Friday, June 03, 2005

McDonald's Responsible for Road Rage?

Got a case of road rage? Perhaps instead of blaming the other driver, blame McDonald's. According to a study done by the RAC Foundation, different smells can affect how you drive.

For example, Camomile, Jasmine, and Lavender can cause drivers to become over relaxed behind the wheel. The smell of fast-food wrappers, fresh bread or pastry can cause driver irritability, a desire to speed and an increased chance of involvement in road rage.

Fresh cut grass, pine woods or roadside flowers can put drivers into a nostalgic frame of mind. A combination of leather seats and oil can make some older drivers unconsciously adopt the risk-taking behaviour of younger drivers. Certain perfumes and aftershaves can make both male and female drivers more interested in carnal than motoring matters.

So what smells should you have in your car?

Peppermint and cinnamon - improves concentration levels as well as making drivers less irritable.

Lemon and coffee - these smells are good for clear thinking and high concentration levels.

New car smell (a combination of cleaning products and organic solvents etc) - tends to make people concentrate better and also take more care with their driving.

Sea ozone - a blast of salty sea air can encourage deep breathing which relaxes the muscles, relieves stress and calms the mind. Of course, this smell may be best left at home.


Excerpts taken from Sky News

2 Comments:

At Fri. Jun. 03, 07:39:00 p.m. MDT, Blogger v said...

Hello Aizlynne! Welcome to the Blogging Tories! I've been a member for well over a day now myself! Hahaha!

"Lemon and coffee - these smells are good for clear thinking and high concentration levels."


Citrus for sure; Two-time World Series of Poker Champion Johnny Chan has stated that he sometimes keeps an orange beside his chips at the poker table for this very reason.

Have a good weekend! Don't forget to point, then laugh, at Silly Liberals! Hahaha!

 
At Sat. Jun. 04, 06:55:00 p.m. MDT, Anonymous Candace said...

That's actually pretty interesting! I wonder what sort of mood is created by dead lattes spilled on the floor combined with old chewing gum stuffed into the passenger door pocket along with half-eaten snacks no longer interesting to a child and "eau d' wet dog"?

Oops. Maybe that's why I'm cranky driving back from my aunt's cottage. Hmmmmm

 

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