One in ten drive on ‘autopilot’

Monday, February 24, 2014 - 16:00
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PLAGUE: Are you too easily distracted?

Easily-distracted drivers are plaguing the UK, research by the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) has revealed.

More than one in ten (14%) of drivers are often unable to recall any part of their car journey, with 54% missing turnings due to distraction.

The findings of the study, carried out by Vision Critical, have led the IAM to warn against the perils of driving on ‘autopilot’.

Simon Best, Chief Executive of the IAM, said: “It’s all too easy to get behind the wheel and zone out completely.

“Being distracted enough that you miss a turning is a sign that driving is a task that has fallen too low in your brain’s priorities.

“While we all have other concerns and stresses in our lives which can take precedence in our minds, the act of driving should remain your biggest priority when behind the wheel.

“The fact is it takes too long to react appropriately if you are not concentrating on driving.

“Being distracted can have serious consequences, it could mean that you’re less likely to see that cyclist or child running out until it’s too late.”

Younger drivers were found to be the most easily distracted, with 35% of 18-25-year-olds often unable to recall any part of their journey.

In contrast, just 5% of those over 65 admitted to not remembering their journey.

Geographically, Londoners (22%) are less likely to recall any part of their journey, compared to 11% in Scotland and 10% in the South-West.

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