July 2, 2019
Have you ever pulled into your parking spot at work—and realized that you don’t remember exactly what you did behind the wheel on the way there? You are not alone. Many of us “zone out” when we are navigating a familiar road, especially when we have a lot on our minds.
In fact, a recent survey of 2,000 U.S. drivers sponsored by Columbus, Ohio-based Root Insurance has revealed that more than one-quarter (27%) of Americans say they sometimes are “zombie drivers,” according to a report by Study Finds.
What’s more, fully 55% said they often feel like they are driving on autopilot. On average, drivers said they lose concentration about four times per week, and it happens more often during longer drives.
When asked why zombie driving occurs so often, 49% said it happens when they have a lot on their minds, 42% feel it occurs when they drive tired, and 40% tend to daydream while driving on familiar roads. Surprisingly, despite all of this absent-minded driving, 90% of respondents said they consider themselves good drivers.
Americans seem to enjoy multitasking on the road as well; with 55% admitting to eating while driving, 51% reporting that they talk on the phone, and 36% checking for texts and notifications. One-third even have changed the music on their smartphones while behind the wheel.
Interestingly enough, when drivers are put in the passenger seat they seem to be a bit more cautious, with 49% of respondents saying they have at least one friend or family member that makes them feel unsafe as a passenger.
The survey was conducted by OnePoll.
Research contact: @RootInsuranceco