Highway Hypnosis: A Common Type Of Distracted Driving In Maryland
Highway hypnosis is a common type of distracted driving. It can impact motorists on long trips as well as on regularly traveled routes. The monotony of being on the road can cause you to zone out, driving long stretches without actually being aware of doing so.
Highway Hypnosis A Common Problem Among Motorists
The Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) reports that distracted driving continues to be a major problem on roads throughout the state and is responsible for over 60,000 car accidents in Maryland each year. While most drivers are aware of how texting, talking on cell phones, or engaging in other behaviors while driving increases the risks, many are unfamiliar with the hazards posed by highway hypnosis.
When driving for long stretches, it is easy to lose focus, let your mind wander, and think about other things. While this may seem relatively harmless, it can pose major risks. Highway hypnosis can happen as a result, causing you to miss signs of an impending crash and take too long to respond to unexpected changes in weather, road, or traffic conditions. It not only impacts motorists on long trips but also those who frequently find themselves on mental autopilot when traveling their usual routes for work or when running errands. Signs that highway hypnosis is happening include:
- Having trouble maintaining your focus;
- Drifting out of your lane;
- Passing long distances without realizing it;
- Inadvertently passing exits;
- Suddenly realizing you have reached your destination, without being aware of driving there.
How To Reduce Highway Hypnosis Risks
Anything that diverts your attention from the road and the complex task of driving for even a few seconds can increase the likelihood of being involved in a car accident in Maryland. Highway hypnosis endangers motorists, as well as pedestrians and bicyclists who may be traveling along your route. According to Healthline, ways to reduce the risk include:
- Get enough sleep: Being drowsy can make highway hypnosis more likely to happen;
- Switch up your route: Find alternate routes to your job and other destinations you travel to frequently;
- Get fresh air: Keeping the windows open can help you stay more focused;
- Stay engaged: Sit in an upright position, keep both hands on the wheel, and avoid any type of behavior that distracts your attention from the road.
Injured In A Crash? Contact Our Maryland Car Accident Attorneys
Highway hypnosis increases the risk of car accidents in Maryland, which can result in potentially serious personal injuries. If you are involved in a crash with another driver and suspect highway hypnosis may be to blame, reach out to Berman | Sobin | Gross LLP. We take the legal actions needed to get you compensation. To request a consultation with our Maryland car accident attorneys, give us a call or contact our office online today.