Drivers of electric and hybrid cars feel less stressed behind the wheel than drivers of petrol or diesel cars, research by DS Automobiles has found.
In a survey of 2,000 UK drivers, more than 78% said they had experienced stress while driving.
However, 38% of electric and hybrid car owners said their current car makes them feel less stressed than previous petrol or diesel cars they have owned.
Some 31% of those who experience stress admitted that this negatively affects their driving ability.
DS Automobiles said the findings highlight the importance of a relaxing driving environment, with 20% of drivers saying that features designed to reduce stress are something they usually consider when looking for a new car.
Jules Tilstone, managing director of DS Automobiles UK, 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.”
Among the features which drivers felt were most effective at reducing stress, a quiet and refined drive was cited by 41% of survey respondents, while 52% and 34% of drivers respectively cited comfortable interior and seats, and a smooth ride.
More than half (51%) said they found the overall experience of buying and owning a car a stressful one.
AM reported on May 30 that the Fiat 500 hatchback was Europe’s best-selling electric vehicle (EV) in April, helping to propel Stellantis to top spot in the EV sales stakes.