Aug 2013 | Turn On, Log In, Tune Out
25 August 2013
The words 'are we nearly there yet?' have sent chills down the spine of many parents undertaking a day trip or long car journey over the years, however new research shows that the question may soon be consigned to the history books.
A study by Halfords Autocentres into the things drivers most fear has found that boredom among passengers en route is of little concern - with 93% of motorists more afraid of factors including traffic congestion, poor weather and breaking down.
This is largely explained by the ubiquity of mobile technology. Well over half (54%) of drivers questioned said that their passengers now beat boredom and answer the question of how long a journey will last for themselves using a variety of connected devices.
Rory Carlin from Halfords Autocentres said: "Technology including smartphones, tablet computers and DVD players are not only beating boredom on the move but mean that both parents and children actively look forward to long car journeys far more than they used to.
"Parents benefit from an undisturbed journey whilst children have unchallenged access to their gadgets, whose use may usually be rationed to ensure homework, practicing an instrument or some other household chore is not forgotten.
More than three quarters (77%) of 18-24 year olds use devices such as these whilst on day trips, followed closely by gadget-loving 35-44 years olds ? 74% of which exploit technology to stave off boredom.
Older age groups use it the least, perhaps taking greater pleasure in conversation and remembering the adage that life is a journey not a destination - with 63% of 55-65 year olds and 81% of over 65s eschewing technology on the move.
Leading psychologist Dr Geoff Rolls, author of 'Women Can't Park, Men Can't Pack' advises: "Use technology by all means but use it wisely to enrich the journey by downloading new music, a book you've been dying to read or to learn more about your intended port of call.
"Above all, make sure that it is not causing a distraction to the driver that could divert their attention from the road and increase the likelihood of an accident.
To download a full copy of the research findings visit the Halfords Autocentres advice centre at www.halfordsautocentres.com