Over 1 in 10 (11%) of football fans have had an accident or near accident while driving listening to football commentary
One in 25 (4%) have driven more aggressively when their team is losing Almost 1 in 5 (18%) would not let drivers displaying stickers/ scarves of arch rivals out at junctions
West Bromwich Albion fans are the most stressed out when listening to commentary on the radio whilst driving
As the Premiership season has kicked off, new research by leading price comparison site Confused.com reveals more than 1 in 10 (11%) football fans said listening to football commentary on the radio while driving had caused them to have an accident or near accident. In fact, motorists aged 18-24 were most affected by listening to radio commentary, with over 1 in 5 (22%) having an accident or near miss.
A further 7% of football fans said listening to the football commentary had led to erratic driving. It seems that listening to goals being scored by your team and conversely goals being scored against your team prompt one in 25 (4%) to drive faster or more aggressively.
Unsurprisingly, half (50%) of football fans say their stress levels rise when listening to commentary on the radio while driving, with West Bromwich Albion fans being most stressed out (83%); followed by Sunderland (67%) and Norwich City fans (60%). Crystal Palace and Stoke City fans were the calmest; with only 1 in 4 (25%) saying they experienced increased stress levels when listening to their club play on the radio.
Not only does football commentary affect driving behaviour, it also affects people’s relationships. Nearly 8% of football fans admitted they have rowed with a partner in the car due to football commentary.
Other actions caused by listening to football commentary include punching in the air when driving, with four in 10 football fans (41%) doing this in celebration. In addition,16% have banged the steering wheel in frustration and half (50%) have shouted at the radio.
When it comes to driving etiquette (letting other drivers out at junctions and so on), almost 1 in 5 fans (18%) would discriminate against drivers of cars with stickers/ scarves of arch rivals displayed.
Manchester City fans are most likely to discriminate against drivers – possibly displaying Manchester United scarves/ stickers in their cars. Plus, they are almost twice as likely (31%) to discriminate than Man United fans (17%).
Football fans that are most likely not to let rival fans out of junctions:
1. Manchester City fans
2. West Bromwich Albion fans
3. Sunderland fans
4. Cardiff City fans
5. Norwich City fans