Highway Hypnosis could explain why you zone out while driving

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) When you get behind the wheel, you usually have an idea of where you want to get to, but doctor's say it's easy to forget a few things.

"It's something that pretty much everybody has experienced. There's times you go, 'Oh gosh did I stop at that stop sign?'" UT Medical Center Neurologist Dr. Sarah Parker said.

Dr. Parker says White Line Fever, or "Highway Hypnosis" is real and it can happen to anyone for any reason.

"It may be time to ask yourself, am I getting enough sleep? Am I driving when I'm drowsy and that's part of this?" Dr. Parker said.

How often do you get from point A to point B while you're zoned out and wonder how you got there in the first place? Not only is drowsiness a common factor, but Dr. Parker says so is stress. Even though this can happen to anyone, there are some people who are more prone to "Highway Hypnosis."

"It also tends to happen to people who are shift workers, or overly fatigued, or people who have sleep disorders," Dr. Parker said.

Not only is it dangerous to you, but also the cars around you. If you notice yourself zoning out while driving more, it may be time to see a specialist.

"It may be time to ask 'Is the sleep that I'm getting good quality sleep?' or 'Is there something like sleep apnea or narcolepsy that is actually affecting my ability to get a good sleep and causing me to have this?'" Dr. Parker said.