Traffic, fuel prices among leading causes of stress on Filipino drivers

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Text: / Photos: Ford PH | posted September 05, 2015 01:55

Ways to combat against stress according to the Ford Motor Company

Whether traffic congestion, rising fuel prices or the nightmare of searching for a parking spot, there are a lot of things that can stress out Filipino drivers.

A new survey commissioned by Ford Motor Company polled drivers in the Philippines and asked them about some common causes of stress on the roads. Traffic congestion came out on top with 77 percent of Filipino drivers admitting it caused stress and anxiety. Fuel prices were the second most common cause of stress on the roads, followed by looking for parking, fear of getting into an accident and the presence of pedestrians.

Here’s how those numbers break down:

  • Congested traffic - 77%
  • Fuel prices - 64%
  • Finding parking - 55%
  • Fear of getting into an accident – 54%
  • Presence of pedestrians – 35%

Aside from the most offending causes of stress, the survey also found that 27 percent of Filipino drivers find parallel parking stressful once they eventually find a free parking place. Other factors of stress on the roads include traffic fines, the presence of cyclists and the fear of hitting an animal (33%, 28% and 26%, respectively).

Only four percent of Filipino drivers said that none of the above situations cause them stress or anxiety, so it looks like most of us could use some help relaxing behind the wheel. Here are five tips to help get you started.

Smart cars have your back

Cars today feature an array of new amenities and creature comforts that are designed to help avoid and even prevent accidents. Ford’s Blind Spot Information System and Forward Collision Alert use sensors and radar to help alert drivers about other vehicles on the road. So whilst you’re taking on your commute, you can relax knowing Ford’s smart features are looking out for you.

Singing can help reduce stress

Sing in the car

Research published in the international medical journal Evolutionary Psychology suggested that singing can help trigger the release of endorphins in the brain, which produce feelings of happiness and euphoria.

Fifty percent of Filipino drivers admit that they sing in the car frequently or nearly every time they’re driving, and an additional 44% admitted to belting out their favorite tunes once in a while as a way to combat stress. Ford’s SYNC in-car connectivity system enables drivers to stream their favorite music while keeping their hands on the wheel and eyes on the road with steering wheel-mounted controls.

Pairing up a mobile phone or other electronic gadget is now a breeze with Ford’s in-car connectivity, allowing easier audio or video streaming.

Lighten up

Remove excess weight from cargo areas, plan your route in advance and ease off the accelerator for a less aggressive driving. It can make a substantial difference to the cost of driving. You can also opt for a Ford with an EcoBoost engine, a fuel efficient option that saves you money without sacrificing performance.

Practice makes perfect

Grab a few cones to act as substitute cars and head to the nearest parking lot or open space for a throwback to the days when you were practicing for the driving test. It might be easier than you think, and if you have Ford’s Active Park Assist, front or rear parking sensors or a reverse camera, it’ll be easier and more stress free.

Stay alert and in control

Make sure you’re prepared for the journey ahead. Avoid driving while sleepy, and take plenty of breaks to make sure you remain focused. Ford’s Driver Impairment Monitor – available on the new Ford Ranger and other models – helps remind you when it’s time to take a break.