Wednesday 17 August 2011

Holiday driving more stressful than child birth (UK)

According to a survey from Continental Tyres, having a holiday is a stressful time for people. Out of 2,000 participants, 51% said they begun their holiday with an argument and that they had an average of three arguments with family members during the trip.

Once they reached their destination, the holidaymakers relaxed for an average of two days and six hours, with 15% stating they were very tense after they've come back. Most arguments were caused by directions and straying away into unfamiliar territory.

Around 18% of problems occurred with the car. Tim Bailey, a spokesperson from Continental Tyres, said: “The anticipation of a great and much-needed holiday builds expectations – and when problems occur, stress levels rise.”

“What really creates tension is when something happens that better planning would have avoided. Preparation, such as ensuring you have the right paperwork to hire a car or being aware of local driving laws, is going to make travel abroad a lot smoother.”

Top 10 causes of stress:

1) Moving house

2) Job interview

3) Crashing car

4) Problems on holiday; getting lost, driving abroad

5) Paying off credit card

6) Wallet being stolen

7) Breaking down

8) Wedding day

9) First day of a new job

10) Giving birth

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