Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Driver Fatigue and Turning Suggestions

Welcome back to the discussion with the author, James K Glaspy, of the textbook titled Driver's Safety, for constant use in all conditions. I had intended to discuss here the section titled Danger Spots on Roads, however, I have instead by request decided to mention two other equally and very important points covered in the text. These topics are Fatigue, and Turning Suggestions, mentioned on pages sixty seven and sixty nine. If you have already read the text it will be clear to you by now, that the book is entirely centered on accident avoidance and fatigue management, and therefore, if you have not yet viewed the book, some of these points mentioned much later in the text may seem difficult to grasp.

In the section titled Fatigue, suggestions in the text include, the driver considering the options of avoiding the consumption of bread and flour based foods prior to, and while, driving, as the digestion of “these foods may leave you feeling tired and sleepy - usually twenty to thirty minutes after consumption.” (p67, Driver's Safety). Constant consumption of fresh cool water, sipping every few minutes, is also a very effective and available weapon, in combating a vicious attack, from the overwhelming symptoms associated with the driving sickness fatigue. Applied together, and with the other suggestions in the text, including the section titled Safety Suggestions, which includes options the driver may observe in regards to placing the vehicle in the safest part of the traveling lane, usually close to the side, and keeping it precisely there at all times, only moving near the middle of the road when avoiding traffic on the side. Also in Safety Suggestions are options the driver may consider when placing the vehicle a safe distance from the vehicle in front of your vehicle when following. Observing closely and methodically these important suggestions, the driver can manage fatigue far more safely and effectively.

It is also very important to note, that while identifying and researching the common concept of this driver illness called fatigue, where the driver becomes tired and sleepy, sometimes within minutes of entering the vehicle, and in some instances are almost unable to move their arms or legs, and balance on the very edge of consciousness, an interesting observation was made. To recreate the exact same effects of fatigue on demand and immediately, inside the cabin of a stationary vehicle with the engine running fast and the windows closed, various parts of the hot engine had to be lightly doused with fresh motor oil, and those hot oil fumes then drawn into the cabin, through the vehicles own fresh air ventilation system. Escaping hot oil fumes from within the the engine block, from a loose fitting oil level stick, or a loose oil cap, or an open blow-by pipe, will also be drawn into the cabin, through the vehicles own fresh air ventilation system. This observation suggests that the vehicle should always be driven with the windows at least partially down, to ensure a constant flow of fresher cleaner air is always entering the cabin of the vehicle, to assist the driver in avoiding the effects of fatigue.

In the section titled Turning Suggestions the text includes options the driver may observe when entering and turning at intersections. Also included is a description of the repeated observations that can be made to ensure the way is clear when crossing other lanes, and when entering traffic at all intersections.

Thanks for reading, see you next post.

James K Glaspy
Author of Driver's Safety: Danger Spot and Speed Manual

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