and remaining focused is important.

“Your hands should remain on the wheel and your eyes on the road.

“Rather than let the tailgater get under your skin, where safe to do so, it is better to let them pass so you can carry on your journey in a calm manner.”


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