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Written by Tim Barnes-Clay

It is just weeks into an already hectic and turbulent 2024, and over five million people in the UK believe solo driving is “a new form of meditation”.

According to research from car manufacturer Dacia – 65% of solo drivers admit that just sitting parked on the driveway brings them a moment of inner peace. 

On average, solo drivers spend 43 hours – more than an eight-hour working week – sitting in the car to help them unwind.

Driving solo beats several popular worry-busting pastimes, including exercise activities such as running (16%), more traditional mindfulness or meditation sessions (10%), team sports (8%), and deleting social media apps for a short break (4%). 

A feeling of escape (64%), listening to relaxing in-car playlists (49%), switching off from other worrying thoughts (41%) and feeling in control of one’s life (33%) topped the reasons as to why the nation is turning to driving solo to de-stress.

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The top 10 reasons why British motorists think driving solo is a new form of meditation:

  1. A feeling of escape (64%)
  2. Listening to relaxing in-car playlists or the radio (49%)
  3. Switching off from other worrying thoughts (41%)
  4. Feeling in control of one’s life (33%)
  5. Time spent alone away from loved ones (26%)
  6. Time spent free from a mobile phone (25%)
  7. Experiencing new sights (20%)
  8. Allows other creative ideas to come through (14%)
  9. Sitting in a cosy chair (13%)
  10. The smell of a car (10%) 

Dacia’s UK brand boss Luke Broad, says: “The world is complex right now, Christmas is behind us, and already people are feeling busy and stressed. We know that many of our customers are planning to redefine what is essential to them in 2024 – and that self-care is a priority. At Dacia, we understand living a simpler life isn’t always easy, so we are entirely behind Brits using their cars to take refuge from the stresses of everyday life.

“In fact, we are so devoted to keeping things simple and putting aside complexity that we only sell cars with all of the essentials – guaranteeing peace of mind so they can focus on what’s important to them, the experience of driving – with or without the family”. 

Dacia is famed for redefining the essentials, offering value to its customers, and being committed to making a car purchase stress-free.

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