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82% of drivers say they are happy

A woman driving a blue car28/12/12

By Shanna McGoldrick

More than 80 per cent of drivers are generally happy, despite flooded roads and financial concerns, research suggests.

An AA/Populus survey has revealed that 32 per cent of 17,883 AA members questioned claimed to be very happy, with only 1 per cent categorising themselves as very unhappy.

The under-25s were the most content, with a happiness rating of 90 per cent. Meanwhile, people in North-East England were least likely to consider themselves very happy.

Motorists cited their main everyday worries as household bills and health, with one quarter of respondents saying motoring costs were most likely to make them unhappy during any one day. This percentage was higher among people on the lower socio-economic scale.

Men worried more than women about health and global affairs while women were more concerned than men about household bills, family tensions and problems at work.

Additional factors making the participants unhappy included traffic congestion and crowded public transportation in London.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, potholes were also a source of discontent for motorists.

Last month the Local Government Association (LGA) warned that motorists face a pothole 'catastrophe' as budget cuts and the threat of severe winter conditions leave many councils struggling to move beyond simply repairing 'a deteriorating network'.

Council chiefs have claimed that they already have a £10billion backlog of repairs. London has the fewest potholes on the roads, with an average of 4.9 per mile.

Commenting on the survey results AA president Edmund King said: "It is reassuring that despite all the doom and gloom of the last year some 82 per cent of people are still happy.

"Hopefully the new year will herald an era of greater happiness for all. A drop in fuel prices and traffic congestion would certainly raise the happiness index for many drivers."

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