Every year many road accidents take place due to driver negligence. Daydreaming is a distraction that shifts driver’s focus from wheel to internal thoughts. Many accidents all across the world have been reported because of daydreaming. In order to have a safe journey on road, drivers need be aware and respond actively to unexpected events. The cases of daydreaming or mind wandering were more common towards the end of the day. It means when the drivers were returning home after work.
A recent study has revealed that almost 65% of drivers daydream towards the end of the day’s work. Mind wandering or day dreaming is quite common among drivers. Researchers have been studying drivers and habits extensively to determine the causes of road accidents. The study showed that driver’s lapse in focus is one of the major factors in road accidents and fatalities. The major sources contributing to crashes were external elements like mobile phones, tablets, and other handheld devices. However, there were many accidents in which no external elements were involved. According to researchers, mind wandering or daydreaming was a significant killer in road accidents yet it is understudied. Drivers dozing off while driving or getting drenched to internal thoughts are a major contributor to traffic mishaps all across the globe.
The results of the study were based on a driving simulation. The simulation involved drivers driving vehicles in a simulator and then equipment studying their minds. The main objective of the simulation was to study the frequency of mind wandering in drivers and how it can be disastrous on roads. The research required volunteers who would use a driving simulator. They were then connected to an electrophysiological monitoring system which kept an eye on the electrical activity in their brains. The process for repeated for five days with two 20-minute driving simulations each day on a long highway. The researchers found that the driver’s frequency of having a wandering mind was on the second drive of simulation.
The conclusion of the study was that if the driver wants to stay safe they have to alert all the time. There is very little room for error. While on road drivers should be ready for any unexpected events. Many experts believe the future of road safety lies in the autonomous transport systems. Artificial intelligence will drive self-driven cars so that even if driver’s mind goes for a spin, it does not cost lives.