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Driving along 
23rd-Jun-2009 10:16 am
Have you driven along on the highway, and suddenly realize that you don't remember the last 15 minutes? But fortunately, some part of you must have been aware or you would be in a ditch somewhere, or worse, and not still driving. Then you get very nervous because...what if something had happened and needed you to react quickly but not all of you was there? So you drive the rest of the way being hypersensitive about noticing everything?
Avon barely amused
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23rd-Jun-2009 02:41 pm (UTC)
Yes, that's happened to me - and makes me panic for a second!
23rd-Jun-2009 02:58 pm (UTC)
It is sort of scary for a few moments.
23rd-Jun-2009 03:13 pm (UTC)
Yes, I've done it.

I read an article years ago, probably in New Scientist, suggesting it meant you were likely to be a safe driver. The mechanics of driving have become part of your muscle memory and automatic brain systems, leaving plenty of spare processing power available to deal with emergencies.

The problems arise if you tie up the spare power by holding mobile phone conversations and fiddle with the radio and heater controls.

New drivers have to pay so much attention to basics like judging the correct speed for a bend and road position that they don't have anything over when an emergency shows up.
23rd-Jun-2009 03:15 pm (UTC)
Now that makes me feel better. I hope it's true.
23rd-Jun-2009 09:58 pm (UTC)
I think it is. I've sometimes found myself driving to a frequent destination in the city instead of the one I wanted to go to because I wasn't paying attention, but I did handle all the lights and give-ways just fine. It was just sort of automatic, like walking without thinking consciously of it, yet I'll see a object in time not to stumble over it.
23rd-Jun-2009 10:28 pm (UTC)
I've done that too. If I go out and don't pay attention, I find myself driving to work =P
24th-Jun-2009 01:15 am (UTC)
It's a case of body in first gear and mind in neutral.
A perfect Zen moment. (No not the computer!)

Don't worry if something had happened you would have remembered it and would not now be worrying about not paying attention.
26th-Jun-2009 04:19 pm (UTC)
I've read it can be caused by tiredness or stress. Working long hours or late shifts can be a contributing factor. Our local news has done stories on it a few times.
It's happened to a lot of people I've known, myself included.
Tips I've heard to avoid that happening are: Try to get enough sleep at night, don't drink caffeine in the evening as you don't sleep properly and so on.
I've found it does help.

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