According to recent reports motorists on long journeys mentally switch off after driving for eleven minutes. The survey conducted consisted of 1003 motorists and revealed 25% of drivers admitting they got bored easily whilst driving and 22% going on autopilot at regular intervals.
More worryingly as many as 34% had made a journey and had no recollection of it upon arrival, but 32% said they changed radio stations and checked their phone to keep their mind stimulated on car trips. The main reasons given for going into autopilot mode were sleepiness and thinking about work. Drivers in north-east England were the worst for mentally switching off at the wheel, while those in the East Midlands had the best levels of concentration.
Mike Pickard, head of risk and underwriting at esure car insurance, said "Advances in technology have revolutionised the way we keep our brains stimulated. We all love playing with our gadgets but as this study shows this can become problematic when we get behind the wheel. Even on a short journey it is important for all motorists to focus on the road ahead and not let technology withdrawal systems get the better of them whilst driving."