Join Date: Mar 2008
My Motorhome: A Caravan of all things !!
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Over the years I have dealt with many serious (and a couple of fatal) Road Traffic Collisions where people have been driving for many hours and had " inexplicable" crashes. I say inexplicable because they (the drivers) have been unable to explain or recall what happened.
There would be a simple reason for that, they have fallen asleep at the wheel. It happens a LOT! Ask yourself how many times you have completed a journey and then been totally unable to recall the last 30 minutes. Even at 30 miles and hour that represents 15 miles. Would you drive 150 metres with your eyes shut??? Sam effect isn't it?
However it always seemed to be the "innocent" person that suffered the most in these crashes.
Many of the drivers claimed to have taken numerous breaks along their journey. That may well be true but taking a break only has a short term effect. The longer you drive in a day the more tired you become.
That's why HGV drivers have very strict driving hours legislation AND they must, by law, take extended breaks. Don't forget these are people who are driving all day every day not like us "weekend or holiday" drivers.
So to everyone and anyone I will issue a plea.
Please DONT be tempted to drive many hundreds of miles in a day in your motorhome. You may well FEEL alert but if something happens your tired brain may well not be able to react quickly enough. The older you get the slower your reaction time becomes (although you don't realise that fact)
Half a second longer to react at 50 mph equals roughly an EXTRA 11metres travelled, think how long your motorhome is and equate 11m to that. It's the difference between being able to just stop, or smashing into the back of something/running right over a small child.
By all means stay as long as you can where you want to and enjoy your holiday but DONT compromise on your, or anyone else's, safety by setting yourself an unreasonable timescale to get to your destination.
If you miss your ferry/tunnel booking it will, without doubt, be annoying and costly but, if by rushing you get involved in a crash, the cost COULD be much much greater.
Arrive alive, not "dead" on time!!!!
Its not the destination that matters.
It's who you share the journey with (even if like me, itís in a caravan!)
I am very fortunate to have Mrs Plodd to share mine with