As we read many reports on the dangers of distracted driving, a new survey has shown that driving when emotional can also be a danger.
The survey has shown that driving when happy can lead to jumping red lights, speeding and daydreaming behind the wheel.
Half of those who took part in the survey have stated that driving when emotional was dangerous.
The survey has also suggested that some 3.2 million drivers have affirmed that they have had an accident as a result of “emotional driving”.
It may come as no surprise that anger can cause erratic and potentially dangerous driving however, excitement and happiness can also make a driver fall foul of the traffic laws.
Behavioral psychologist Jo Hemmings said: “If you’re giddy with joy, you’re likely to be self-absorbed, which may impair your concentration. When feeling happy, your heart rate could increase from a standard 60 beats per minute to 100.
“Also, feel-good hormones such as dopamine and serotonin flood our bodies. This can make us feel highly alert but can sometimes impair focus and concentration.”
The survey, conducted by Confused.com also showed that sadness, stress and worry also had an effect on a person’s driving skills.
It was also suggested that brooding about worries at work can cause the effect of “highway hypnosis”. This means that the mind becomes lost in deep thought, rather than concentration on the task at hand.
It has also been suggested that “highway hypnosis” can cause the same effects as being in a light sleep.
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