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How does “highway hypnosis” affect drivers in West Palm Beach?

A: Highway hypnosis-also known as white line fever or driving without paying attention is a condition where a driver will have gotten into his car and driven from A to B without any recollection of making the journey.

As its name suggests, it is a common occurrence on Florida expressways and other areas where people can drive for long periods of time without stopping, turning or having any breaks from driving continuously.

The reason drivers are able to “drown out” car journeys has to do with the brain’s ability to multitask.

When the driver is preoccupied by his thoughts, his brain directs his body to complete the tasks of driving without the driver really paying any attention.

Most of the journey is completed through muscle memory-the feeling of putting the car in gear and moving your right foot back and forth-and subconscious triggers rather than a fully conscious state.

This inattention to the road can have serious consequences in West Palm Beach car accidents. Distracted drivers often suffer slower braking, diminished stopping distances and less ability to make quick decisions on the road.

If you or someone you love was injured in a Florida auto accident, contact the trusted West Palm Beach car accident attorneys at Fetterman & Associates today at 561-845-2510.

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