When you were pulled over for speeding on the freeway, and the
officer asked you if you knew how fast you were going, could you
give the answer? If not, maybe you were experiencing one of two
common problems that affect drivers: velocitation, and highway
is the tendency to go too fast, unconscious of
your speeding because you've become accustomed to the feel of
moving at an accelerated pace. You may have experienced this
as you've gone from driving on the freeway to driving on
surface streets: at 65 mph, you didn't feel that your car was
going fast; but, when you had to slow down to 40 mph, you felt
you were at a crawling pace.
|Stay awake at the wheel!
Be aware that your mind can become desensitized after doing the same
thing for a long time. Take a break from the freeway on long trips;
drive along the service road once in awhile to readjust your sense
of motion and speed.
In highway hypnosis, your mind becomes oblivious to your
surroundings, and you find yourself driving without being aware of
it. Drowsiness, boredom, or pressing problems can all cause this
kind of sleeping while awake. If you've ever arrived at your
destination, and don't remember the drive over, you have experienced
a form of highway hypnosis. The best way to avoid going on
"auto-pilot" is to be fresh and awake before you get in your car.
If you start to feel yourself checking out, roll down the windows,
turn on the radio, talk to yourself or pull off for coffee. Avoid
watching the lane lines. If this doesn't help, pull off and get
some rest, or call someone to come get you. Falling asleep at the
wheel is a high price to pay for not getting enough sleep.