Commissioned by Skoda and undertaken by YouGov, the national study found that the majority of drivers would shun family, friends and even celebrities if given the choice to get some private time behind the wheel.
Leading UK psychologist, Gladeana McMahon, said the findings illustrated the importance of alone time.
“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,” Ms McMahon said.“Current research into the area of ‘positive psychology’ also shows that people who spend time reflecting on what they are thankful for become more psychologically resilient. So if used positively, your daily car journey can be channelled to make you healthier and happier.”
Forty percent of respondents said listening to the radio provided them with the greatest source of happiness while alone in the car, while looking at the scenery (12 percent) and thinking to themselves (10 percent) were other popular pastimes.
If respondents had to share the drive with a celebrity, TV personality Cheryl Cole and comedian Stephen Fry were the most popular choices, closely followed by George Clooney and Kylie Minogue.
Unsurprisingly, the top car sharing complaints among the Brits were driving styles (32 percent), untidy interiors (29 percent) and backseat drivers (28 percent).