Recent research by DS Automobiles found drivers of electric and hybrid cars feel less stressed behind the wheel than those driving petrol or diesel cars.

More than 78% participants in a survey of 2,000 UK drivers said they had experienced stress while driving. Of  those who experienced stress, 31% reported that it had a negative effect on their driving ability. However, 38% of electric and hybrid car owners reported they feel less stressed while driving than in their previous petrol or diesel vehicles.

More than half (51%) of those questioned said they found buying and owning a car a stressful experience overall. A quiet and refined drive was cited by 41% of survey respondents as something they felt was most helpful in reducing stress. 52% and 34% of drivers respectively cited comfortable interior and seats, and a comfortable ride as being the features they found most helpful with reducing stress.

DS Automobiles said the survey findings highlight the increasing importance of a relaxing driving environment. Additionally, 20% of drivers questioned said they think about features designed to reduce stress when buying a new vehicle.

Managing Director of DS Automobiles, Jules Tilstone, commented: “At times, driving can be as stressful as it is enjoyable, but one of the many benefits of switching to electric is that it can help drivers feel more relaxed behind the wheel.

“Since 2019, DS has offered an electrified version of every model in our line-up, and from 2024 will only launch fully electric vehicles. Combined with French luxury savoir-faire and innovative technology, DS offers drivers a memorable, stress-free driving experience.”