One-in-seven suffer memory gaps when driving

imagesTKWX5VR8Ever heard of the expression – ‘driving on auto pilot’?

Typically, it refers to when someone can’t recall what happened on a drive, particularly on a familiar route such as between home and work.

According to research by the UK based AA, one-in-seven drivers (about 15%) are likely to go into autopilot and forget the last few moments of their journey.

Twenty-four percent of 25-34 year olds were most likely to tune out making them the most affected age group followed by 18-24 year olds at 21% and 55-64 year olds at 14%. Perhaps surprisingly, the over-65s were the least likely with only 9% admitting this had happened to them.

Female drivers (17%) are more likely to admit to motoring memory blanks than male drivers (13%) and 31% of men are adamant they never forget.

According to the AA there may be many reasons for this, including being distracted by phone or passenger conversations, being engrossed in music or radio discussions or possibly just day dreaming.

While the “introduction” of driverless cars in the future could minimise such actions drivers should be more alert behind the wheel and whilst there are no Thought Police – policing what can’t and shouldn’t stop drivers from thinking – the number one priority whilst behind the wheel should be concentration on the road ahead.

Till next time remember – when you drive, be in the moment and focus on the task at hand, particularly when driving familiar routes

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