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Women angrier than men whilst driving


The recent study of 1,000 UK drivers reveals women are, on average, 12% angrier than men when they’re behind the wheel.

New research conducted by Hyundai Motor UK has revealed that women drivers are angrier than men. SHOCK! The study of 1,000 UK drivers revealed that on average, women are 12% angrier than men behind the wheel.

Participants of the study were ‘sense-tested’ by Patrick Fagan, a behavioural physiologist from Goldsmiths University London. Whilst driving, the participants were tested to see how they would react in various situations.

“Psychologically, women score higher than men on emotional and verbal intelligence, and on the personality trait of neuroticism.” Said Patrick Fagan. Evolutionary theory suggests our early female ancestors had to develop an acute sense of danger for anything that threatened them and their young if their cave was undefended while men were out hunting. That ‘early warning system’ instinct is still relevant today, and women drivers tend to be more sensitive to negative stimuli, so get angry and frustrated quicker.”

The study found that two emotions were prominent throughout the tests; happiness and anger. Happiness being linked to the sense of freedom when driving and anger when drivers feel out of control of the situation.

But what else did this study find?

The main reason we love driving so much is that it gives us freedom, mobility and independence. Another interesting finding was that if you want a man to open up, just take him for a drive. Sounds weird, but 29% of men said they find it easier to have a conversation in the car. Music is another prominent factor that makes drivers happy, eight out of 10 people always listen to something whilst driving.

So there you have it… Women are angrier drivers than men, but if you want a guy to open up, just take him for a drive.

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