Survey Suggests Autopilot Action Can Be Used to Protect Children

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20th June 2011 18:21 - Education

A survey carried out by the Child Accident Prevention Trust on more than 5,000 adults has discovered that most people spend a great deal of their lives on ‘autopilot’ - eight out of 10 admitted to carrying out many tasks without any conscious thought.

Actions such as arriving at work without remembering how they got there or drinking a cup of tea without remembering how they made it were prime examples.

The study suggests however that this ‘autopilot’ mode is actually the brain's way of avoiding information overload. It could also be used positively to build in safety routines as "second nature" that can help protect children, such as automatically moving hot drinks from the edge of tables.

Chief Executive of the Child Accident Prevention Trust, Katrina Phillips, commented: “We all revert to autopilot just to get through the day – there’s simply too much to remember... But busy parents can use this to their advantage to help keep children safe from serious accidents. The trick is to make safety part of your everyday routine and develop safety habits before your child puts you to the test."

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