If you were to ask residents of Florida about their driving abilities, most of them would likely say that they pay attention behind the wheel. However, what about during those boring commutes home after a tiring day spent working? During these moments, it’s often easy for drivers’ minds to momentarily think about something else. A recent study found that having a wandering mind is more dangerous than you might think while driving.
How often a wandering mind can occur behind the wheel
A team of scientists in the United States wanted to find out how often people’s minds wander while they’re driving. To conduct this experiment, a group of volunteers completed a series of driving simulations. During these tests, the volunteer drivers would hear a buzzer.
After hearing this sound, these volunteers would have to indicate whether their minds were wandering before the buzzer sounded. The results of this study found that the drivers’ minds were wandering over 70% of the time.
What could help prevent the problem of mind wandering?
The scientists who conducted the study hypothesized that one way to prevent mental distractions from causing car accidents would be to implement self-driving automobiles. However, self-driving cars still have a long way to go before they become widely used.
Having a wandering mind can lead to dangerous situations while driving. If drivers spend as much as 70% of the time behind the wheel thinking about non-driving-related matters, the best way to prevent this situation is to recognize when your mind is wandering. After re-focusing your thoughts, you’ll be able to continue driving safely.
If you were injured in a car accident caused by a driver who was distracted, you might want to seek compensation for your injuries and property damage. A personal injury attorney may be able to help you negotiate with the insurance company for a settlement or represent you in court.