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velocitize (vuh.LAWS.i.tyz) v.

To cause a person to become used to a fast speed.
--velocitization n.

Example Citations
Safety experts argue that speeding has "velocitizing" effects on
drivers, making it harder for them to slow down when conditions
change and it's urgent to do so.
--"The mentality behind the wheel," The Oregonian, December 10, 2003

He then described a road evil called "driver velocitization."

"Our freeways have cables on them to keep people from slamming into
each other, but drivers become velocitized. When they enter a rural
road from a freeway, for instance, and the speed changes from 65 mph
to 55 mph, their perception is that speeding is OK, so they don't
slow down," Vitolo said.
--Carol McAlice Currie, "Raise the speed limit? That's just plain
silliness," Statesman Journal (Salem, OR), April 15, 2003

Earliest Citation
But the four-speed automatic transmission upshifts and downshifts
very smoothly and the car accelerates well at speed and cruises so
effortlessly and comfortably that it's very easy to become
velocitized and suddenly realize you're driving a steady 80 mph.
--Russ DeVault, "Ford Merkur Scorpio a new touring sedan that
deserves raves," Atlanta Journal and Constitution, June 13, 1987

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See Also
hurry sickness:

speed hump:

speed scratch:

traffic-calming device:

type T personality:


Subject Categories
Culture - Slowing Down:

Sociology - Lifestyles:

Technology - Cars:

Words About Words
Reading implies time for reflection, a slowing-down that destroys the
mass's dynamic efficiency.
--Paul Virilio, French philosopher, quoted in Mark Kingwell, "Fast
Forward," Harper's Magazine, 1998

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