Afraid of Falling Asleep at the Wheel. What do you guys do about this?

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by CJ5 Susan, Sep 22, 2012.

  1. WMGUY

    WMGUY Road Train Member

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    pull over and take a nap

    now with Elogs you may not be able to do that and still have time to make your run, either if your tired pull over
     
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  3. Mr Ed

    Mr Ed Road Train Member

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    Trade tractors with me....kind of hard to fall asleep when you
    are being bounced all around the truck.
     
  4. TnVols Trucking

    TnVols Trucking Light Load Member

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    This is the correct answer IMO.
     
  5. NewNashGuy

    NewNashGuy Road Train Member

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    5 hour energy. I go from being sleepy to singing songs and dancing. On days when I am dead tired I pull to a rest area and take a 30 minute nap. I have gotten used to the road now though, I drive 10 - 11 hours per day without feeling tired since before I would always stare at how much longer I had to go or how much time, and now I just focus on the road, talk to friends, listen to music, and suddenly a few hours pass by in 30 minutes.
     
  6. duckdiver

    duckdiver Road Train Member

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    stay hydrated, drink pleanty of water NOT soda, juice, coffee. eat healthy, live foods like greens and fruits, all that processed junk will make you sluggish. dont forget to exercise, you need your heart pumping or you will always be tired. and like everyone says, dont drive sleepy!
     
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  7. RickG

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    I agree with American-Trucker . If you're having problems getting enough sleep you chose the wrong career . quit now before you're forced to for an incident you may regret the rest of your life .
    For posts to be suggesting things to try that MIGHT work shows the sad state and lack of professionalism of the industry .
     
  8. free2frog

    free2frog Medium Load Member

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    If the years of service is correct 0-1 then it's a a little early to quit but after a month or two of trying thing's that MIGHT help and if your still having issues then yes wrong career. But how does people making suggestions on ways to help with fatigue show a sad state and lack of professionalism of the industry were not suggesting beanner's of the 60-70's or Coke runs of the 70's -80's or shooting Epinephrine like in the 90's
     
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  9. RickG

    RickG Road Train Member

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    So how many months would you say someone should stay behind the wheel sleep deprived and dozing off before they decide they should not continue ?
     
  10. aiwiron

    aiwiron Road Train Member

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    My Acme shock collar is doing wonders, I lean my head down and it zaps me into next week.
     
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  11. free2frog

    free2frog Medium Load Member

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    What you never drove tired in your 35 years I posted earlier about using part of your 14hr clock to take a nap if the OP is new as in 0-1 year exp there is an adjustment period some take longer some just cant do it. I'm Not advocating driving tried, sleep deprived if you are then get the heck off the road. Some of these company's take a new grad stick them with a trainer for a week or 2 then throw them to the wolves go go go get it there and elogs sure don't help. The OP knows they have issue and is looking to fix it. Heck I wish a lot of truckers would quit then maybe rates would go up.
     
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