Friday Safety Tip for Drivers
When was the last time you left on a trip
with plenty of sleep? A driver
from Tenaha, TX was in Eloy, AZ. He had just completed 6 hours of
sleep. Before he got to Eloy, he had slept 8 hours in El Paso and 14
hours at home. His delivery
was for San Diego and he had plenty of time to make the
appointment. However, he went
sleep at mile marker 8 on I-8 only a few miles down the road from Eloy.
My question to you, "Is it possible
to stack sleep for a future need?" Or put another way, "Is it
possible to store rest by sleeping in advance of the need for
It would seem the driver had plenty of
rest to drive the trip, but he went to sleep while driving and turned
over. His cargo of shelled
pecans were scattered over half of Arizona.
The tractor and trailer were
totaled. With the exception of
the normal bumps and bruises, he was not injured.
Several conclusions can be drawn from
this accident for all of us:
Sleep begets sleep. The more you get - the more you
want. Sleep is available when
needed, but it cannot be stored or stacked.
ahead for a change of schedule such as driving at night does not
always work. For a few hours
the first night, it might help, but your body will revert to your
Prepare yourself for
driving. If you will be
driving at night, start a day before leaving by staying up late as if
you were on a driving schedule while on the road.
of thumb: You give five – your family gives five - you stay
alive. Your family will
understand and your body will appreciate your preparation.
That's the way I see it - Bob Hataway - TransAlive.