Is driving good for your mental health? Porsche, which, granted, has a vested interest in the concept, found one person making strong arguments for the psychological benefits of driving.
Professor Lynne Pearce teaches literary and cultural theory at Lancaster University in the United Kingdom. The daughter of a mechanic and garage owner, she’s written extensively on the benefits of driving, including the book “Drivetime: Literary Excursions in Automotive Consciousness.”
“Whenever I get into the car I feel a sense of relief,” Pearce said in a statement. “My body relaxes, and I looked forward to the uninterrupted time I have to think.”
In her book, Pearce talks about using long drives (she has made an 800-mile trip between her childhood home in Cornwall, England, and current home in Glasgow, Scotland, for decades) to work out issues both personal and professional.