Saturday Safety Tip for Drivers
†Sleeping on the Shoulder
Have you ever pulled over on the shoulder
and went to sleep in the sleeper?†
A driver from Arkansas became extremely sleepy and pulled over
on the shoulder.† He crawled
into the sleeper and dozed off immediately.
Traffic was heavy that night and
18-wheelers were traveling two abreast on the interstate at
times.† Most were moving over
for him as is the standard practice.†
As time went passed, an 18-wheeler was forced to remain
without pulling over and, since he was moving at a fast pace, it
shook the tractor on the shoulder.
The driver awoke and leaped up hitting
his head.† His mind was not
working properly and, since everything around him was moving, he thought
his tractor was moving.† He
jumped into the driver's seat and pushed with all his might on the
A funny story but it could have been a
tragic one as well.† Accidents
and injuries can be avoided by taking the following steps:
sleepy, get completely off the interstate and preferably into a truck
stop parking lot or a rest area.†
Remove yourself from the driverís seat.† That is your place of work not your
place for sleep.† Donít let
your body think you can ever sleep behind the wheel.
time is of the essence set the alarm on your iPhone
and attach it to your arm with your watch.† Go to sleep.† A power nap is about 20 - 30
minutes.† Awake and walk around
your unit.† Look for pre-trip
issues i.e. tires, lights, etc.†
You will become alert and can continue.
on the shoulder, you create a hazard to moving traffic.† No one is expecting you to be
there.† You become an obstacle
to their driving habits should they need the space for an emergency.
That's the way I see it - Bob Hataway - TransAlive.