By now, most people are probably aware of the dangers of intoxicated and distracted driving. These two conditions are common factors in serious (and sometimes lethal) accidents that occur on the road. Fatigue, and an altered state known as highway hypnosis, also pose a danger to drivers, passengers, and pedestrians.
What is Highway Hypnosis?
This term is used to describe an altered mental state that occurs after a person has been driving for a long period of time. Also known as ‘white line fever,’ the initial effects typically include sleepiness, loss of concentration, and wandering thoughts. Many people who have experienced it describe traveling a measurable distance without being able to recollect the passage of time or miles. This state can be dangerous, as reaction times may be slowed and drivers may even lose consciousness while behind the wheel.
Most career truckers and professional motorists in other industries are very familiar with this sensation. Many have their own way to prevent and cope with the sensations of fatigue and highway hypnosis before either becomes a problem. Unfortunately, highway hypnosis and fatigue remain common explanations for roadside accidents.
Preventing Highway Hypnosis
It’s better to take steps to prevent highway hypnosis than it is to manage symptoms after they occur. If you are undertaking a long drive, keeping the window rolled down, turning cruise control off, singing or talking to yourself, and playing lively music in the car can help keep you alert. Taking a new route, eating a light meal, and getting an adequate amount of sleep can also set you up for a safe and successful journey.
The Driver’s Responsibility
It is the driver’s responsibility to make sure they are in good shape to drive before they get on the road. Even once on the road, it’s important to check in with yourself while driving and fend off fatigue. If you are tired, unwell, or overworked, the right thing to do may be to reschedule your trip and get some rest. When it comes to the trucking industry, there is no load worth more than the health and safety of yourself and those around you.
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