According to a new research, female drivers are more likely to stress if they're lost or in bad weather, while men stress over traffic jams. While fighting heavy traffic, the stress levels in men can increase so much that the male drivers can cause much more at-fault collisions than their female counterparts, the research found. These observations were drawn from a survey of 1000 Australian households conducted by Woolcott Research and released by NRMA Insurance. The survey found female drivers were almost twice as likely as men to feel stressed behind the wheel if they were lost or didn't know where they were going. Frank Adler, an NRMA Insurance spokesman, said the survey showed men's and women's patience was pushed in difficult driving conditions. "When we asked men and women about the causes of stress while driving, responses for both sexes ranged from other drivers on the road to poor road conditions, heavy traffic, unfamiliar roads, bad weather and kids in the back seat," Courier Mail quoted Adler, as saying. "Driving on unfamiliar roads affected significantly more women than it did men. And, when it came to driving in bad weather, one in three women said they felt stressed compared to just one in seven men," he added.
Adler said that male drivers were more frustrated by traffic jams.
"Interestingly, men's patience was more likely to fray when fighting heavy traffic, with more men admitting it made their stress levels spike. Stress can cloud driving judgment for both men and women," he said.