October 30th, 2013, 01:06 AM #1
Something Pretty Freaking Scary Happened This Weekend...
And a little bit of a wake up for me. While my life hasn't been great in the last year, sometimes things happen that make you grateful for all the love and support you have around you when times are tough.
Very early Sunday morning, I was driving home from in LA and foolishly chose to try to make it all of the way even though I was extremely tired. Apparently, I fell asleep briefly because next thing I know, I feel an impact on the left side of the highway near a cement divider and swerve back to the right into a different lane. Fortunately, very few cars were around and I didn't hit anyone else going into the 2nd lane. I arrived home and was shocked to see that the left side wheels were torn up but there was no other visible damage to the vehicle (which is amazing and a miracle to me). I'm extremely thankful that it wasn't worse.
It's still a little scary to consider that I don't remember much about an accident that occurred while traveling at freeway speed other than a heavy thump and as cliche as it sounds, it really helps you put in perspective how short life is and to make the most of it because it could be over in the blink of an eye.
October 30th, 2013, 01:32 AM #2
Glad you're safe. Next time, pull over and take a nap somewhere.
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October 30th, 2013, 06:43 AM #3
You are a lucky man. Will definitely remember this next time I'm tired on the road.
October 30th, 2013, 07:38 AM #4
Count your blessings. I had a similar accident years ago: Woke up going across a vacant corner lot skidding through wet grass in a light rain, barely threading myself between a tree and a telephone pole before ending up clipping a fire hydrant. Always pull over if you feel to tired to drive. I am glad you are OK!!
October 30th, 2013, 08:44 AM #5
I believe mythbusters proved that driving when really tired is worse then driving drunk. But they are both equally bad.
October 30th, 2013, 09:12 AM #6
I think this has happened to all of us at one time. It is scary and I am thankful that nobody got hurt. We push ourselves sometimes over the limit which is stupid. Take your time everything will be fine.
Last edited by Ice24; October 30th, 2013 at 09:17 AM.
October 30th, 2013, 09:16 AM #7
For me, the signs to pull over is when I start looking at the side of the road to distract the wanting to doze, or opening and closing my eyes to try ward off the sleepiness.
October 30th, 2013, 10:11 AM #8
Dang, that is scary. Glad to hear you are okay and no one else was injured!
October 30th, 2013, 11:52 AM #9
Scary. I once rode on the light rail sleepy in the morning to head to school. I figured I would listen to music to keep awake.
Five minute later, I was asleep, and I missed my stop by an hour, and this is considering, that people were coming in and out, and causing noise.
I don't like to think what would've happened if I was driving.
Good to hear that you're safe and nobody got hurt.
October 30th, 2013, 12:02 PM #10
Not that I condone or partake in driving drunk, but I've done so in the past. And in my opinion, it isn't REMOTELY as dangerous or scary as driving tired.
Granted, everyone is different, and some common road hindrances that make some drivers completely useless like talking on a cell phone or being drunk are perfectly manageable for others. With that said, I don't think ANYONE can drive well through extreme fatigue.
Glad you are okay. Cool that you are taking a "life is precious" stance, and I hope that sticks with you; but when it wears off (it almost always wears off), don't forget the applicable lesson in all of this that you should never drive when exhausted.