Does Scotland make your list for relaxing drives?
by Helen Jackson |
posted 02 April 2019
The Lake District, Route 66 and the Scottish Highlands are among the dream locations stressed-out Brits would most like to go for a relaxing drive, according to a study of 2000 adults by Hyundai. The most popular country is Scotland and in particular the Highlands, which is famous for its dramatic landscapes and quiet winding roads like the A82 and A835.
Other desirable locations included the Lake District, Cornwall, Australia, New Zealand and the California coastline. The research also found that the average adult spends more than 11-and-a-half days per year, that is 46 mins per day, stressed.
Psychologist Dr Becky Spelman said:
“Our modern world offers more opportunities than ever before in many ways, but at the same time, people are also more stressed than ever before. Research shows that having access to nature is a real way to unwind and destress.”
The study, carried out by OnePoll for Hyundai, revealed a bad night's sleep was most likely to stress people out, followed by money concerns and running late. It has also emerged that Brits are twice as likely to fall out with their partners than colleagues when stressed.
Just 17 per cent of adults never worry about their job outside of work, with figures falling to just ten per cent for those aged 44 and younger. And more than half of people polled admitted that over the past year the pressures of daily life have left them needing a break.
Hyundai is encouraging Brits to enjoy some ‘time out’ by driving to one of their favourite places with friends or family – or to simply have some alone time. It follows the launch of the manufacturer’s i30 Fastback N, a sleek model offering hot hatch performance but with a more distinctive and elegant style. At the push of a button, drivers have the choice of five drive modes that change the character of the car and can match their mood: Eco, Normal, Sport, N and N Custom.
A spokesperson for Hyundai UK said:
“Despite being given the choice of anywhere in the world, Brits have chosen the glorious Scottish landscape as their number one location for a relaxing drive. You can’t blame them - with dozens of quiet roads which meander through the dramatic scenery, it is the perfect location to visit and unwind.”