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Driving alone provides 'me time'

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Most motorists prefer to drive alone rather than have friends, family or even celebrities in the passenger seat, according to research.

More than 60% of drivers said they were happier driving alone and enjoy the valuable 'me time' that the car can provide, a Skoda-commissioned survey undertaken by YouGov found.

Listening to the radio or music in the car while alone was the top source of happiness (40%), while motorists also relished viewing beautiful scenery (12%) and one in 10 said it provided them with time to think.

A lack of distraction is not only good for a person's mental well being, it can also help to reduce accidents, ultimately keeping car insurance premiums lower.

Leading psychologist Gladeana McMahon said: "Driving on your own gives you time to think, whether mulling over issues or remembering good times. Given the hectic 24/7 lifestyles we all now seem to lead, the car has become a sanctuary for us to escape to, away from the stresses and strains of everyday life."

When it comes to travelling with colleagues, half of those surveyed felt that it was time well spent in getting to know their fellow workers, although 20% prefer to use the time to indulge in gossip about their colleagues.

Unsurprisingly, only 1% of Britons consider their boss to be a favourite passenger, while 8% believe that isolated time with their manager in the car could help to improve their careers or promotion chances.

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