Sleepless in Seattle
Can you go to sleep with your eyes
open? A driver from Jackson,
MS was headed toward Seattle, WA on Interstate 90. It was cold outside and he was glad
his heater was working properly.
He had an appointment for delivery at
5:30 AM and he could make it if he stayed after it. He had been on duty past his
allotted hours for driving, but since he
only 75 miles away, he knew he could cover it on the log book.
He was extremely sleepy, and there were
miles he did not remember. He
kept pushing to make the appointment.
Suddenly he was awakened by an abrupt
rough ride. He quickly assessed that he was careening down an
embankment totally out of control.
He tried to steer, but it caused the
tractor to go into a sharp climb sideways and it rolled over. The
next few seconds seemed like an eternity; however, the unit did
eventually come to a halt.
He was fortunate that his injuries
consisted of a broken arm, back pain, and severe bruising of his
A major detriment to successful driving
is sleep. One must address
sleep as synonymous with rest:
Your mind can be so tired
that it disengages your thought processes. A clear example is that you cover
miles without remembering them.
you can be so tired that you cannot sleep. A proper balance of rest is
required for successful sleep.
Lastly, driving past your
allotted hours is a formula for failure. It is not "if an accident
occurs" but "when an accident occurs".
That's the way I see it - Bob Hataway -