I do a lot of driving and there are times I find it difficult to stay awake and focused. Have you ever experienced sleepiness behind the wheel? Then you have probably tried many of the same tricks to stay awake that I have: rolling down the windows in the car, turning on the radio, or turning on the air conditioner full blast, even in the winter. The best one I have ever heard, but never attempted, is to hold a $100 dollar bill in your hand and then stick your hand out the window! While those tricks may work for some people, I know they don’t work for me.. I have even tried putting the music on maximum volume, but I am amazed at how I can zone off even with loud music and air cold enough to turn my lips blue. What I will usually do is get out of the car at a rest area or truck stop. While that helps, safe areas to stop in are not always available. Rest areas can be isolated, so you have to be extremely wary of potential predators.
I once had the unfortunate experience of falling asleep behind the wheel. I was almost home after visiting a friend who lived 45 miles away. I was only one exit away when I nodded off. My car drifted off onto the dirt shoulder, which startled me and when I opened my eyes all I saw was a row of trees ahead of me. I panicked, and over corrected which caused me to spin out across four lanes of an interstate highway. It’s funny what you think about when you believe you are in your last few seconds of life. I prayed “Lord please take care of my children and please don’t let me hurt anyone because this was my fault.” Thankfully my vehicle stopped just inches from the guard rail. The amazing thing was that in the area I spun out, there was an extra lane that ran for about 100 feet used by the highway patrol to make u-turns. If I had spun out 100 feet further back or forward, I might not be here to tell the story.
It is something I never want to experience again, but I understand how easily it can happen.
The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that approximately 100,000 police-reported crashes annually (about 1.5% of all crashes) involve drowsiness/fatigue as a principal casual factor. Now, there is an effective way to stay awake when you are driving. The Nap Alarm is a device that detects when your head nods and will sound an alarm. You place it over your ear. The alarm is loud enough to wake you and can alert other passengers of your condition. Besides drivers, the Nap Alarm is ideal for anyone who needs to stay fully alert: machine operators. The Nap Alarm is not only designed for drivers, it is also perfect for people who need to be fully alert while on duty, for example, security guards, heavy machine operators, and students who are studying for exam.s.