SOURCE: Plymouth Rock Assurance

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November 14, 2016 06:00 ET

New Study Reveals NJ's Top Causes of Holiday Stress

RED BANK, NJ--(Marketwired - November 14, 2016) - Traffic, holiday shopping and overly busy schedules are expected to raise stress levels in the Garden State this holiday season, according to research from New Jersey insurance group Plymouth Rock Assurance.

When it comes to traffic, those polled expect additional stress to come from crowded parking lots, traffic jams, drunk drivers, bad weather and other drivers texting. Additionally, 87% expect to encounter more aggressive drivers during the holidays.

"Safety on the road and at home is paramount, particularly during the busy holiday season," said Gerry Wilson, President and CEO of Plymouth Rock Management Company of New Jersey. "It's easy to lose focus when so many things are competing for everyone's attention and weighing on their minds. The chances for accidents increase when people are distracted. We want to help everyone get home safe so we regularly study the behavior of Garden State drivers to identify and address safety concerns."

Key findings from the latest research show that:

  • 82% said traffic will give them more stress, while 74% cited holiday shopping and 71% cited overly busy schedules.
  • 90% said crowded parking lots will raise their stress level, while 88% cited traffic jams, 87% cited drunk drivers, 86% cited bad driving weather and 85% cited other drivers texting.
  • 73% experience pressure from holiday gift giving and 75% experience an increased level of multitasking around the holidays.
  • Larger percentages of Millennials said holiday and related activities will add to their stress level, compared with Gen Xers and Baby Boomers.

"Our study also shows that many people use positive seasonal activities to help them retreat from stress," Wilson added. "Finding ways to relax can help everyone feel less distracted and have a safer and happier holiday season."

These are the five most popular relaxation methods that poll respondents use when they're feeling stressed this time of year:

59% take time for themselves
43% listen to seasonal music
41% spend time with family
37% admire holiday decorations
36% exercise

Visit the Plymouth Rock Blog for holiday relaxation tips, a list of the most popular Garden State holiday songs as chosen by poll respondents and tips to be safer during the holidays.

About Plymouth Rock

Plymouth Rock Assurance is a marketing name used by a group of separate companies that write and manage property and casualty insurance in multiple states. Insurance in New Jersey is offered by Plymouth Rock Management Company of New Jersey on behalf of Palisades Insurance Company, High Point Property and Casualty Insurance Company, Teachers Auto Insurance Company of New Jersey, Palisades Safety and Insurance Association and their affiliates. Each company is financially responsible only for its own insurance products. For additional information about Plymouth Rock Assurance, please visit plymouthrock.com.

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