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today i had the misfortune to get caught up on the m5 tail back due to a pile up going no where air brake on eyes down one hour ltr we start to move (me in out side lane) every ones moving except my lane cars start pulling out into middle lane and i follow suit as i went past there was this woman in a nissan 4x4 fast asleep and no one bothered to wake her we all just went around and left her there snoring her head off funny thing was it was the same daft bint that was trying to get me to move over earlier on even though she couldnt go much faster anyway made me laugh
 

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well, at least no-one got hurt. I woke up at the wheel once and it was a very sobering experience. I now absolutely will not drive if I am too tired. I see it on the M25 every morning, people struggling to keep their eyes open.

Funny world we live in where people feel pressured to live their lives like that.
 

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The rumble strips woke me up once when I was driving back up from London and it scared me sh*tless, so now if I feel even a tiny bit tired I stop at services and put seat back and sleep. Better to get there late then not at all.
 

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Coming home from north scotland once a mate and i swapped driving because he felt tired ( his car) all was well until the central reservation barrier rubbing along the drivers door woke me up:embarassed: never again
 

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I do long drives and often feel sleepy. Sounds obvious but when tired pull aside and rest. Easy said but in practice one often thinks -just a few more miles.....The problem is that on motorways the distance between stations can be as far as 40km.

I find the worst is after meals when the sun is shinning. I try to have a 'siesta' and also drive more at night.
 

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Happened to me alot when I was commuting Barnsley to Nottingham daily, on tight time schedules (especially the Nottingham to Barnsley bit!) Scary when I always managed to wake up in time as car careering towards edge of road or onto a rumble strip. Now I moved down to Notts, doesn't happen at all :angel: but then I cycle into work now, and more alert due to other cyclists as they are far worse than drivers!

Who wants a lift to Eyemouth next weekend then? Only catch is to keep me from :sleep:
 

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ive been close a few times doing the early run to stoney but managed to claw it back just before dozing !!!

think i better get some rest this evening or i will be missing that date with the seals tommorow lol!!!! :teeth:
 

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Coming back from a dive trip once, I was getting really tired and starting to nod off, so I pulled over for a rest. Soon as the engine was off I was out like a light, and must have slept for up to an hour. I woke up, got ready to drive off, turned the key, and ... nothing. I'd left the lights on, and the battery was flat :(
 

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Coming back from a dive trip once, I was getting really tired and starting to nod off, so I pulled over for a rest. Soon as the engine was off I was out like a light, and must have slept for up to an hour. I woke up, got ready to drive off, turned the key, and ... nothing. I'd left the lights on, and the battery was flat :(
so u had time for another sleep till the r.a.c showed up
 

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Coming back from a dive trip once, I was getting really tired and starting to nod off, so I pulled over for a rest. Soon as the engine was off I was out like a light, and must have slept for up to an hour. I woke up, got ready to drive off, turned the key, and ... nothing. I'd left the lights on, and the battery was flat :(
Next time, park on top of a hill.
 

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At times I wake up with the feeling: 'Where am I? What am I doing here? The total lost feeling'. I even take a pillow and blankets with me in the car - as well as chocolate and torch.
 

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At times I wake up with the feeling: 'Where am I? What am I doing here? The total lost feeling'. I even take a pillow and blankets with me in the car - as well as chocolate and torch.
wouldnt it be easier just useing an motel !!! :teeth:
 

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At times I wake up with the feeling: 'Where am I? What am I doing here? The total lost feeling'. I even take a pillow and blankets with me in the car - as well as chocolate and torch.
I would also invest in a half decent satellite navigation system!!!

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One summer day many years ago we spent a day in Brighton and my father in law wondered why l hadn't pulled forward when the traffic lights changed to green.....l'd nodded off.
 

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Keep a cylinder of rich nitrox (min 50%) behind the front seats and each time you feel drowsey crack it open for a few seconds.
The lift in O2 plus the drop in temperature works every time.
I have wondered if a reg on a long hose may be a way to go but plod may see it differently :)
 

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One summer day many years ago we spent a day in Brighton and my father in law wondered why l hadn't pulled forward when the traffic lights changed to green.....l'd nodded off.
I take it that you were late getting the waltzers there then and the rest of the fair had to wait for you? :D
 

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I remember a long journey crossing the mountains between Kosovo and Macedonia. The vehicle in front of me seemed to be driving a little erratically. Later I was talking to the passenger of the vehicle. He said he had accidentally nodded off and woken to see his mate next to him dozing as well. He said that for about 3 seconds it felt quite normal and he was about to go back to sleep when he realised that his mate was supposed to be driving! Gave him a little bit of a shock since one side of the road had a sheer drop down the side of the mountain!
 

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falling asleep at the wheel

Of course this does have a serious side to it. My hubby worked for a firm specialising in Sleep disordered breathing and it was estimated (and later shown from a study in Aussie) that a high percentage of accidents on the road was caused by drivers falling asleep. Often they were diagnosed with sleep disorders which once treated gave enabled them to stay awake.

If you feel tired when driving for God's sake pull over and take a nap, I would never be able to live with myself if I killed someone cos I had fallen asleep at the wheel. The woman in the OP was fortunate she only caused a traffic jam not a fatal accident.
 
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