One-in-seven suffer memory gaps when driving

Wednesday, January 27, 2016


One-in-seven drivers are likely to go into autopilot and forget the last few moments of their journey according to a poll.

An AA/Populus poll found that 15% of drivers have very often or quite often experienced episodes where they can’t remember the last few moments, or longer, of their journeys.

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 males drivers (13%) and 31% of men are adamant they never forget.

More drivers (17%) from Yorkshire, Humberside and Wales admit to memory blanks than drivers from any other parts of the UK. Drivers less likely to forget where they have come from live in London and Scotland (12%).

AA president Edmund King said: “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.

“Until the advent of driverless cars we would prefer drivers to be more alert behind the wheel. Whilst the Thought Police can’t and shouldn’t stop drivers from thinking, the number one priority whilst behind the wheel should be concentration on the road ahead.”


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