How a tropical trend in cars affects you
The way a car rides and drives affects the way we feel, says Dr Andrew Jevons, an economist at the University of Oxford.
“You can have a good, comfortable car, but if the car drives slowly, then you feel very uncomfortable.
The way it moves, and the way it feels, is the same.
You get a feeling of being a little bit out of control.”
Dr Jevos says the same is true of traffic, with its unpredictable movement.
If you can slow down traffic, you feel more relaxed and you’re less likely to get into an accident, he says.
That’s because the speed of a car is determined by the speed at which it moves.
But, if you slow down the speed and the car doesn’t move at all, that feels like you’re speeding up.
That can make drivers feel safer, but also make traffic more chaotic, with cars going in different directions.
The same is happening when people look at cars in a new way.
“People are more sensitive to changes in the environment around them,” Dr Jovons says.
For example, cars in London, which is relatively calm, can feel more stressed when drivers feel they have to get out of a lane, or they have an accident.
That may be because the road changes so often, or because drivers have to adjust to the new road conditions.
And the more they drive, the more the environment changes.
“The environment in which we live is changing very rapidly,” says Dr Javons.
“It changes from year to year, and that can be extremely challenging for us.
We may think about what we need to do to prepare for that change, but we’re also going to need to think about how we’re going to get the most out of our life, so we need a balance.”
If you’re worried about your commute, try walking, cycling or walking along the beach.
The risk of a traffic accident, says John Stott, an economics lecturer at the National University of Singapore, is that a driver’s experience will be worse than a pedestrian’s.
But he says people can also try walking on busy streets, in busy areas, and in busy car parks.
“In most of these places, there is not as much pedestrian activity as on a residential street, so you can get away with a lot more, and also if you’re not wearing a helmet, you can take the risk that your car will hit a pedestrian,” he says, adding that the safer you are, the less you will hit people.
If your commute is long, like one hour, it may be worth walking to work, or going for a run.
You can do this with a walkie-talkie, or use a GPS device, says Mr Stott.
But if you walk, don’t be tempted to turn around.
“Even if you do turn around, if the other person is ahead, they’re not going to stop,” he explains.
“So if you turn around and then you’re behind, you’ve got to wait until they come to a stop, which can be up to half an hour.”
To get the best out of your commute you need to know what you’re getting into, says Tom Mould, who studies travel, travel advice and safety at the Australian National University.
You should be aware of the hazards of the road, of other people around you, and your own personal safety.
You also need to plan ahead, and know how to avoid accidents.
You’ll need to understand the laws in your area, and be prepared for delays.
You need to be able to deal with traffic, weather and accidents.
“If you have a job, you have to know the rules of the roads, and how to get around,” he adds.
And you need a plan for what you can and can’t do.
“I’m always surprised when I see people going to a party with the intention of going out to a nightclub,” says Mr Mould.
“What I see most often is people driving around with nothing on their car, or just with a car with nothing.
It’s a very unusual behaviour.”
But if it is a party, you should have a plan, he advises.
“There is a lot of planning involved,” he warns.
You have to be flexible, because sometimes people have things to do.
For instance, if they have a big family, and you need extra space for them, you might want to take them to a restaurant or a pub.
You might even want to make a phone call and get a taxi to take the family home.