It is official, men and women drift into different worlds when switched to ‘autopilot’ and hope for different benefits from future automotive advances.
Women drivers are nearly twice as likely as their male counterparts to compile a mental shopping or ‘to do’ list whilst men listen to music, the radio or podcasts.
Eight in ten road users admit they sometimes drive on autopilot – zoning out for some or all of their journey. The issue is getting worse as the same study in 2009 found six in ten failed to concentrate throughout their trip, so in just over six years the amount of people driving on autopilot has increased by a third.
The research is part of Continental Tyres’ ‘Vision Zero’, a long-term commitment to reduce accidents through innovative tyre technologies and automotive systems.
Mark Griffiths, safety expert for Continental Tyres said, “Although both men and women are physically engaged in driving, if they are distracted that presents a risk. It is possible that what they think about when ‘zoned out’ can make a big difference when they need to concentrate fully.
“This research also identifies clear differences in the environment when the different genders are more prone to being distracted and given the impact on likely speeds; this informs our constant drive to improve road safety.”
The study of 2,000 drivers determined that women are 57 per cent more likely to be distracted on small side roads – when travelling slower – whilst men are 48 per cent more likely to switch to autopilot when on motorways.
A quarter of all drivers say that being distracted happens as often as one in five journeys – with around one in six men admitting they often cannot remember the entire journey.