Hyundai wants us to de-stress by driving.

Where would your dream road trip be? For me it's the Scottish Highlands, and it seems many agree with me.

Scotland topped a survey of 2000 adults carried out by Hyundai which asked where their dream locations for a relaxing drive.

Scotland beat the iconic Route 66 in the US, as well as other locations in the UK like the Lake District, and Cornwall, while Australia, New Zealand and the California coastline were also popular suggestions.

"Your car becomes not just a mode of transport, but a gateway to another world, in which your everyday worries and concerns are far behind you," said psychologist Dr Becky Spelman.

Kylesku Bridge on the A894 Sutherland Scotland

"Scotland has been voted the top destination for a relaxing drive, but even if you are not lucky enough to live in Scotland, our green and pleasant land offers plenty of choices for anyone who wants to regroup and de-stress away from the hustle and bustle of their everyday life."

Top places Brits dream of going for a relaxing drive

  • Scotland
  • Route 66, USA
  • Australia
  • New Zealand
  • Lake District
  • Californian coastline
  • Wales
  • Italy
  • Cornwall
  • Iceland

Hyundai is encouraging Brits to get out on the road to enjoy some 'time out' in one of their favourite places with friends or family – or to simply have some alone time.

Hyundai's push to de-stress the nation by driving comes after its survey, carried out by OnePoll revealed a bad night's sleep was most likely to stress people out, followed by money concerns and running late.

The survey also showed that Brits are twice as likely to fall out with their partners than colleagues when stressed; just 17 percent of adults never worry about their job outside of work, with figures falling to just ten per cent for those aged 44 and younger; and more than half of people polled admitted that over the past year the pressures of daily life have left them needing a break.

Winding A894 road to Assynt in Scottish Highlands

Social media was also shown to have a bigger impact on younger people, with almost 40 percent of under 44s involved with the survey admitting that the likes of Facebook and Twitter had made their lives more stressful. This figure fell to just 12 percent for over 55s.

Women were said to lead a more stressful life, spending 51 minutes per day stressed compared to 41 minutes for men, while adults aged 35-44 are the most stressed demographic, struggling to sleep eight nights per month and spending 61 minutes per day worried or wound up.

"Despite being given the choice of anywhere in the world, Brits have chosen the glorious Scottish landscape as their number one location for a relaxing drive," said a Hyundai UK spokesperson. "You can’t blame them – with dozens of quiet roads which meander through the dramatic scenery, it is the perfect location to visit and unwind."