Why Highway Hypnosis Can Cause Accidents

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Driving can be a mundane activity, but it is also one that requires constant attention and focus. Nonetheless, many of us have experienced a time or two where our minds wandered–perhaps to the point where we were not even consciously driving anymore. This phenomenon, known as “highway hypnosis,” is quite common, especially among truck drivers who spend extended periods on the road. But highway hypnosis can lead to serious consequences, especially if it involves a 60,000 lb trailer truck.  What is Highway Hypnosis? Highway hypnosis, also referred to as "white line fever" or "driving without awareness," is an altered mental state that...

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Risks of Eating and Drinking in the Car

getting a drive thru drink in the car

In today's fast-paced world, multitasking has become the norm for many individuals. We often find ourselves juggling multiple responsibilities simultaneously, even behind the wheel. One common practice that may seem harmless but can have grave consequences is eating and drinking in the car.  Despite the normalcy associated with this behavior (along with the mixed messages sent by over 200,000 drive-thru restaurants in the US), studies have shown that eating and drinking while driving has similar levels of impairment to texting. Furthermore, the NHTSA estimates that individuals eating while driving are nearly twice as likely to have an accident. Let’s take a...

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