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Drivers switch off after 11 minutes on the motorway

Peter Woodman

Published 29/02/2012 | 10:08

MOTORISTS on long journeys drive for just 11 minutes before mentally switching off, according to a survey.

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Some have driven to their office rather than their desired destination after going into "autopilot", the poll by esure car insurance found.

Of the 1,003 motorists surveyed, 25pc admitted they got easily bored while driving, with 22pc regularly going into autopilot.

As many as 34pc had made a journey and had no recollection of it upon arrival. Also, 32pc said they changed the radio station or checked their phone to keep their mind stimulated on car trips.

Main reasons given for going into autopilot mode were sleepiness and thinking about work.

As many as 16pc of male motorists admitted they went into autopilot mode when their partner was trying to talk to them, while only 10pc of women switched off to dodge partners' chatter.

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