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I am drowsy when I drive


I am burning my candle at both ends. I stay up late to write, and I wake up early to write.  I have fallen asleep at my keyboard in the middle of typing.

I am living in the middle of my candle. The wax is melting at both ends, and there is not very much wax left in the middle of the candle.  I don’t get enough sleep at night. I am tired during the day. I feel drowsy when I am driving.

I have drank caffeine to stay awake while I drove, played  music loud, rolled down the windows to get fresh air, pinched myself in the arm, slapped myself in the face, and poured my water bottle down my back. I thought I could always handle my drowsiness when I drove. I had never  fallen asleep.  I didn’t realize how dangerous driving while you were tired was until last summer.

I was driving home on the back roads by myself when I drifted into the oncoming lane. I had fallen asleep for a few seconds. I was greatful there were no other cars on the road.  I kept driving as I was only a few blocks from home. The friend I was suppose to see later that afternoon was understanding when I cancelled our appointment. I took a nap.

I will have to choose which end of my candle to burn, and I will follow the guidelines I read at Driving Drowsy.org. I give them full credit.  I really have to take better care of myself. I could kill someone.

1.  Stop driving
2.  Take a nap
3. Drink a caffeinated beverage.
4. Be aware of rumble strips. 

November 12-18, 2012 is Drowsy Driving Prevention Week. 





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My name is Pamela Hodges. I am a writer and an artist. I write to encourage and to bring laughter. I paint cats, draw cartoons and write books for children and grown ups.

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  • That is the most horrible feeling – trying to stay awake behind the wheel. This is such a good reminder why it is so dangerous – thank you. And you take care!

    • pamelahodges

      Thank you for your concern. I really do need to go to bed earlier. I went to bed at a decent hour last night, and am now up early writing. A nice quiet time of the day.

  • Important message! I didn’t know there was a prevention week for drowsy driving, but, having lost a cousin as a result of her burning her candle on both ends helping her daughter plan and celebrate a wedding and then trying to drive back home the same day of the wedding (so she could be back teaching her class the next day), I believe in it.

    Put one end of your candle in a candle holder and keep it there! And for good measure, have a candle snuffer nearby to put the flame out as needed.

    • pamelahodges

      Diane, I am so sorry your cousin died. Drowsy driving is so dangerous. I put my candle in a candle holder and am only burning only one end of it now. Early to bed and early to rise.

  • Elsie

    Pamela, what are you doing? Please take care and put out the flame on that candle. Too many need you.

    • pamelahodges

      Oh Elsie, I cried when I read what you wrote. I also stayed home and didn’t drive and went to bed early.
      Thank you for caring.

  • terje

    This was a scary experience for you. Take care. Not just on the road. Everywhere.

    • pamelahodges

      Thank you Terje, I will be more careful, and get a good nights sleep.