By Denna Bowman
Drivers only concentrate for two thirds of their time behind the wheel, according to a survey carried out by Continental tyres.
More than six also admit to ‘zoning out’ whilst behind the wheel with a massive 59 per cent of drivers finding they forget parts of their journey.
And the tyres manufacturer study revealed that over half (51 per cent) switch to ‘auto-pilot mode’ on their daily commute to and from work.
Continental tyres commissioned the survey of 4,000 UK road users and found that motorists were only fully concentrated on the road for 67 per cent of the time spent in the driver’s seat.
And tuning the radio, talking to passengers and gawping at the scenery topped the list of everyday distractions.
Guy Frobisher, director of safety at Continental tyres yesterday said: “These statistics are really worrying.
“When driving, so much can happen in just a few seconds that you need to be able to react quickly so you can brake safely.
“If you’re not fully paying attention you are less likely to anticipate the risks that emerge during a journey and reactions are slowed.
“The net effect is that people are not avoiding the risks and they are less likely to brake in time, meaning more accidents.”
The research found the average driver is on the road for 45 minutes a day and that they are in their own little world for 17 minutes of this time.