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Old 12-12-2012, 03:29 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Fall Asleep Less At Wheel

I'm a night owl. In the past with my long commute I would sometimes find myself falling asleep at the wheel to work. I would especially have trouble on long 15 hour drives from Seattle to San Francisco.

I've learned that if I find myself dozing off, besides eating the peppermint candies I keep in my glove compartment, I can exit the freeway, an get back on with a little VTEC and it gets my blood going again.

I've had my car for 1 1/2 yrs now and this is still new to me. I never had a car that could perform like this and I'm still learning new ways in how to benefit from it's performance.
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Old 12-12-2012, 03:33 AM   #2 (permalink)
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or eat sunflower seeds... keeps ya busy.
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Old 12-12-2012, 04:19 AM   #3 (permalink)
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When the road is clear do a little downshift to wake you up

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Old 12-12-2012, 06:49 AM   #4 (permalink)
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or even pull over for a quick 15 min nap! Stay safe! This semi came into my lane at 4 in the morning, woke me the hell up too lol
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or blast and sing to some upbeat or dubstep-ish type of music while the windows are open to embarrass yourself (not that i do that... well the singing part with the windows open at least). pulling over to stretch and walk a bit works too.
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Old 12-12-2012, 07:47 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Eat some trail mix. It will give you some energy.
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Old 12-12-2012, 01:22 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Coffee always helps, Or open your window for a few minutes and freeze yourself, Or turn up your favorite song.
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or blast and sing to some upbeat or dubstep-ish type of music while the windows are open to embarrass yourself (not that i do that... well the singing part with the windows open at least). pulling over to stretch and walk a bit works too.
Sometimes I'll do crazy shyte like blasting the horn. I usually won't do that unless I'm the only one on the road. Otherwise I look like I'm crazy. I'll be singing some tunes, sunroof open, dancing and beeping my horn. It works for a while anyways. Pulling over is not an option, mostly cause it's not necessary.

You have to be crazy to eat sunflower seeds. Where you spit all that stuff out? On the floor? Have fun cleaning it up.

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Old 12-13-2012, 03:27 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Like someone said, downshift or hit some vtec. And definitely put the window down if it's freezing temperature outside. It def keeps me up and gets me going again.
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Old 12-13-2012, 03:53 AM   #10 (permalink)
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If you're unable to drive..don't.


That's the thing my parents told me when I first discovered how to drive.

Whether you're buzzed, coming down or just plain tired, pull over to the side of the road and take a nap, just enough to get you back on your feet.



I drove one time when I was sick and full of Nyquil..it was horrible. I was drowsy, uncoordinated and going irresponsibly fast; I drive an auto R18.
I pulled into a parking lot and took a small nap. Woke up feeling much better and drove home. Knocked the fxck out.



Just take a nap. You'll avoid an accident and it doesn't cost anything except your time.
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Old 12-13-2012, 06:07 AM   #11 (permalink)
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If you're buzzed and pull over, toss the keys out of the car...otherwise you can still get a DUI...

As far as staying awake...each person is different...coffee works for some, others is doesn't...seeds, which you spit into a cup or out the open window, is another option...I believe if you're that tired you should pull over for 15 that's the safest and best way...and 15 min won't make a huge dent in your travel time
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Old 12-13-2012, 08:24 AM   #12 (permalink)
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Pull over and take a nap!! Final offer, I've almost passed out driving tired , well I did for a few seconds and it's scary. Don't risk it. That day I had my head out the window everything, could not stay awake.. Pull over and sleep
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Old 12-13-2012, 12:46 PM   #13 (permalink)
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You have to be crazy to eat sunflower seeds. Where you spit all that stuff out? On the floor? Have fun cleaning it up.
in a bottle? lol gatorade, poweraide, even water bottles work just a little harder...
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Old 12-13-2012, 01:00 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Chew gum. You'll be actively doing something, besides driving, for hours.
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Old 12-13-2012, 03:29 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Old 12-13-2012, 06:52 PM   #16 (permalink)
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Usually just pulling over and taking a 15-20 min nap is the best thing to do. You get a little burst of energy again after powernapping. Plus its the most safe thing to do. If you cant, I usually downshift and mess around to get my mind occupied with something.
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Old 12-13-2012, 08:10 PM   #17 (permalink)
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I do some yelling, coffee, loud music and vtec.
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Old 12-13-2012, 08:13 PM   #18 (permalink)
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Long drives I would definitely suggest breaks, food, and coffee.

For me I usually have a 45 minute commute home from school and it's dark out and it's mainly freeway driving. If I'm tired I will just blast the beats and roll a window down (really wakes you up in the winter lol)
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Old 12-13-2012, 08:25 PM   #19 (permalink)
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You could start sleeping more in your bed.
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Old 12-13-2012, 09:48 PM   #20 (permalink)
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or eat sunflower seeds... keeps ya busy.
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definitely some sunflower seeds. i always eat them at night when driving longer distances as well as when i am in a class/training and it works great to keep you awake.
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