Staying in ‘the zone’
A study of 250 SPAD incident reports in 2016/17 revealed that the most common errors occurred due to drivers being distracted or not paying attention to their tasks. Loss of attention and distractions can occur for several reasons, including boredom, low workload (underload), fatigue and loss of motivation.
Personal issues that go on inside our heads, such as bereavements or money issues, are internal sources of distraction which can affect us at any time. External distractions originate from outside our heads, such as noticing animals in a field or in-cab tasks like adjusting air cooling and heating systems.