No turn signals, no thank yous for letting you in my lane, driving too slow in the fast lane – do these traffic bug-a-boos bug you? You’re not alone there’s a new survey out showing stress factors in the traffic lanes across the U.S. and now we have ways you can cope with them all. In recognition of National Stress Awareness Day on 4/17 Stress Expert Dr. Martha Beck has ideas and new ways to avoid stress on the road – – no matter where you live! We all know what it’s like to face rush hour traffic during our morning and evening commute to and from work. Approximately 10 million Americans drive more than 60 minutes each way to work. Research has shown that commuting can even take a toll on our health. Dr. Martha Beck, best selling author and columnist for O, The Oprah Magazine,who has teamed up with the Dodge Avenge Your Commute campaign shows us how to alleviate some of the stress caused by the daily commute. A recent Dodge survey revealed 51 percent of Americans who live in major markets find their commute stressful! Of those commuters who find their commute stressful: 62 percent experience feelings of frustration 52 percent get in bad moods 37 percent suffer from headaches 28 percent experience back pain Fifty-three percent of male commuters who are stressed by their commute said they find their evening commute more stressful, while 52 percent of women who are stressed by their commute find their morning commute more stressful Sixty-percent of commuters are guilty of talking on the cell phone while driving, while 37 percent said they are guilty of having a lead foot and 26 percent admitted to not using a turn signal Other drives talking on the cell phone (25 percent) is the trait that frustrates commuters the most, followed by driving slowly in the left lane (21 percent) and darting from lane to lane (17 percent) When asked what features would best enhance their commute, 29 percent said hands-free technology, 25 percent stated high tech sound system and 18 percent answered automatic temperature control More female commuters admitted that they are guilty of talking on the cell phone (67 percent) versus male commuters (54 percent) Men and women equally admitted they are guilty of having a lead foot (37 percent of commuters) More male commuters admit they are guilty of not using their turn signal (29 percent) versus female commuters (23 percent) Commuters 40 or younger are more likely to be guilty of driving no-no’s: 66 percent talk on a cell phone while driving versus 55 percent of those older than 40 Ģ 43 percent admit to having a lead foot versus 32 percent of those older than 40, 31 percent admit to not using a turn signal versus 22 percent of those older than 40, 21 percent admit to darting from lane to lane versus only 9 percent of those older than 40 Commuters 40 and younger are most frustrated by someone who drives slowly in the left lane (25 percent) while those over 40 are most frustrated by someone talking on the cell phone (28 percent) Commuters 40 and younger are more likely to be affected by their commute: 34 percent experience feelings of frustration versus 23 percent of those older than 40 31 percent experience bad moods versus 20 percent of those older than 40 21 percent experience headaches versus 13 percent of those older than 40 For more information visit http://www.DodgeAvengeYourCommute.com www.DodgeAvengeYourCommute.com .