Sleeping while driving!

We drove again, after stopping by McDonalds for lunch. We were driving for a day and a half already. It was a long drive from New Orleans, Lousiana to Gallup, New Mexico. A total of 22 hours straight, but we didn't do that, we stopped to sleep for like 7 hours and then drove again.

The thing is when my husband drives, I sleep. When I drive, he wouldn't sleep yet, he would want to share stories first to make him sleep, by that time, I'd feel sleepy too!!!

I was telling him, I was sleepy too many times, I was forcing my eyes to open but he was already asleep, kids were asleep that time too. It was just after lunch and well, the long roads of New Mexico, the heat of the sun.. it was really perfect for siesta! Not while driving though!


I am not sure how long I had my eyes shut, I FELL ASLEEP without me knowing, while driving at 80mph PLUS! All I remember was opening my eyes and looking at a big truck's bumper. It was VERY NEAR! Since I was going really fast - my next option was NOT to use the brake but to overtake/maneuver the car to my left at ONCE to keep us safe.

Thank God, there were no cars on the road but our car and the big truck!

Thank God for waking me up in the nick of time!

Thank God for keeping us safe!

My husband and kids were asleep the whole time. They had no clue what just happened! I didn't also dare tell my husband what just happened. It took me like a month to share the story.

But, from then on, I just had to pass driving after lunch. I really can't help but sleep after lunch, on the road. It's just automatic eyes shut!

Scary!!!
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14 comments:

  1. That's scary. It's always good to talk while driving or listen to upbeat music just to keep the senses awake. Sometimes sleep is an involuntary impulse especially when tired.

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  2. That was a very scary experience and doubly so because you had your family with you. Sometimes we really have to listen to our bodies and postpone any activity that would require us to be fully alert.

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  3. better park your car and take a nap when you feel sleepy while driving... sharing my post on this, gem... Don't Drive And Sleep. Yahweh bless.

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  4. glad that you are all safe Sis :-) sometimes I feel that way too :-) that is why I put some dance music when I am driving especially at night :-)

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  5. Oh no that's so scary. I drive alone most of the time, I always make sure to turn the radio on with upbeat music so I won't fall asleep.

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  6. Oh, praise God and thanks to Him for keeping you and your family safe.
    This is a wake up to us not to drive while feeling drowsy or being sluggish.
    Praise God! All glory and praises are His.... Truly God works in all events.

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  7. One trick I do when I feel sleepy on the road is sing OUT LOUD... no humming... im BELCHING my throat out... if that dont work... i damp my hankky with water and pat it on my face... if that still wont work... i stop for a while and walk around the car... to stretch my legs... and lastly, if that still dont work... i park for a bit and take a power nap... just a couple of minutes... like 5... (a can of soda helps as well) :)

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  8. Thats scary, that's why when I drive I would have to take a nap for like minutes before heading off. Stay safe!

    http://www.mydailymumbles.com/2012/06/13/can-you-tell/

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  9. Falling asleep while driving is the major cause of vehicular accidents. May be drinking a cup of coffee before you drive can help to keep you awake.

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  10. Praise God! You and your family are safe. That might have been a very long tiring drive. When my husband is driving in long distance, I am always awake to make interesting funny stories with him to avoid sleeping while driving.

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  11. OMG...that's really scary.good thing you woke up in time...Keep a bottle of water to drink while driving, drink once in a while to keep you awake...be safe!

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  12. thats scary! good to know that you're safe! - grace

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  13. your guardian angels were watching over you! AT least now you know your limits, stay safe!

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  14. That's really scary! Glad you woke up just in time. Anyway, always stay safe sis!

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