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The (Dullest) Drive of Your Life

The (Dullest) Drive of Your Life

We all lead busy lives and when we’re cocooned in our cars it becomes a place of refuge and quiet calm for the soul. Or so we’d like to think. In fact, there are many things in a driver’s life designed to spoil the trip. Traffic jams, detours and safety cameras all conspire to ruin our day.

For 34% of us, scarcely a journey goes by without becoming frustrated by the bizarre and careless antics of other motorists. Things are just as bad inside the car as any parent will tell you when going on a family holiday and on the insurance policy front you are risking your cover on a daily basis thanks to our pothole festooned roads.

Just think about it. How many times on a lovely, winding two lane blacktop have you come across the ponderous, swaying rear end of a caravan and thought about your good fortune? The truth is motoring these days is both frustrating and boring.

Recent research by Allianz Your Cover showed that car owners in Worcester  reckon they have the most boring roads in Britain. That knowledge will not cut any ice with the good folk of Chelmsford or Plymouth, for example, who will tell you that, in comparison with their sad streets and dull drives, the roads of Worcester are a veritable driving heaven. Most drivers will agree though that the M25 – ringing London like a circle of mundane motoring mediocrity – is the winner of the most boring road in Britain award by, curiously, a country mile.

The worry is that boredom, arguably more so than the other distractions, is very likely to result in a loss of concentration and that’s a bad thing. It’s not so bad if the family is on board as the car is often seen as a good place to chew over household business and children instinctively know that a drive out is a good time to deliver bad news from the safety of the back seat.

It’s worse in winter as the light leaves early and whatever views that might have been available to relieve the tedium are lost to you. This is when some thought can be given to winter preparation for your car; always a sensible idea and it will keep your mind in gear.

Anyone who has ever drifted off to the land of nod through tiredness and boredom can tell you how frightening and dangerous the results can be. Concentration at the wheel is vital. The sensible driver knows to take regular breaks en route. Five minutes fresh air and a bit of leg stretching can make all the difference. Music can help but try to avoid Bohemian Rhapsody – too much head banging to be safe!

Information Source:
“Are we there yet?” Poll by Allianz Your Cover Insurance (www.yourcoverinsurance.co.uk)
Allianz Your Cover Insurance are launching a competition on Facebook from 10am today (Monday 5 November) to win some great in-car prizes. (www.facebook.com/yourcoveruk)

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