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Boring Road Equals Risk-Taking Driver

A new study from Australia might explain why drivers exceed the posted speed limits while traveling to and from work. The study, as detailed in the Toronto Sun , found that drivers who are bored behind the wheel are more likely to speed. Researchers at Newcastle University asked drivers some questions about their driving habits and found 31 percent of respondents to be inattentive and dangerous. Additionally, 35 percent of those polled were classified as "enthusiastic" and "attentive." These motorists enjoy driving, but go faster when their stimulus levels decrease.

The study also found that 21 percent of respondents dislike driving and just plain move slowly, while 13 percent of respondents were  branded as "slow and safe."

Researchers concluded that devices designed to make driving easier have reinforced the idea  that driving is simply a menial chore. Rather than making driving a safer activity, gadgets have actually led to increased inattentiveness. This perception of safety, it seems, has increased the likelihood of taking a risk.

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