Accidents Caused By Highway Hypnosis – More Inside
It is estimated that trucks cause over 300,000 accidents in our country on a yearly basis. This may seem like a shocking number until you realize the lengths at which trucking companies go to make sure products get to where they are supposed to go. Driver fatigue due to being forced to work 18 hour days, having no rest breaks and not servicing trucks regularly can all contribute to impaired cognition which can make it more likely for a truck driver to lose control of his vehicle, causing an accident involving an average-sized sedan. That being said, there’s perhaps nothing that’s more dangerous than a phenomenon called highway hypnosis, which we’ll take an in-depth look at in this post.
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What Causes Highway Hypnosis?
When the brain carries out monotonous tasks, it’s not uncommon for it to be lulled into a hypnotic state where a part of the brain gets switched off as it’s not in use on account of force of habit. Highway hypnosis therefore refers to the trance-like state that most truck drivers enter while driving on a highway with a monotonous, familiar landscape. Hypnosis disengages your critical faculties, and your conscious awareness, and can literally make you fall asleep with your eyes still wide open. This is because the visual cortex is disabled during hypnosis, which means you see nothing but may continue on with tasks that do not require vigilant attention.
Why Is Highway Hypnosis Dangerous?
The problem with highway hypnosis is – well, for starters, you’re sharing the road with other motorists, so you’re more likely to not notice the truck going off course and into another lane, and even a different lane and onto oncoming traffic. In addition, even if you’re jarred back into reality by commotion and the screeching of tires on pavement, you won’t be able to react in a timely manner, thereby averting an accident.
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