Study Finds Daydreaming Major Cause of Accidents
Whether driven by fantasy, stress or just plain boredom, a new study from Popular Mechanics reveals the dangers of daydreaming while driving. Accounting for an alarming 62% of 65,000 fatal crashes over a two-year span (concluded by the Erie Insurance Group), spacing out at the steering wheel is responsible for taking five times as many lives as talking or texting. With numbers that high, what should be done about it?
The mere idea of “regulating” thoughts is not only ridiculous, but a little “Big Brother” to boot. Thousands of thoughts are sourced from routine interactions with family, friends, co-workers, even strangers, and serve as healthy distractions from the everyday run-of-the-mill. Rather than drive away daydreams, let’s aim to increase overall awareness. Keep your head out of the clouds (and on the road) with the following tips and tricks:
- Keep your eyes moving. Scan the road ahead for cars, pedestrians and bicyclists, and check your mirrors often. Doing so will bolster alertness and improve your defensive driving skills as well.
- Keep your mouth moving. Chewing gum or eating crunchy foods has been linked to increased attentiveness.
- Rework your route. Driving a different way than usual will focus your attention on the destination’s directives, making it difficult to daydream.
We can all stand to be a little more aware, and with such simple solutions, why not save ourselves from becoming just another statistic? Do yourself, and fellow drivers, a favor and don’t stop dreaming…just put it on hold until you’re home.
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