The ability for people to move at 70 miles an hour is pretty new, when you consider the course of human history. If you took someone from almost any other time period and dropped them into 2021, automobiles would be absolutely astounding and terrifying. The last thing that person would be while driving down the interstate is bored. They’d probably be scared out of their mind.
However, studies have found that most people get bored while they drive after about 12 minutes. That’s all it takes for us to feel like what we’re doing is mundane. And that’s a problem.
Boredom leads to distraction
The issue here is that the human mind does not like to be bored, even for a short time. It wants some type of stimulation. People will naturally begin seeking that engagement if they feel bored.
In the car, keeping your attention on the road is paramount, but it’s harder when you’re bored. You’ll be more tempted to check social media or send a text. You’ll turn up the music or start looking for a new playlist. You’ll talk to friends or start looking at interesting objects and events on the side of the road.
In short, when the drive gets boring, your mind stops thinking about driving. This is critically dangerous, though, because distractions and a lack of concentration can combine and lead to some very serious accidents.
Did a distracted driver hit you?
If you have been hit by a distracted driver, you may have suffered serious injuries, leading to major medical bills and other costs. Take the time to look into all of the options that you have to seek compensation from that driver.