Beware of Zoomed-Out Drivers

Beware of Zoomed-Out Drivers

Posted on Thursday, November 4th, 2021 at 6:58 pm    

Here’s a curious statistic: with COVID causing unprecedented numbers of people to work from home the number of miles driven by Americans dropped dramatically in 2020, but the number of highway fatalities increased! Data from the National Safety Council indicates that 42,000 people died in car accidents last year which is a 24% increase per miles driven over 2019—the biggest one-year jump since 1924. Experts believe one potential reason is Zoomed out drivers.

Mind Fog Leads to Accidents

By Zoomed out we mean drivers who are spending prolonged periods teleconferencing or meeting on Zoom or other platforms for work. A recent study conducted by Root Insurance found that 54% of the adult motorists they surveyed said they had trouble concentrating behind the wheel after videoconferences. Safety experts believe that drivers who get behind the wheel after a period of videoconferencing and doing other work tasks that involve the computer may suffer from “cognitive overload.” This may make it difficult to focus on the road and be a contributing factor in the recent surge in car accident fatalities.

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Spotting Zoom Zombies

Now that you know, take a break between videoconferencing/computer work and driving. Try a brisk walk, exercising, having a cup of tea, or taking a quick power nap before getting on the road.

But how can you spot drivers who may be zoned out? Here are potential warning signs:

  • Car is weaving over the line and in and out of their lane
  • Driver fails to stop at a red light or yield sign
  • Driver makes turns or changes lanes without using a turn signal
  • Braking suddenly or riding the brakes
  • Inability to maintain a constant speed

If you see any of these behaviors give the vehicle a wide berth and stay extra vigilant until you are past it.

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