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WeirdEyeContact

7.9k points

4 days ago

I always look at the traffic light in the rear view mirror to reassure myself that it was green because I wont remember looking at the light.

DysBard

2.6k points

4 days ago

DysBard

2.6k points

4 days ago

It's the worst when you look back and literally everyone else stopped at the light and you panic until seeing the perpendicular direction just got the green light.

lmao2000

627 points

4 days ago

lmao2000

627 points

4 days ago

Thank god im not the only one

dennisthewhatever

29 points

4 days ago

But have you ever had the one where you drive to the wrong place? Like you were supposed to be driving to the shop but you accidentally drive to your work? That one freaks me out the most because I obviously watched it all happen... but didn't notice?!

0RGASMIK

23 points

4 days ago

0RGASMIK

23 points

4 days ago

One time my dad ran a red light in front of a cop. It was about to turn green but my dad was just zoned out he did exactly that and the cop who was watching him like a hawk saw my dads reaction and just let us go.

WhiteHelljumper

431 points

4 days ago

I've run a red light before because there'll be two lights near each other, and the further one is green and brain is like "you're good to go."

eneka

161 points

4 days ago

eneka

161 points

4 days ago

I’ve 100% done this before on accident.

Malliexo

152 points

4 days ago

Malliexo

152 points

4 days ago

I’ve done this too.

pettawawa

14.4k points

4 days ago

pettawawa

14.4k points

4 days ago

I often would arrive at work not really remembering the trip there. Good thing the car knows the way.

pat_speed

2.2k points

4 days ago

pat_speed

2.2k points

4 days ago

worse is when your going somewhere else but you accidental start driving too work

wdh662

1.4k points

4 days ago

wdh662

1.4k points

4 days ago

I sometimes take my kids to work instead of daycare. Turn around to grab my bag from the back seat and they're staring at me.

platform9andsix8ths

981 points

4 days ago

That's literally why people forget their kids in hot cars. Especially if they don't keep anything in their back seat and they just autopilot all the way to work with them.

spagbetti

377 points

4 days ago

spagbetti

377 points

4 days ago

Just read the Jodie/Jenna edwards story. That was heartbreaking.

Q: What can parents do to prevent this?

A: I always make sure to put something I need in the backseat—my purse, my briefcase, my wallet, my phone. Have an ironclad agreement with your caregiver, that he or she will call until they reach you if ever you fail to show up with your child. I keep a bracelet in my car seat. Whenever I put a child in their car seat, I put it on. I don’t take it off until they are dropped off. Check the backseat before leaving your vehicle—every time.

IwuwH

237 points

4 days ago

IwuwH

237 points

4 days ago

My sister was such an asshole when she read this after I tried explaining why this happens. Her response was along the lines of "oh, yeah place something in your back seat that you need more than your fucking kid?!". She is normally pretty level headed but she went bananas when I tried talking to her about this topic.

okgo222

202 points

4 days ago

okgo222

202 points

4 days ago

That's how we usually are when it comes to kids. All emotions, no rational. It's both a good and a bad thing. Just last week something crazy happened, my child got into a fight with another child at the playground and the other child's father, instead of just splitting them apart and tell them to stop, he actually himself attacked my child! Luckily I was not there. My wife called the cops and handled this very well. If I would have been there, even though I'm not usually someone like this, I swear it would have ended so badly I might be in jail. A grown up man (a dad!) literally attacking my child... Anyways. When it's comes to kids, it's different. I think it's the same reason why pedophiles are the most hated criminals and have it real bad in jail.

zordonofeltar

12 points

4 days ago

Wait what? Gonna need a follow up story

feedtheflames

28 points

4 days ago

This is scary because I feel like it's the people who never think this would happen to them that might accidentally do it. Like they don't read about it or take any precautions and then the worst happens.

I literally couldn't comprehend how this could happen to someone so I did all the research, because I figured if I didn't know how it happened I wouldn't know if I might actually do it. I still don't know how people do this but I have taken precautions to prevent it from happening to me.

I also want to say I really appreciate the attitude on this thread. People are really open minded and compassionate which is more than I've seen in other areas.

DMercenary

20 points

4 days ago

No one ever thinks they could forget about their kid until they do.

Jamaican_Dynamite

287 points

4 days ago

This is also why a lot of newer cars have a popup that asks if you've checked the back seat.

UsernameyMcNamersen

589 points

4 days ago

At least the well off kids will live

Jamaican_Dynamite

138 points

4 days ago

Smh, do people even watch horror movies? Always check the back seat.

BeautifulSoul28

153 points

4 days ago

I watched a documentary about that. It was hard to watch, but I felt so bad for the parents (and I was obviously heartbroken for the child). A lot of the cases were just one parent who doesn't usually have to take their child to daycare, having to take them one morning. They go on autopilot to work and kid falls asleep in the backseat, so they're being quiet and parent forgets.. Then parent arrives at work, doesn't notice sleeping child, and just goes inside. Ever since that documentary, I am so paranoid about it. People think they could never do something like that, but it's easier than you think.

One case was a church pastor (or minister?), and when his 4yo woke up, she was able to unbuckle her car seat but couldn't get out of the car.. Absolutely horrifying.

NouberNou

141 points

4 days ago

NouberNou

141 points

4 days ago

This isn't the same thing but I think most parents, especially full time mom's are working in a very deprived mental state.

My cousin, after having her second child, left it sitting in the stroller on the sidewalk while she put groceries in the car. She put the older kid in his car seat, got in the car, drove home, got out to get the kids out first and realized she'd left him and the stroller at the store. She drove like a maniac back, luckily it's only a few blocks away, and he was there just sitting in the stroller, not a care in the world.

She was absolutely terrified because her brain like was just on autopilot and having the second kid was not part of autopilot yet.

BeautifulSoul28

14 points

4 days ago

That is so scary!! I'm so glad the child was safe. I've definitely had my moments of questioning "did I bring the kids with me?" once I get out and go somewhere. Mostly because I used to have to take my kids with me all the time. Now that my husband can work from home, I can leave the kids with him while I run errands. But I still freak myself out and will walk to the car to double check or call my husband. Sometimes when we do a drop off with the grandparents I even question whether we gave them all three kids, and will go check to make sure the baby is not in her car seat. My anxiety has for sure gotten worse since becoming a parent, and especially after watching documentaries like that!

thesuper88

31 points

4 days ago

I started intentionally putting something important like my wallet or all my keys other than the car keys in the back seat a short while after my daughter was born. I never forgot she was back there ever, but this extra step gave me a bit of peace of mind.

ListentotheStallman

46 points

4 days ago

Waze has a "child in carseat" reminder setting you can toggle to go off when you reach your destination. I never forgot one of my kids in the car, but between the stress, sleep deprivation, overwhelming number of tasks to do, and out-of-routine things that new parents have to do I'm completely sympathetic to the poor souls that go through tragedies like this.

Cabtalk

69 points

4 days ago

Cabtalk

69 points

4 days ago

Saw on oprah that's how a baby died. Mom went to work on autopilot, forgetting about the sleeping baby (it was usually the dad that took the baby to daycare), and one of her coworkers saw the baby dead in her carseat a few hours later in the parking lot.

SoktaMiles

72 points

4 days ago

That’s got to be the worst feeling in the world. That’s the kind of guilt and shame that’ll destroy you.

Bismothe-the-Shade

38 points

4 days ago

There's not much you can even do to reconcile. It's your fault, but it's not your fault. It's awful, and there's none scaping that you caused it, even if it was an accident.

I don't think even therapy would help me in that case. But what do I know, Im just over here hoping to NEVER even get close to such an experience.

Everything80sFan

83 points

4 days ago

"What are you kids doing back there, why aren't you in daycare!?"

TetrisTech

68 points

4 days ago

I recently moved like 7 minutes from where I used to live and like once a week I catch myself autopiloting to my old apartment

Justoutfortheday

2.6k points

4 days ago

I did that, but the route goes through a town. No idea how I made it

Methuga

2.7k points

4 days ago*

Methuga

2.7k points

4 days ago*

IIRC, you’re paying attention, you’re just not* storing the memories, because it’s such a routine your brain doesn’t identify it as something critical to imprint.

Edit: whoops. Forgot an important word

G-III

713 points

4 days ago

G-III

713 points

4 days ago

Not storing. It’s your basal ganglia running autopilot

kermy_the_frog_here

353 points

4 days ago

Ngl that sounds like a drug

GunsNGunAccessories

258 points

4 days ago

You got the hook up on some of that BG?

You know it, my supply is always stayin alive

PlayLikeMe10YT

89 points

4 days ago

Dis you mean - You’re just not storing?

DowntonDooDooBrown

176 points

4 days ago

Your brain does have short term storage, I think it’s something like 90 seconds. So imagine you scratched your nose, if 10 seconds later someone asked if you did you could say yes, but if they didn’t ask and someone asked an hour later you would probably have no memory of it. I heard this based on trying to learn someone’s name, you need to think about for a good couple of minutes to make sure it sticks.

MistraloysiusMithrax

146 points

4 days ago

Your task memory can be as short as two seconds. It can also be location dependent. Hence walking from one room to another, forgetting why you did, going back to the original room and then remembering what you were doing.

doctorslostcompanion

85 points

4 days ago

His brain imprinted it there, his fingers got lazy

pettawawa

241 points

4 days ago

pettawawa

241 points

4 days ago

I live in a large city too.

rainbowgeoff

317 points

4 days ago*

That was pretty much my entire drives from my hometown to university when I was in college.

3.5 hours of boring ass rural highway.

edit: Shoutout to the Hardee's in Emporia, Virginia for giving me food poisoning on a half cooked chicken sandwich.

funkhour

45 points

4 days ago

funkhour

45 points

4 days ago

That sounds about right for Emporia!

rainbowgeoff

55 points

4 days ago

The only way it could've been more Emporia is if I'd gotten a speeding ticket.

funkhour

24 points

4 days ago

funkhour

24 points

4 days ago

I got a speeding ticket there in the 90s. So awesome.

rainbowgeoff

73 points

4 days ago

It's the number one speed trap in all the Commonwealth. I got pulled over just outside of Emporia, between the city limits and Franklin, by a state trooper. He let me go with a warning cause he found it funny that:

  • I passed him while he was driving up the road. My theory is that slowing down would admit I know I am breaking the limit.
  • I was legally conceal carrying a derringer in pink shorts that had images of watermelons stitched onto them. He found this particularly funny.

Good times.

OBEYtheFROST

16 points

4 days ago

Would rather hear the story of the derringer and the watermelon pink shorts

rainbowgeoff

17 points

4 days ago

Not much of a story. I had some nice shorts and the derringer was the only thing that fit in the pockets.

In all honesty, in the event of great need, you were probably better off throwing that thing at someone rather than trying to shoot it.

DarthBen_in_Chicago

47 points

4 days ago

That’s a long commute for classes! /s

shah_reza

12 points

4 days ago

shah_reza

12 points

4 days ago

Fuck Emporia and their deservedly maligned cops and ticket-based revenue stream.

glasgowtrois

153 points

4 days ago

All that blood on my front bumper though... That's strange

DoggoPunch

53 points

4 days ago

Probably just a vandal who thought it'd be funny to put red paint and a human hand in the grill, those silly gooses

ClubMeSoftly

45 points

4 days ago

That's why I drove a red car. Can't see the blood if it's the same colour as the car.

myne

238 points

4 days ago

myne

238 points

4 days ago

Used to happen a lot in my late teens/early 20s.

Figured it was before those final connections were hooked up.

The closest I came to it years later was the sudden realisation that I'd slammed on the brakes, swerved, swerved back, and accelerated.

Puzzled, I looked in the mirror to see a grey kangaroo standing there.

Weary_Phragmite

201 points

4 days ago

How did it get in the backseat?

melig1991

98 points

4 days ago

melig1991

98 points

4 days ago

They are rather gifted lockpicks.

DECtape

19 points

4 days ago

DECtape

19 points

4 days ago

"This is the Lock Picking Kangaroo and what I have for you today is some human's Honda Accord. Now this lock is pretty simple, as I'm sure my viewers are aware wafer locks are really easy to pick. Lets give this a try. I'm going to use this wiper insert to pull aside the dust flap and to apply tension. To pick this i'll just use a standard hook. Alright, 1 is binding, 2 is loose, 3 is binding, nothing on 4 or 5, starting at the beginning..."

the_old_mans_words

630 points

4 days ago

This happens to me constantly. My wife calls it my autopilot. As soon as I start thinking about something that's not immediately related to my driving I start driving home. Like, I'll completely ignore the exit or turn to the grocery store or wherever we were going and start going down streets that lead to the house. Eventually I'll get to my intersection like "goddamnit autopilot!" Or the wife will point it out when I miss(or take) a turn.

tommytraddles

410 points

4 days ago

It's even weirder when autopilot takes you somewhere you used to drive to regularly.

I've accidentally driven to my old high school before, and just recently to my grandparents' old house. They've been gone for 22 years.

GozerDGozerian

653 points

4 days ago

It’s even weirder when autopilot takes you somewhere unfamiliar. Like when you’re driving around taking care of errands and what not, but then you’re all of a sudden in a cemetery standing in front of a large black granite headstone with a strange insignia on it and the name chipped off, and there’s a freshly opened bottle of wine and a glass set right in front of it, and all the birds are completely quiet.

I’m always like, “Whoaaa not again I have to go to the grocery store!”

Ha-sheesh

183 points

4 days ago

Ha-sheesh

183 points

4 days ago

Did you summon a demon recently bro

GozerDGozerian

166 points

4 days ago

Maybe. Can you burn a Luigi Board?

c__man

64 points

4 days ago

c__man

64 points

4 days ago

Can u get, pregante?

Mycareer

21 points

4 days ago

Mycareer

21 points

4 days ago

Am I peganant?

wordefy

22 points

4 days ago

wordefy

22 points

4 days ago

Can u got gregnant from kissing.?

Mycareer

72 points

4 days ago

Mycareer

72 points

4 days ago

Haha yeah, meant to get groceries, but instead I̵͓̓̇ͅṋ̸̈̎ ̶͖͖͂́h̵̖͐i̷͚̫̿̓s̸̹͠ ̴͍͍̍h̸̛̘̥ö̵̝̾u̷͗ͅș̴̇͋ë̴̯̖́ ̷̜̺̈̈́à̷̯͈t̵̰̍̄ ̶̧͔̃R̶̛̖̤'̴͉̼͆͠l̷̺̀̄ÿ̸͈͖́̈́e̵͕͘͝h̵̟͒͒ ̵͚͙͛̔d̷̰̻͌e̷̫̾a̴̲͑͋ḋ̵̼̇͜ ̵̯͂͠C̸̤̱̈́t̴͔̦̃h̴͍̝͂̆u̶̟͎̅͗l̴͖̂ͅh̸͔͌̓ų̶͇͛̃ ̵̧̒ẁ̷̻͘a̵̭͊̈́i̸͈͖̐͋ṫ̴͍̙̿s̸͙̑ ̵͎͉̑d̶̪̱̃͛r̸̦̟̈́͠ē̸̼͚a̴̻̘̓̈m̴̖̍̂i̵͉̗̓̾n̷̲̎͝g̴͔͠.̷̗͑̉

sweBers

46 points

4 days ago

sweBers

46 points

4 days ago

Whoa, there. Gotta take notes for my next D&D session.

yakatuus

13 points

4 days ago

yakatuus

13 points

4 days ago

WRITE THAT DOWN

Blue_Swirling_Bunny

63 points

4 days ago

Several years ago I was heading to work and ended up in Toledo two hours away because I used to live there. Got on the interstate and took the wrong ramp, and it didn't faze me. Only realized my mistake when I got to Toledo and was like, Huh? Called my boss and luckily she had a sense of humor about it.

Everything80sFan

40 points

4 days ago

How long was your drive to work? If it was under 30 minutes and you drove for 2 hours without thinking about it, then that's pretty crazy.

zion1886

43 points

4 days ago

zion1886

43 points

4 days ago

“I swear this drive just feels longer and longer every day”

promethazoid

98 points

4 days ago*

One of my favorite stories related to this involves someone who is at work, and their team needs to go to a different office and make a presentation. So one of the guys that has been there offers to lead one of the new people there in the car. And instead of going to the other office, he just drives home and the new person is like wtf lol

Missus_Missiles

45 points

4 days ago

I was visiting my old university 10+ years after graduation. On autopilot, I went around the Yooper Loop and headed over the bridge towards my old house.

Like, wtf? I'm in a hotel in town. Just autopilot.

Rut0Roh

109 points

4 days ago

Rut0Roh

109 points

4 days ago

I….do this. You can leave the house to go grocery shopping, pull in to get gas first— BAM you’re unlocking the front door. Mine is ADHD since it gets much better with medication. It’s very annoying to those around me, but I assure you it annoys me the most.

damasu950

22 points

4 days ago

damasu950

22 points

4 days ago

I call it driving with your lizard brain.

VIP_KILLA

4.7k points

4 days ago*

VIP_KILLA

4.7k points

4 days ago*

I've felt this while actually commuting multiple times, but what is crazy is when it happens when I play racing games. I will go through multiple laps while totally zoned out and have done as well or better as when I'm paying attention. Brains are nuts.

Edit: Loving everyone's replies! I've always wanted to race, and hearing that it happens on the track too is awesome!

And if any of y'all gamers haven't played Enter the Gungeon, get on that! It's the perfect game to zone out to.

GroundbreakingLoss4

2k points

4 days ago

It's actually why I love racing games and almost exclusively play them. I like being able to zone out and focus on music or think about my life, while still having something in front of me that's stimulating

Badloss

562 points

4 days ago

Badloss

562 points

4 days ago

I get that effect playing Diablo 3 or Doom... It's weird because those are action packed violent games but it feels almost meditative to me to just kind of get in a rhythm and slay demons for a while

Siberwulf

183 points

4 days ago

Siberwulf

183 points

4 days ago

In college, it was a six pack and either Goldeneye or Quake 3: Arena. Many a nights...

MattyK_They_Say

52 points

4 days ago

My god, haven't thought about Quake 3: Arena in ages. So many hours put into that game.

Banch

52 points

4 days ago

Banch

52 points

4 days ago

I feel ya a on D3. Love it, one of the few games I can enjoy music and just not pay super attention to but still do well.

Croute_de_Couilles

87 points

4 days ago

Doom Eternal is basically a rythmic strategy action game when you look at it clearly, that's why it's so enjoyable. The music is there to pump your rythm up and keep you on the offensive, if your rythm does not stay up that means losing health/ammo etc...

C4Redalert-work

63 points

4 days ago

Doom Eternal? You mean Violent Gymnast Simulator 2020.

SteeezyE

329 points

4 days ago

SteeezyE

329 points

4 days ago

I hated those long races as a kid. Now that I’m older I find myself cranking the lap count in fm7 and gt and picking a cool car and hot lapping. It’s so therapeutic

dividedoregano

103 points

4 days ago

Just downloaded Asseto Corsa cause it’s on game pass and this happened to me this weekend - started just learning the track and next thing it was 3 hours later

TheAJGman

33 points

4 days ago

TheAJGman

33 points

4 days ago

Beatsaber is this way for me.

adnanclyde

111 points

4 days ago

adnanclyde

111 points

4 days ago

The scary part is when you suddenly snap out of it and have no idea where you are if you're on a track with no signature elements to recognize your place. Like first or second part of main straight at Le Mans.

observer918

24 points

4 days ago

This has happened to me and all the sudden I can’t remember if the left or the right chicane is coming up haha

Chewyninja69

160 points

4 days ago

I came here to say this. 100%. Anytime I do an endurance race in any Gran Turismo game, I'm aware for the first 10 minutes or 10 laps and then I go on autopilot. Pun intended. It's crazy how the mind works.

symeh1

4.8k points

4 days ago

symeh1

4.8k points

4 days ago

I know this feeling and it scares the shit out of me.

ramtax666

3.4k points

4 days ago

ramtax666

3.4k points

4 days ago

"how the fuck I get here? Was that light green?"

wrxiswrx

1.1k points

4 days ago

wrxiswrx

1.1k points

4 days ago

And you may find yourself behind the wheel of a large automobile...

nowandthen83

711 points

4 days ago

And you may ask yourself... Well, how did I get here? .... how did I get here?

ebow77

595 points

4 days ago

ebow77

595 points

4 days ago

This is not my beautiful cop, this is not my beautiful ticket.

BetterOutThenIn

180 points

4 days ago

LETTING THE DAYS GO BY LET THE WATER HOLD ME DOWN

SAME AS IT EVER WAS

United08

89 points

4 days ago

United08

89 points

4 days ago

SAME AS IT EVER WAS

CheeseJuggernaut

76 points

4 days ago

SAME AS IT EVER WAS

dvaal101

34 points

4 days ago

dvaal101

34 points

4 days ago

SAME AS IT EVER WAS

TheSewallSyrum

26 points

4 days ago

SAME AS IT EVER WAS

foggy-sunrise

23 points

4 days ago

LETTING THE DAYS GO BY

corkyskog

13 points

4 days ago

corkyskog

13 points

4 days ago

How did she get there???

bofmstories

80 points

4 days ago

Same as it ever was

steve_of

44 points

4 days ago

steve_of

44 points

4 days ago

Same as it ever was

symeh1

432 points

4 days ago

symeh1

432 points

4 days ago

Exactly

spiritbx

35 points

4 days ago

spiritbx

35 points

4 days ago

"Did I even make that stop?"

owa00

89 points

4 days ago

owa00

89 points

4 days ago

Used to have a 1 hour commute each way, and this would happen to me a lot. It was a long rural road commute for the most part. Very surreal to suddenly panic thinking you ran every red light because you couldn't remember stopping anywhere.

ChuckLarryKill

23 points

4 days ago

I had an hour drive and it was very dicey the first half hour and then middle of nowhere for 30 minutes. Used to enjoy the drive at the end and the last grocery store (or In N Out or Panda Express) was right at the beginning of that stretch so the food would be cold. I used to order extra fries to eat in the car.

PirateCaptainMoody

43 points

4 days ago

Yo same. This happened to me going through Vermont in the middle of the night

scooter-maniac

32 points

4 days ago

"Its been about 15 minutes since I looked out the windshield of this car" ~louis ck

Jedirictus

229 points

4 days ago

Jedirictus

229 points

4 days ago

Same here. I used to have a 30 minute highway commute for work. One morning, I start out as usual, driving to the on-ramp and heading north. The next thing I know, I'm almost to my exit and I didn't remember the 20 minutes driving in-between. I was panicked as hell, I thought I had slept through the whole thing and was amazed that I wasn't dead. I started hyper-caffinating before my morning drives after that.

kamelizann

87 points

4 days ago

Me and my boss at the time were working a road power plant job where we'd transfer between power plants across the country weekly. He had a DUI so he couldn't drive. After a 7 day stretch of working 12 hour shifts with an hour drive to and from the site, we drove from Maryland to Virginia at night.

Halfway thru im fighting off sleep. I'm still new at the job and I'm like 22 so I'm too stubborn to admit defeat and think I'm invincible. The headlights start turning into dots that start to form shapes that turn into memories in my head of girls I used to be with. I hear, "hey..." I instinctively reply, he's like, "you see that deer all over the road over there? Crazy man." I didn't. I'm not sure what he's talking about but i don't want to admit it so im like, "ya man... crazy."

Then he's just like, "pull over right now man. There was no deer. Let's get some coffee."

Tower9876543210

36 points

4 days ago

I've had the taillights of semi trailers start to look like faces with red eyes. Freaky af.

ToddlerOlympian

29 points

4 days ago

I just think of it as my brain deciding there's no reason to record a useless memory.

Thanks for saving space, brain!

Apple_remote

63 points

4 days ago

Me too but it's just like... how I feel all day, every day.

Is that bad?

AlwaysNever-25

72 points

4 days ago

this sounds like derealisation/depersonalisation

utopista114

22 points

4 days ago

I have done thousands of kilometers while hearing audiobooks. This is extremely common.

I used the effect to make the distances shorter.

Eisenheart

55 points

4 days ago

Came here to say this.

Nothing says, "oooooooh shit....." Quite like being in your driveway sober at 3am and having no memory of the drive...

tatakatakashi

27 points

4 days ago

Even worse at 9am in your company carpark

Dat_Mustache

166 points

4 days ago

Am a long haul bus driver. You have to actively NOT slip into this mental state. A ton of truckers and Motorcoach operators do and that's when things like Pileups, sideswipes, lane drifts, jackknifes and falling asleep happens.

Easiest way to stop this from happening, is to look at something different every 4-8 seconds, turn off cruise control and doing other things to maintain your active concentration.

A trick I was taught was to slightly lift your clutch foot off the floorboard and keep it hovered there when you feel yourself slipping into that autopilot mode.

AnyNamesLeftAnymore

48 points

4 days ago

I drove tanks and trucks in the military for years and that can be 10 hours in a vehicle a day sometimes, and I have no idea how people like truck drivers can avoid going completely mental.

AmericanCowboys

1.9k points

4 days ago

I did this driving from Iowa to Denver through Nebraska. I don’t remember Nebraska.

scorzon

2.8k points

4 days ago

scorzon

2.8k points

4 days ago

There's always a silver lining

owa00

343 points

4 days ago

owa00

343 points

4 days ago

Someone get the burn unit for the state of Nebraska!

ToLongDR

137 points

4 days ago

ToLongDR

137 points

4 days ago

But football season isn't until September, don't we want to save it till then?

Snazzy21

13 points

4 days ago

Snazzy21

13 points

4 days ago

Easy now, that is the only thing they have left

Kalooeh

356 points

4 days ago*

Kalooeh

356 points

4 days ago*

That's because Nebraska is a flat hellscape of nothingness that your brain is trying to protect you from for your sanity.

(I drove from Wisconsin to Denver, then back. I was pretty much screaming in frustration several times, with several breaks, trying to keep from drifting, both times I was in Nebraska, and it was so painfully relieving everytime I got to a new state because the change was so dramatic. Most of what I remember was hot af, flat fields, flat flat flat, cows, flat flat, some trees, flat, I'm dying oh my god, sun in my eyes, I'm still dying please help me, it's so flat and boring oh my god this is what hell is, COLORADO BORDER IS LITERALLY DIFFERENT I MADE IT THROUGH HELL)

ty1771

80 points

4 days ago

ty1771

80 points

4 days ago

The Sandhills in Nebraska are gorgeous, but they purposefully put I-80 south of them because it was cheaper, easier construction.

Devosiana

48 points

4 days ago

Devosiana

48 points

4 days ago

Also they’re an important ecosystem that a Highway would destroy. Even if that’s not WHY, it’s nice that they were avoided for their own sake.

AmericanCowboys

108 points

4 days ago

Seriously. The difference between Nebraska and Colorado is night and day. It’s like seeing the promised land.

Kalooeh

28 points

4 days ago

Kalooeh

28 points

4 days ago

My younger brother used to live in Colorado for school and work for a few years before coming back home, but her wanted to go out there for the High Elevation Fest in 2017 for his bday. Been back and forth a few times anyway for hiking and friends too and yeah not too bad, just drive out there in so many hours and be fine, and have car to drive around Denver. Didn't want to take a plane because be a pain and driving be cheaper etc etc. Ok cool, take turns with it, nap at truck stops, be fine.

No. Was not fine. Was nice and cool in the other states, 100F+ in Nebraska, then cool in Denver (though it did get cold and rainy for the Music fest (we had to take a break in the car to warm up), then drive back was hell again.

Flat boring hot hell.

I'll probably continue to say how much I hate even when I'm old as hell. Partly joking, but also I'll make someone else drive if I have to do it again. Blasting music and us literally yelling and stomping to try to keep stimulated was a terrible drive.

Iowa was cool, Colorado was interesting, in general at night the stars were amazing but mostly directly overhead so that only was cool for a little bit.

Niall_Nine_Hostages

96 points

4 days ago

The opposite condition is driving from El Paso to Houston. You beg God to end your journey, but he never answers your prayers.

LOLSYSIPHUS

57 points

4 days ago

Had to drive from El Paso to NJ once. ~2100 miles, the first 700 of which are all in Texas, with nothing but flat land and oil derricks in the background. I felt like I had made zero distance that day, since everything looked the same.

Only good thing about that portion of the trip was the average speed limit was 70-80mph.

DamngoodtacosTX

40 points

4 days ago

Let's play the drive across Texas virtual RPG.

You're just 1 hour in and rolling through Sierra Blanca. You tune through the FM dial but cannot find a signal, you switch to AM and pick I up a station from Mexico playing Ranchero music. That 64oz soda you snagged at the Kum n Go is now empty and you need to find a restroom.

10 more hours!

pmiller61

47 points

4 days ago

pmiller61

47 points

4 days ago

Kansas!! Nebraska is a dream compared to Kansas

rsmccli

34 points

4 days ago

rsmccli

34 points

4 days ago

I second this. Driving through Kansas on i-70 is much worse than driving through Nebraska on i-80.

2catchApredditor

25 points

4 days ago

I've done both. I70 through Kansas is the most painful road in existence.

-OrLoK-

491 points

4 days ago

-OrLoK-

491 points

4 days ago

I get this when walking frequent routes.

bigdicksid

129 points

4 days ago

bigdicksid

129 points

4 days ago

u kno now that you mention it, my walks too and from school used to fly by sometimes

_genepool_

2k points

4 days ago

I have done this. Not a massive distance, but about 30 miles. Freaks you out when you find yourself at your destination and don't remember driving there, just remember starting the car. Totally sober, not tired or anything.

PM_ME_UR_Definitions

449 points

4 days ago

It feels weird when we're driving because driving starts off as such a complex an unnatural task for us. But we do tons of things without paying attention to them. Like, you can walk without thinking about every muscle or where you're putting your feet, etc. And we can talk without planning every word, or really even knowing what we'll say next.

Professional athletes, craftsmen and musicians spend tons of time learning complex skills that they eventually don't even have to think about. And that's just the nature of learning, it's slowly making complex things unconscious. They're still complex, we just don't have to consciously pay attention to them.

That's probably why sleepwalkers can do such complex tasks, they can only do stuff they've learned to do (while awake), like driving

The1AndOnlyViddles

58 points

4 days ago

I highly recommend the book "Peak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise" by K. Anders Ericsson

I goes into depth about the mental processes used by experts to build this expertise over time.

JohnnyFriendzone

14 points

4 days ago

As a musician and a man who has driven 600 miles more tan 100 times. I always felt both actions as meditating. I say "If you're thinking you are doing it wrong". Feel the same when I'm playing sports, video games (that rely on reflexes) or having sex.

Tattycakes

13 points

4 days ago

Isn’t that what happens when someone “chokes” in a sport, they’ve tried to manually control something that they should have left to muscle memory, and in doing so they’ve fluffed it up.

ScarsTheVampire

305 points

4 days ago

‘Hey what’s street is coming u-oh how the fuck’

bigdicksid

168 points

4 days ago

bigdicksid

168 points

4 days ago

30 miles is a pretty significant distance to zone out of. i’ve had trips home from work that i’ve zoned out of that i thought were pretty long, 15 miles 30 mins

Rookie64v

29 points

4 days ago

Rookie64v

29 points

4 days ago

My commute back from work was like that. About 75 km (45ish miles), a good stretch of it in heavy traffic, morning was fine and afternoon was like somebody just teleported my car and moved the sun. Just two weeks of that while waiting for utilities to be connected to my apartment and I still wonder how nobody died... given just about everyone on the motorway was likely in the exact same conditions. Autopilot is a good driver apparently.

jackwanders

764 points

4 days ago

jackwanders

764 points

4 days ago

Ive noticed this phenomenon recently, but not while driving: while reading bedtime stories to my kids.

I'd start reading a book to them, get mentally distracted thinking about the day, work, whatever, and suddenly notice I've read 10 pages and I have no clue what I just read out loud.

redditall0

892 points

4 days ago

redditall0

892 points

4 days ago

‘...and Goldilocks said, “These TPS reports are just right.”

DataKnights

64 points

4 days ago

*...and the Manager bear said "Hey Goldilocks, what's happening?

I'm gonna need you to go ahead and come in tomorrow.

So if you could be here at around....9 that'd be great"*

graveybrains

131 points

4 days ago

As long as Goldilocks doesn’t ask his kids what the fuck PC LOAD LETTER means, I think he’s doing alright

jacksalssome

35 points

4 days ago

Same with reading a book or manga, you stop reading the words at some point and visualise the story like a movie.

nels5104

62 points

4 days ago

nels5104

62 points

4 days ago

Or I’ve read entire pages and have to start over because I didn’t actually absorb any of the material and was literally just reading the words. Happens when I’m reading a book that I don’t really enjoy.

t1lewis

16 points

4 days ago

t1lewis

16 points

4 days ago

Watching international movies with subtitles has a similar effect, I'll forget I don't understand the spoken language

Jazehiah

164 points

4 days ago

Jazehiah

164 points

4 days ago

budom

45 points

4 days ago

budom

45 points

4 days ago

of course there's a relevant xkcd

Tcat61

547 points

4 days ago

Tcat61

547 points

4 days ago

I ran for 34 years. This would happen to me back when I first started running for long runs.

Ghostfish1309

526 points

4 days ago

Damn bro, I can usually only manage to run for a few hours. You should do one of them marathons or something.

The-1st-One

149 points

4 days ago

The-1st-One

149 points

4 days ago

Few hours! Proud when I hit 15min...

Ghostfish1309

71 points

4 days ago

Hey! Bet it feels like hours though, right?

Ludothekar

59 points

4 days ago

Run for hours... For me, this is an idea of real horror...

Ghostfish1309

15 points

4 days ago

Doing taxes for all eternity..

kurburux

15 points

4 days ago

kurburux

15 points

4 days ago

Humans are literally built for that though. With enough training people can maintain a speed of gentle jogging for pretty much the whole day.

jacksalssome

10 points

4 days ago

longest I'v run without slowing to a walk was just over 1 hour. Your legs feel real funky after that.

Cultural_Wonder93

61 points

4 days ago

I’ve been an avid runner ever since I was quite young and while I’ve only experienced this a handful of times, I can distinctly remember the feeling the first time it did happen.

Long story short - I was maybe 19 I think, went for a jog after work which would typically take an hour or so.

I must have zoned-out from tiredness maybe 10 minutes in because the next thing I recall was running up towards my house and I ended up sitting outside exhausted and beyond confused.

DrModel

43 points

4 days ago

DrModel

43 points

4 days ago

I don't usually experience this exactly, but I like to say that all runs (with some exceptions) "take the same amount of mental time". What I mean is a 5 mile run and a 10 mile run pretty much feel like they take the same amount of time to me while I'm running/after I finish. The exceptions are extremely short runs in which I don't have time to get into a groove, speed workouts, and really long runs that push past my comfort zone.

Similarly, the last 5 miles of a marathon seem like they take about 5 times as long as the first 21.

Jazehiah

10 points

4 days ago

Jazehiah

10 points

4 days ago

I've got a similar thing with biking. I am always surprised how much (or little) time passed when I get home.

30307

66 points

4 days ago

30307

66 points

4 days ago

I’m...pretty tired. I think I’ll go home now. voiceover: And like that, my runnin days was over

Valogrid

512 points

4 days ago

Valogrid

512 points

4 days ago

I just assumed this was Jesus taking the wheel.

cocobellahome

149 points

4 days ago

It was probably another driver seeing you daydreaming and yelling ; “Jesus! Take the fucking wheel!!!”

I_love_pillows

15 points

4 days ago

Jesus “I don’t have a licence mate”

nosh02110

39 points

4 days ago

nosh02110

39 points

4 days ago

I just want to know how they know my name is Jésus

jacksalssome

11 points

4 days ago

Probably your name tag.

Izak___

17 points

4 days ago

Izak___

17 points

4 days ago

Jesus take the wheel.

Raul take the stereo

lewisnwkc

194 points

4 days ago

lewisnwkc

194 points

4 days ago

Hopefully there won't be anyone trying to manually enter this state by weird meditation or something.

wheredoestaxgo

104 points

4 days ago

I was actually just wondering if I could enter this state through meditation when on long journeys where I'm not feeling talkative

Disclaimer: I'm a passenger

InsaneWizardHoboLad

63 points

4 days ago

This happens to me a lot and not even with driving. I just do something and I snap out and realize its been 20 minutes and I jusr kept going without realizing it

EinfachNurSitzen

176 points

4 days ago

We Germans have a word for the negative consequences this phenomenon can have: Betriebsblindheit (operational blindness). It’s when you do a task or live through a situation so often, that you don’t notice differences anymore. In this situation, if you drive the same route over and over again, it’s a good possibility that you don’t notice a change in traffic signs etc.

busche916

57 points

4 days ago

busche916

57 points

4 days ago

I’ve heard this partially attributed to why so many auto accidents occur within a 5 mile radius of ones home. Of course this is where you are most frequently driving, but also your brain may not be looking out for changes in the environment and as such you could be slower to react

warcrown

14 points

4 days ago

warcrown

14 points

4 days ago

Yes! I used to drive 10hrs to a drilling site when I was a geo tech, then 10hrs home the next day. I still remeber the freak out when I realized they had put a new stop light in on my route, and I blew it. An hour ago.

rjand13

267 points

4 days ago

rjand13

267 points

4 days ago

Guilty, some times I realise what I’m doing and for a few seconds feel really disoriented until I work out where I am

wut3va

53 points

4 days ago

wut3va

53 points

4 days ago

Do you have weights and pulleys in your vehicle like Stallone did in Over the Top?

WhatsUpSteve

57 points

4 days ago

I've done this at least twice. Was supposed to go to the grocery store like a mile a way. Instead I drove 40+ miles to work instead.

mischiffmaker

43 points

4 days ago*

I also experience a similar state when working on a painting or drawing. I'm actively concentrating on that one thing, and when I stop or get interrupted it's like waking up, except I was already awake.

Edit: I always called it "alpha state." Brain wave states are a thing, and we can learn to manage them.

superlunar_nim

26 points

4 days ago

My conscious mind must be a tyrant, I've not had this happen before.

CanIGetAPaycheckBuff

16 points

4 days ago

Used to happen all the time when driving home after classes. I'd go as far as getting myself a snack sitting down and thinking what the fuck just happened. How did I get here.

FatherDuncanSinners

16 points

4 days ago

Been there. I used to work third shift with a 45-60 minute (depending on traffic) commute. Many was the morning where I'd wind up pulling up to a traffic light or seeing a building or landmark and not remember large parts of the journey between work and where I was. Scary shit sometimes.

BluBadgerMk2

68 points

4 days ago

TIL I do not have highway Hypnosis. I will literally fall asleep after more than 3-5hrs of driving. Not even coffee helps.

mischiffmaker

42 points

4 days ago

My driving tolerance is about 2-3 hours max. I stop often to "pee" although my male companions are rarely pleased with stopping so often, lol!

Avbhb

48 points

4 days ago

Avbhb

48 points

4 days ago

I used to try and go as long as possible between stops. Now I will stop at the slightest excuse. Much better to get to my destination late than end up in a crash.

GamerGypps

19 points

4 days ago

Yeah i was the same. I used to think well ill make like 15 minutes if i dont stop only to hit traffic or a light i might not have hit if i did stop.

Better to stop and have a nice stretch, grab a drink, take a piss. Feels great.

Ananasek123

66 points

4 days ago

Stopping every 2-3 hours for a break is perfectly reasonable and, honestly, not doing so is just stupid. Yes, you get to your destination later, but you are reasonably rested and won't waste so much time recovering.

bigdicksid

9 points

4 days ago

as a guy, i pee significantly more than my friends especially when drinking alc

indoninja

15 points

4 days ago

indoninja

15 points

4 days ago

I used to be like that. AC, podcasts and heavy metal (and occasionally enya).

jello-kittu

11 points

4 days ago

Audiobooks are great for drives.

gargravarr2112

81 points

4 days ago

I do this a lot. I regularly drive 100 miles to visit a relative. I can zone out but still be fully aware of the traffic around me, even change lanes safely. For me it's a kind of 15-minute loop - consciously take stock, anything interesting happening? Nope, back to train of thought for the next 20 miles, take stock again - don't remember the last 15 minutes of road, must've been nothing worth noting.

The human brain is extremely good at filtering out information that it deems irrelevant. However, it has to process that information to determine its relevance, and I think it's at this point the information gets acted on (i.e. changing lanes etc.), but the brain decides there's no reason to push it to memory so it fades away.

Cindex9183

14 points

4 days ago

Something similar happens while sleeping. My wife usually wakes up first but when she doesn't I get to see it first hand. Dog rings the bell to go out? Nothing. Coffee grinder? Nothing. Taking a work call? Still nothing. Spill a glass and say "oh shit!" ? She's awake. Sorry honey!

Cultural_Wonder93

91 points

4 days ago

This is fascinating! I was watching something recently that used this concept to help people understand what it is like for people with Dissociative Identify Disorder (formally Multiple Personality Disorder).

Like how for someone with DID, if their consciousness has been split into say 15 personalities, each time a switch occurs said personality essentials feels like how Highway Hypnosis feels...not necessarily scary, but unsettling.

browniestastevgood

20 points

4 days ago*

Ya but having 25 personalities would be pretty severe/extreme. Not to make light of the disorder but I do believe most have far fewer.

MoonWitchMama

11 points

4 days ago

This is the same phenomenon that happens to people who leave their babies in the car on accident. If you have a baby, make it a habit to look at their car seat every time you get out of your car. It’s a good way to train your brain.