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(Huffington Post)   CDC says that one in 24 adults admits to nodding off while driving, owning a John Tesh CD   (huffingtonpost.com ) divider line
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2013-01-07 12:07:13 PM  
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Sybarite: CDC researchers found drowsy driving was more common in men, people ages 25 to 34, those who averaged less than six hours of sleep each night, and - for some unexplained reason - Texans.


Driving In West Texas will cure the worst insomnia in the world.
2013-01-07 08:34:25 AM  
2 votes:
That endangers others and is unforgivable.  Falling asleep while driving is bad too.
2013-01-07 07:15:09 PM  
1 vote:

Primum:

Are people that dumb they don't realize what can happen if you nod off and cross the center line or go into the ditch?


It's not so much "Oh, I'm gonna tough this out" as it is microsleep attacks, at least for me.

I would bet a meta-analysis of the snoozees would show that a lot of them are night shifters or ex-military. I have this damned left-over thing where I'll go to sleep anytime I'm still and comfortable.

If I'm driving and the least bit tired, I have to get out of the car every hour or so and do calisthenics on the side of the road for a minute. If not, I'll end up with slices of time I can't recall. I don't go off the road, but it's worrisome. If it's challenging driving, no problems. It's those long-ass all-alike boring stretches of pines or desert that do me in.
2013-01-07 10:58:41 AM  
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I've done this a couple of times (not proud of it) and it's terrifying.  Driving back from the Poconos at 1am and nearly side-swiped an SUV when I drifted across 2 lanes.  Another time, I nodded off just as I was exiting the toll plaza for my exit.  Woke up just in time to avoid hitting the woods but took out a couple of 3' high metal posts w/the reflectors on them and messed up my front bumper.  I travel a LOT for my job and now, if I'm ever too tired, I'll pull into a rest stop & nap.

It's stupid and irresponsible but I'm sure every single person who drives tired says the same thing:  "It's only X miles.  I know the route like the back of my hand.  I'll be fine."   No, you won't.  No matter how loud you have the radio, how much gum you chew, or how hard you slap yourself, you're still going to be tired.  Pull over.
2013-01-07 10:25:07 AM  
1 vote:
Google's self-driving cars can't come too soon.
2013-01-07 10:12:48 AM  
1 vote:

Sybarite: CDC researchers found drowsy driving was more common in men, people ages 25 to 34, those who averaged less than six hours of sleep each night, and - for some unexplained reason - Texans.


Long, straight roads, usually warm temps and its a big-ass state.

When I was moving from Dallas years ago, I almost splattered myself and wife across I-20 between Abilene and Midland, got about halfway off the roadway and recovered. Scared me shiatless.
2013-01-07 10:10:42 AM  
1 vote:
That has never ever ever ever happened to me, and I've driven in some sorry conditions.

Always when I drive I'm at a heightened level of attention, especially at highway speeds. Almost too heightened, as driving long distance is exhausting mentally and physically for me from the hyper-vigilance. Drive confidently, but drive safely has always been my outlook. Drive with precision, purpose, and alertness. These are multi-ton hunks of metal you're rocketing down the road in!

One little twitch on the wheel and you can end your life or someone else's, or fark it up permanently. Arms ripped off, vegetative state, steering column through your groin, whatever.

Are people that dumb they don't realize what can happen if you nod off and cross the center line or go into the ditch?
2013-01-07 10:08:06 AM  
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serial_crusher: I've done it a couple times.  It's pretty farking scary.  Pull over and nap in a gas station parking lot if you get to that point, then buy some coffee after the nap.

We need self-driving cars ASAP.


I've had it happen a couple of times to me when I worked nights AND had an infant daughter. I wrecked a nice Jetta that way.
2013-01-07 09:13:54 AM  
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If you've never had it happen to you, let me clue you in:  nodding off behind the wheel is farking SCARY.  I've only had it happen to me once, and it was enough to ensure I never ever do so again.
 
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