Have you ever fallen asleep behind the wheel...even for a second?

Bignuf Bignuf
After working for 40 hours straight, I was driving home and realized I had "drifted off" for a split second (still enough for the car to have gone a dozen yards down the road). It was scary as could be. It startled me awake and has made me FAR more aware of this happening.

Has it ever happened to you???
06/06/2013
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Lildrummrgurl7 Lildrummrgurl7
Thankfully, no. But lately I haven't been sleeping well and I find myself spacing out and almost falling asleep when I drive. My partner has been driving a lot because of it.
06/06/2013
*Camoprincess* *Camoprincess*
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Originally posted by Bignuf
After working for 40 hours straight, I was driving home and realized I had "drifted off" for a split second (still enough for the car to have gone a dozen yards down the road). It was scary as could be. It startled me awake and has made me ... More
Sadly yes it has with me behind the wheel of an 80,000lb vehicle very scary.
06/06/2013
VeganChick (is Gone) VeganChick (is Gone)
Never! And 40 hours straight?!?!? WHAT THE HELL?
06/06/2013
spiced spiced
When I was younger, it happened a number of times. I used to drive ridiculous distances, and would almost always try to drive straight through. My friends and I took a lot of roadtrips, and I was in two long-distance relationships with my s/o several hundred miles away.

Several times, I nodded off at the wheel. Once, the guardrail woke me up, which was super scary.

Now, I'm really boring on roadtrips. Not too many hours behind the wheel, regular rest stops, and plenty of sleep.

I agree that working 40 hours straight is just ABSURD. Sounds truly horrible. I worked 16 hrs straight once and felt like a superman for surviving it. How is 40 hrs straight even possible?!
06/06/2013
Zombirella Zombirella
No, but I have felt like I could. If it got to a point where I wasn't sure whether I'd be okay then I would pull over in a parking lot or anywhere safe and take a nap, even if just for 20 minuets.
06/07/2013
married with children married with children
not that I know of. I have been very tired while driving. I hate driving like that. I roll down the windows and turn up the radio to try to keep myself awake.
06/07/2013
Gunsmoke Gunsmoke
Yes I have - like Spiced, I use to drive long distances and long hours. Honestly I wasn't smart enough to pull over. I've never been a coffee/caffeine person - which made it worse. Luckily I always roused myself before doing any damage to myself or anyone else. The CA lane separation 'dots' are a great tool for helping keep people in their lanes.
06/07/2013
LoveX LoveX
Nope. If I can't stay awake to drive, I'll find a place to crash for awhile. A car wreck is my BIGGEST fear.
06/07/2013
bratcat bratcat
This actually used to be a big problem of mine, but luckly hasn't happened in the last year. Before i used to leave my partners (for home, two hours away) when they would leave for work at 4pm. There we're many times i would feel as if i slept through the majority of the drive, only waking up because of those grooves carved into the side of the highway. Usually when i would start to drift i would stop at a rest stop and nap anywhere from 10 minutes to an hour, but there was only one rest stop on the way so sometimes i would just drive through doing what i could to stay awake. I found chewing gum is the only thing that keeps me awake, and i used to carry a pack in my car just for that purpose.
06/07/2013
js250 js250
Yes it has happened to me in the past, but after getting a bit older and wiser--I now either pull off or find a motel. I cannot jeopardize other people's lives like that--it is too tragic to lose part of yourself due to another's negligence!!!
06/07/2013
Rossie Rossie
Yes, it happened once while I was driving on the highway, the car swerved a little and the sudden movement woke me up in the nick of time. Ever since that incidence, I made sure to have lots of gum available, and play my favorite songs on the stereo to keep me awake.
06/07/2013
mpfm mpfm
I never have. I pull over if I feel too sleepy to drive.
06/07/2013
Trysexual Trysexual
Oh yes. I used to be bad about this when I worked 12 hr overnight shifts. I pretty much drifted and dozed every morning on the way home, because I had a long commute...scary. I used to get drowsy on long drives too. Luckily I never crashed or anything.

These days, I'm pretty solid and alert even on long drives. I drove cross country for a month a few yrs back and was doing 11 hrs a few days in a row with no problem.
06/07/2013
Septimus Septimus
I've never fallen asleep while driving, but I've come close a few times. When I find that my eyes are starting to drift closed I put on the loudest music I can and either roll down all of the windows or blast the AC. It usually wakes me up in a hurry.
06/07/2013
surreptitious surreptitious
Quote:
Originally posted by Bignuf
After working for 40 hours straight, I was driving home and realized I had "drifted off" for a split second (still enough for the car to have gone a dozen yards down the road). It was scary as could be. It startled me awake and has made me ... More
Not to me personally, however my aunt fell asleep at the wheel due to a medical condition and hit someone. They were okay, but she's going to be paying into that lawsuit until she dies.
06/07/2013
This Is For The Birds This Is For The Birds
Happened to me around the time was like 17. A friend and I went to a rodeo in another city, that was about and hour and a half from us. We didn't know the area to well and got lost coming home, not to mention it was already 11:00 pm when leaving there to the hour and half drive turned into a two hour drive. After dropping my friend off at home, I had to drive myself home, I was about a mile away from home, when I nodded out, had to be only a few seconds, but still scary enough. When I caught myself and woke up I was in the other lane with oncoming traffic headed towards a telephone pole. Very scary and scary enough it kept me awake the rest of that mile home. After that night I no longer drive if I know i'm tired, I will stop and get rest, or if i'm with someone else we will just switch.
06/07/2013
KinkyKatieJames KinkyKatieJames
I don't really drive often enough for this to happen to me.
06/07/2013
SMichelle SMichelle
No, never, thankfully. But, I don't really drive a lot, and I won't drive if I'm really tired.
06/07/2013
alliegator alliegator
Never asleep, but have been pretty tired to the point I'm afraid of. At that point I turn on the air high, eat something, sing along to music, anything to keep me alert.
06/07/2013
eri86 eri86
I'm sad to say yes.
06/08/2013
LoveBug721 LoveBug721
Quote:
Originally posted by Bignuf
After working for 40 hours straight, I was driving home and realized I had "drifted off" for a split second (still enough for the car to have gone a dozen yards down the road). It was scary as could be. It startled me awake and has made me ... More
nope
08/03/2013
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