Does inattentional blindness put you at risk of crashing?

On Behalf of | Jun 12, 2020 | Car Accidents

New York motorists like you do everything you can to keep yourself and others safe. Any time you hit the road, there is always going to be some sort of danger. 

But do you know about the dangers of inattentional blindness? This issue falls under the umbrella of distracted driving. Not many people know of its existence, which can lead to increased crashes. 

How inattentional blindness affects the mind 

The American Psychological Association discusses inattentional blindness, which is a normally harmless phenomenon. It allows people to focus in on the important details in any given scenario. This is crucial. It allows humans to sort and prioritize the information they gain. If you took in every detail of everything you experienced, what would happen? You would have no mental space left for anything else. Inattentional blindness is your brain deciding what is important. 

Why this is bad for drivers 

Unfortunately, driving is counterintuitive to this. When you drive, you must pay attention to everything at once. You must monitor your speed and oncoming traffic at the same time. While doing this, you also need to keep an eye out for danger on the road. Inattentional blindness takes away this ability. It makes you focus on one thing, while “blinded” to everything else. 

This can affect any driver, too. Some researchers believe newer drivers are at higher risk. This is because they do not have as much experience with multitasking. But it is a natural phenomenon that occurs in every human. Because of this, any driver can suffer from it at any time. This increases your risk of crashing and endangers other drivers as well.