Research Reveals that Brit Motorists Don’t Sleep Enough Due to Credit Crunch

Poll demonstrates that British drivers don’t get enough rest, drink too much and have health issues through financial stress

Online PR News – 12-January-2010 – – • 1 in 3 motorists gets less sleep than 6 hours a night, over half men and 44% of women admit they drive when tired
• 24% of drivers say they are drinking more to manage stress
• South East motorists experience most health problems with 25%

12 January 2010 – Increased stress brought on by worries about the credit crunch is impacting heavily on British drivers according to a new poll. The study revealed that drivers are not sleeping enough through stress and are also undergoing more health problems. Almost a quarter of motorists questioned admitted to drinking more alcohol to help them cope with increased stress.

The poll was carried out by leading car hire price comparator and took in the opinions of more than 1,000 UK motorists. Results showed that people have more health problems like panic attacks, headaches and breathing problems and that motorists in the South East experience the most health problems.

Almost a quarter of drivers questioned in the survey admitted to using alcohol as a way of helping manage credit crunch stress, and drivers aged 41-50 are the most likely to drink more. Drivers in this bracket are also like to have the highest job losses at 30%, pay cuts at 34% and increased mortgage payments at 42%.

Gareth Robinson, managing director of, said, “People’s stress levels have risen in the year past due to the credit crunch, and it is important that people recognize there is a knock on effect in terms of risks to road safety.”

The survey demonstrated that drivers are having increased health problems, with women more likely to experience them than their male counterparts. 63% of females admit to having stress-related panic attacks, two thirds have regular headaches and 54% said they have breathing difficulties.

The poll also showed that a third of British motorists do not get more than six hours per night while more than half of men polled and 44% of women admitted to getting behind the wheel when they know that they are too tired. London motorists sleep the least while drivers in the North East sleep the most with more than 75% getting at least seven hours per night.

Gareth Robinson went on, “We want people to remember that driving when tired is really risky and that one in every five UK road accidents is brought on by driver fatigue. Driving when tired should not be done and when on a long journey, people should take a break every couple of hours.” 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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