What is highway hypnosis

Relaxation of the mind that occurs when driving for long distances at highway speeds. Your mind plays tricks on your body and makes you believe that you are almost stationary. Your surroundings appear to slow down and you experience a decrease in concentration. This hypnotic state leaves you vulnerable to any potentially dangerous changes in your environment (e.g., animal runs across road or vehicle swerves in your direction).
Highway hypnosis most often occurs:
When drivers are fatigued or under extreme stress
When driving long distances during normal sleep times (e.g., early morning hours)

It is what people typically call “staring into space” while you are driving. You begin driving without thinking of what you are doing, and don’t see what those around you are doing.

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