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A41 to Tring voted one of UK's most relaxing routes

The survey by Auto Trader shows nearly two-thirds of people have gone for a drive to ease lockdown stress.

Published by Dan Gooding at 6:04am 23rd July 2020. 3-minute read.

A41 to Tring voted one of UK's most relaxing routes

If you often drive from London up to Tring on the A41, you are apparently using one of the UK's most relaxing routes.

That's from a new survey of drivers, which showed nearly two thirds find heading out in the car is a way to ease stress at the moment.

  • New research reveals nearly two-thirds of Brits have considered, or gone on, a drive to relieve stress  
  • The A6, A41 towards Tring and A414 listed as some of the most relaxing routes to drive, while driving through the countryside and a trip to the coast are top destinations for drivers looking to unwind       
  • Study suggests nearly a quarter of Brits regularly feel stressed during a typical week, and lack of sleep is the biggest cause

The coronavirus pandemic has placed enormous strain on millions of families across the UK, so finding ways to deal with anxiety brought on by the crisis has become increasingly important.

A41 - Tring Bypass

The survey - commissioned by Auto Trader - shows that nearly two-thirds (59%) of Brits have been on a drive, or considered going on one, to help them unwind.

The study also suggests that people are most likely to go to the countryside or visit the coast when they get behind the wheel to combat stress, though the A6, A41 and A414 are referenced as some of the most relaxing routes.

The survey highlighted the reasons WHY people think driving is a good way to relieve stress.

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Enjoying a change of scenery while driving (31% of respondents) was one of the biggest reasons, followed by the chance to listen to relaxing music or a podcast (29%), clearing your mind (25%) and giving you a sense of privacy (20%).

On top of that, things like having a clean and tidy car in the first place were seen as vital.

The feelings of stress we all feel in our day to day lives have been amplified during the coronavirus pandemic. The research reveals that nearly a quarter (22%) of Brits have regularly felt stressed in a typical week, and lack of sleep was the biggest factor, closely followed by concerns over finances and their weight.

The survey reveals that on average, adults are spending 12 hours 35 minutes feeling stressed per week - a total of 655 hours a year, or approximately 27 days.

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