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Old 07-23-2013, 08:24 PM   #1
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fell asleep behind the wheel(luckiest guy)

So today I was driving from San Diego to Orange County. Right about San Clemente I felt very sleepy. I've been dozing off here and there for a few seconds. Then the next thing I know I just hit an armored van. It was a BRINKS van. The image on my mind was that I just ruined the front/right side of my car. We pulled over to the side. I ran around the car to check the damages. I didn't notice any damage right away. I looked at the van and saw nothing either. I looked back at my car and saw that the front right wheel has been grinded. Less than one inch was chipped off the wheel. What had happened was the wheel hit the left side of the van's rear bumper. Luckily when I hit the van I woke up right away and turned the car away from the van.


The guy the stepped out of the van told me that I was one lucky guy. My whole front side of the car could've been destroyed. Note to self and everyone else, do not continue driving when sleepy behind the wheel.
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Old 07-23-2013, 08:26 PM   #2
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consider yourself lucky to not have killed yourself as opposed to damaging your car. Good to hear it wasnt major
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Old 07-23-2013, 08:29 PM   #3
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consider yourself lucky to not have killed yourself as opposed to damaging your car. Good to hear it wasnt major
Yea no joke.
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Old 07-23-2013, 08:48 PM   #4
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fell asleep behind the wheel(luckiest guy)

It happens to me aswell. I just pull over or hit the nearest gas station for a energy drink.


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Old 07-23-2013, 08:59 PM   #5
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Thank you. I needed that reminder. We all need that reminder.
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Old 07-23-2013, 09:00 PM   #6
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You should get a Lexus LS. It watches your face to see if you're sleeping and jabs the brakes to wake you up.

do do do do do do do do...
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Old 07-23-2013, 09:10 PM   #7
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You should get a Lexus LS. It watches your face to see if you're sleeping and jabs the brakes to wake you up.

do do do do do do do do...
The new S class will drive itself for 10 seconds at a time....
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Old 07-23-2013, 09:13 PM   #8
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Glad no one was injured/killed and your car is (for the most part) okay. I'm getting ready for a couple trips in the upcoming month and I'm very thankful for this reminder.

Be safe everybody, life is too precious.
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Old 07-23-2013, 09:17 PM   #9
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It happens to me as well. I just pull over to the nearest gas station for a power nap.

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Old 07-23-2013, 09:21 PM   #10
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lol that brinks driver probably thought some sh!t was about to go down after he felt you hit the van
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Old 07-23-2013, 09:49 PM   #11
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You should get a Lexus LS. It watches your face to see if you're sleeping and jabs the brakes to wake you up.

do do do do do do do do...
Yea I laugh at those commercials when I see those tech but they are really helpful in these types of situation.

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The new S class will drive itself for 10 seconds at a time....
I think I saw a youtube video of that.

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Glad no one was injured/killed and your car is (for the most part) okay. I'm getting ready for a couple trips in the upcoming month and I'm very thankful for this reminder.

Be safe everybody, life is too precious.
Yes. I am very much thankful. I actually went to church after and just prayed and thanked God.

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lol that brinks driver probably thought some sh!t was about to go down after he felt you hit the van
Yea. The driver looked at me when I hit his van. The way I hit it was if I was pit maneuvering the van.
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Old 07-24-2013, 02:13 AM   #12
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Good to know that you are safe. And that the bimmer is too
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Old 07-24-2013, 05:35 AM   #13
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Good to know that you are safe and the Bimmer is relatively okay! Lost a Co-Worker Memorial day weekend due to falling asleep at the wheel.
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Old 07-24-2013, 07:31 AM   #14
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...so what are you doing to prevent falling asleep at the wheel again? Energy drinks are a band-aid to the problem.
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Old 07-24-2013, 08:46 AM   #15
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Poor planning and terrible judgement. Driving while that sleepy is stupid and makes you a danger to everyone else on the road.
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Old 07-24-2013, 09:12 AM   #16
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You should get a Lexus LS. It watches your face to see if you're sleeping and jabs the brakes to wake you up.

do do do do do do do do...
I pull over to the side of the road, park, and take a nap.
But if Lexus LS can do that, I suggest that BMW puts a spray facing the driver, to squirt him if he is sleepy, similar to want I do to my dog when he does something wrong.
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Old 07-24-2013, 09:23 AM   #17
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Re: fell asleep behind the wheel(luckiest guy)

Lucky guy! Dozing at the wheel is a serious matter some people toy with. Funny it was a brinks truck.lol. I did a 2800 mile roadtrip coast to coast solo from sofla to cali, when in the navy (5600 miles) and as soon, and i mean 1st! (not 2nd not 3rd..) As i would sense tiredness at the wheel, my remedy was switching the music to something loud and annoying. And it would do the trick for me. The dozing would pass shortly after that.

Try creating a playlist labeled something like "No Dozzing at the wheel fool" with the most energetic music you have and see if that works. If you doze off with that, Pull the f*** over! lock your doors, set an alarm on your phone, and take your power nap!!


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Old 07-24-2013, 09:44 AM   #18
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Being a college caffeine addict, I try to not drive at all when I get little sleep/feel tired/ havent had my caffeine high for the day.... even if that means walking 5 miles to the store in the winter... because an extra hour of sleep makes for a big difference in driving quality
As for this life experience/lesson, it could have turned out much worse..., so you are a lucky guy

edit: Id probably fall asleep in a Lexus LS no matter what kind of driver-awareness monitoring system they put in that thing, sh*t's a couch on wheels

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Old 07-24-2013, 09:51 AM   #19
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Make sure it never happens again. A guy I knew who was an Air Force Colonel fell asleep behind the wheel and was using cruise control, after a few seconds he got in the center on the 2 roads on the grass and smashed into the overpass base at 70mph.

Lesson learned that day: Never use Cruise Control at night.

Glad you made it out okay OP, there's hundreds of ways it could have gone bad.
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Old 07-24-2013, 11:02 AM   #20
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There have also been a number of plane crashes where "get-there-itis" gets in the way of proper judgment. In the big picture it's silly to take risks, but I'm glad you learned.
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