Motorists happiest driving solo

Most motorists are at their happiest driving on their own, according to a new survey.

Some 60% of respondents to a poll for Skoda UK said they enjoyed being on the road alone.

Listening to music or the radio was top priority for 40% of those polled, while 12% said looking at scenery lifted their journeys. Another 10% said it gave them time to think.

Gladeana McMahon, one of the UK's leading psychologists, said: "The findings from Skoda's survey illustrate how important alone time is.

"Driving on your own gives you time to think, whether mulling over issues or remembering good times. Given the hectic 24/7 lifestyles we all now seem to lead, the car has become a sanctuary for us to escape to, away from the stresses and strains of everyday life.

"Current research into the area of positive psychology also shows that people who spend time reflecting on what they are thankful for become more psychologically resilient. So if used positively, your daily car journey can be channelled to make you healthier and happier."

When it comes to travelling with colleagues, half of those surveyed felt it was time well spent in getting to know their fellow workers, although 20% prefer to use the time to indulge in gossip about their colleagues.

Unsurprisingly, only 1% considered their boss to be a favourite passenger, while 8% believed isolated time with their manager in the car would help to improve their careers or promotion chances.

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