2010-08-09 Dozing While Driving

Safety Alert Type: 
Northern Interior Region-Peace District-Alaska Highway 200km
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
Company Name: 
McElhanney Consulting Services
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

When travelling from the worksite at the end of the day to return to camp, the driver of a rental vehicle apparently nodded off and the right front and right rear wheels crossed the FOG (shoulder) line of the highway.  The passenger (a student recently hired for the summer) roused the driver, who was able to correct the steering and return the vehicle to the proper position on the highway.  The passenger offered to drive instead, but the driver (who was their senior) maintained he was OK to drive.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

Do not drive if you are feeling tired enough that you think you may doze off or fall asleep while behind the wheel.  Pull over when safe and then take a nap or get out of the vehicle and take a short walk until you feel more alert.  If a passenger who is qualified offers to drive, accept their offer or give the passenger the responsibility to keep you alert.  It is not acceptable to endanger other workes and the public if you are not fit to drive

For more information on this submitted alert: 

Ralph Kossman 250-847-4040

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