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Asleep at the wheel.
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mud    Posted 02-24-2005 at 15:17:46       [Reply]  [No Email]
Ever just jerk awake an wonder how far you've driven?


Willy-N    Posted 02-24-2005 at 19:01:29       [Reply]  [No Email]
Driving a Vega home after 24 hours of work in the 70s I was woke up behind the wheel with it lugging in gear coming to a stop! I opened my eyes and saw a gas station not far ahead of me scared the %&$# out of me!! Worst part was I was on the FREEWAY going home but when I fell asleep I drifted off went down a off ramp and woke up on a side road! Did not fall asleep the rest of the way home to much of a rush. Mark H.


Sid    Posted 02-24-2005 at 17:37:00       [Reply]  [No Email]
Many times. The last time that happened I jerked awake after I hit an oncoming car. I have been diagnosed as having sleep apnea. Now that I sleep with a Cpap machine I do not have that problem anymore.


RichZ    Posted 02-24-2005 at 19:01:22       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Sid, I have sleep apnea also, and I've had a C pap machine for years. It's a life saver, if you have sleep apnea, though it isn't easy to get used to.


Scott S.    Posted 02-24-2005 at 17:22:08       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Can't recall dozing off behind the wheel, but I wonder if that's as scary as dozing off in front of my class, jerking awake, and wondering what I just said.


Redmud    Posted 02-24-2005 at 18:09:50       [Reply]  [No Email]
Well, if you never doz off behind the wheel, you might try this. When you are driving in daylite hours, wife or who ever rideing shotgun, close the right eye and slowly nod your head. when the wife or who ever starts screeming, turn and look at them without opening the right eye. I would like to caution those that might be missing the left eye not try this.


New-Gen    Posted 02-24-2005 at 15:40:21       [Reply]  [No Email]
One night I pulled into a truckstop to catch a quick power nap. I pulled in behind another truck and put a pillow on the steering wheel, leaving the engine running.
I started dreaming that I was driving down the road....then I woke up enough to sit up and see the taillights of the truck parked in front of me! (I was driving a cabover at the time so said lights were about 3' in front of me!)
I jerked the steering wheel to the right while pumping the brakes! Nothing was happening!!
I finally woke up with a start when I had pumped the brakes enough for the low air warning buzzer to come on!

It was at this point that I decided I needed more than a nap...so I retrieved the pillow from the doghouse, cautiously checked the moisture content of my underwear and got in the sleeper for some real sleep!


Ron/PA    Posted 02-24-2005 at 15:54:37       [Reply]  [No Email]
Same thing in NJ in the late 70's, heart pumping so hard I thought it was the big one. Climbed in the bunk and slept 7 hours. Last time I let that happen.
Pulled in next to a guy one night, he was slumped over the wheel, no pillow. I woke up 6 hours later and he was still in the same position. Thinking him dead, I banged on his door. He jumped up with a big bulldog on his cheek. He slept on that wheel for 10 hours. OUCH!
Ron


deadcarp    Posted 02-24-2005 at 17:21:25       [Reply]  [No Email]
we'd been in australia for maybe 2 weeks. i was a ball of nerves from driving on the wrong side, and tried to catch 40 winks at lunch break so crawled behind the wheel & was gone! i was facing the chainlink, tar road across in front of me, and a shipping channel across the street. yup, opened my eyes and there was a 6-story white wall with little windows, moving right across the front of the car! a second later i'd hit the brakes with both feet, jerked the wheel ---- and had enough adrenalin for a week! how was i to know tugs were moving one? :)


Ennis    Posted 02-24-2005 at 15:39:04       [Reply]  [No Email]
one time tree limbs woke me up as I was goin down the road. The limbs were hittin my drivers side. Very Very scarey.


Ron/PA    Posted 02-24-2005 at 15:34:44       [Reply]  [No Email]
Sat for 2 1/2 hours this morning on I 81 at scranton PA. A bobtail dozed off, and rearended a trailer parked on the shoulder. Blew that tractor apart, but the drive was alive when they loaded him in the helicopter. Been there done that and it's scarey.
Ron


yep-    Posted 02-24-2005 at 15:44:14       [Reply]  [No Email]
You said a mouthful.


Randy    Posted 02-24-2005 at 15:36:36       [Reply]  [No Email]
Even on the motorcycle and while mowing.


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