Whats the most tired you have ever been?

Discussion in 'Experienced Truckers' Advice' started by D.Tibbitt, Jul 10, 2019.

  1. JoeyJunk

    JoeyJunk Road Train Member

    Dec 31, 2010
    Washington, PA
    My first oilfield job back in 2010 I was up for almost 3 days chasing rigs (no drug use lol) Drove an international 9900 sleeper stretched into a flatbed. Drove from Clarskburg WV to right outside Pittsburgh Airport. About a 2 hour drive. I don’t remember any of it. 3 guys were asleep while I drove. They had to help me out of the truck when we got back to the shop. I was completely zoned out and disoriented.

    I was old enough to know better but did the wrong thing anyways. Back then my stupidity controlled me lol.
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  2. JPenn

    JPenn Road Train Member

    Mar 5, 2008
    Southern Tier NY
    I fell asleep riding my motorcycle home from a warehouse job one morning. Don’t remember much past getting on the bike to leave, woke up at a stop sign over 50 miles away, at the bottom of an off ramp. No clue how I got there or what woke me, it was 3am. The ensuing panic after I regained enough consciousness to realize what had happened certainly kept me awake for the rest of the ride after that!

    At least I was headed in the right direction, and wasn’t dead. This was in the pre CDL days, but this and a few other scares have pretty much sworn me off driving more tired than a cup of coffee will handle.
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  3. FoolsErrand

    FoolsErrand Road Train Member

    Sep 15, 2017
    In the 90s me and some jarhead buddies went to mardi gras from pensacola in my s10 blazer. We all got drunk but i the least and the other 2 incapacitated. The primary issue was wed been up at 3am friday for PT, then partied thru fri/sat and it was time to be back on base for check-in sunday morning. There hadnt been any sleeping the entire time save but for a driver seat nap here or there.

    I was soberish but basically dead behind the wheel getting back into pensacola at dawn of sunday. The streets were empty which is a miracle because i drove straight through a red light intersection .. Mentally concious that it was happening but unable to wake up and move my body to do anything. Think i pulled into a parking lot for yet another "powernap" as i curbed all the rims across that intersection.

    months previously, in that same vehicle headed to the same base from massachusetts... Id took a greyhound up to get the car at xmas. A buddy wanted to see some trails i knew that he didnt so we went wheelin and broke through some ice that took us until daylight to get it out. This got me caught in a big east coast snowstorm with 40mph visibility. I drove straight thru to avoid the brig, consuming 2 bottles of nodoze to make it and being very, very sick for about 3 days thereafter.

    I wrecked that blazer in pensacola on my birthday by my own sober, wide awake error and it was by gods grace that i did. I hope my kids arent as stupid as i insisted on being at that age.
  4. bryan21384

    bryan21384 Road Train Member

    Sep 18, 2009
    The great state of TN
    That's too drunk lol but I've been there
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  5. FoolsErrand

    FoolsErrand Road Train Member

    Sep 15, 2017
    Well, i did a lot of drunk driving 20 yrs ago. Praise the lord no one got hurt.

    It'd take me a year to drink a 12 pack now.
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  6. Tx Countryboy

    Tx Countryboy Road Train Member

    Sep 18, 2019
    Stopped one night to fill up thermos was so tired & about 2.5 hours away from receiver. Walked in to fill thermos lady at counter watching me. I told her I really needed the coffee. Walked to the counter asked her what I owed her . she said nothing for the Dr. Pepper to get some rest I filled thermos with DP.
  7. Tx Countryboy

    Tx Countryboy Road Train Member

    Sep 18, 2019
    Dr. Pepper instead of coffee. Lol
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  8. Harry Flashman

    Harry Flashman Bobtail Member

    Oct 4, 2019
    I once drove through Albuquerque asleep.

    Was about 2am, headed east on i40 into Albuquerque. Last thing I remember is that big downgrade going into the city from the west.

    Next thing i remember I am on on i40 in the desert east of Moriarty. I panicked and pulled into that screwed up rest area in Santa Rosa. It was full of coarse, and I ended up getting into a shouting match with another driver because he was parked illegally and was blocking the exit back onto i40. It was a CR England driver slumped over his steering wheel not caring nobody could exit the rest area. He eventually left and I headed back to i40.

    That kept me awake enough to get to the TA in Santa Rosa where I had to park in the fuel lane for about an hour before the lot started emptying out for the morning so I could get a real parking spot.
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  9. G13Tomcat

    G13Tomcat Road Train Member

    Jun 7, 2011
    As I mentioned; 'dream driving' I got MI confused with Miami. Costly mistake. Paper, of course. They found me a load after a 34 that I pretty much SLEPT through. I can still remember the dreams, to a degree.

    Glad to have my 10's at home, and weekends off. AND if my company insists on a Saturday (like this upcoming one) I sure make sure it's within my legals. Learned the hard way, albeit safely. Never again. Young and gullible about 15 years ago; nope. I'm good. Staying that way.
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  10. HillbillyDeluxeTruck

    HillbillyDeluxeTruck Road Train Member

    Mar 3, 2013
    San Antone
    Whoa whoa whoa, we gotta here about that 1st part.
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