Research by DS Automobiles found owners of electric and hybrid cars felt less stressed while driving than owners of petrol or diesel cars.

In a survey of 2,000 UK drivers, over 78% had experienced stress while driving. However, 38% of electric and hybrid car owners said their current car made them feel less stressed than previous petrol or diesel cars they had owned.

31% of those who experienced stress admitted this negatively affected their driving ability with stressed drivers more likely to make rash decisions and pay less attention to potential hazards. This highlighted the importance of a relaxing driving environment, with 20% of drivers saying features designed to reduce stress were something they usually considered when looking for a new car.

Among the features which drivers felt were most effective at reducing stress, a quiet and refined drive was cited by 41% of survey respondents.

Jules Tilstone, managing director of DS Automobiles UK, said: “At times, driving can be as stressful as it is enjoyable, but one of the many benefits of switching to electric is that it can help drivers feel more relaxed behind the wheel.”

Other features which 52% and 34% of drivers respectively said helped to reduce stress are a comfortable interior and seats, and a smooth ride.

51% said they found the overall experience of buying and owning a car a stressful one.