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post #11 of 18 (permalink) Old 03-10-2017, 07:38
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We do 300– 360 a day going to and from Spain but that is two of us sharing the driving.
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I set off home from the Pyrenees over a week ago. I reckon on three weeks to get to Calais.
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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!!!!

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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
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post #14 of 18 (permalink) Old 03-10-2017, 13:28
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Got to agree with the above. We’re all different, and we are all diff ages....when younger, i’d Think nothing of going to S of France in one hit. Even in a MH.
Not now. Apart from the fact that there is no need for me to do it one go...I don’t have to worry about 2 weeks holiday and getting as far as I can ....I do recognise that I get tired....
So leave early stop by midday, 4. hours max is my rule....( that’s 400km on motorways....)

I have an acquaintance down here( I cannot say friend as I don’t like the guy...) but he regularly does Algarve to Innsbruck in 2 days...in a MH ....that’s over 2500km in 2 days....madness...he doesn’t even sleep...he “catnaps” for an hour or two and then goes on.
I’ve told him to let me know when he’s going ....so I can be as far from the roads he’s driving on as poss. He can kill himself if he wants but to take out a holidaying family because of his stupidity...would be tragic......
He’s 70 y.o.a. ...what IS the point of that....?????and despite being a rich man, he don’t like paying tolls...so uses back roads!!
Irresponsible madness I call it.......
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I understand what everyone is saying

But we have no idea how old the prisoner is, and I'm sure he isn't stupid

I wouldn't want to do it , neither would Albert but we are 73, and if we did then I could be sure Albert wouldn't fall asleep at the wheel or drive throwing caution to the wind

So maybe we should assume neither would the prisoner

Sorry I dont know his name

Hopefully he will go easy on himself and take the opportunity to change his tunnel ticket

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I understand what everyone is saying

But we have no idea how old the prisoner is, and I'm sure he isn't stupid

I wouldn't want to do it , neither would Albert but we are 73, and if we did then I could be sure Albert wouldn't fall asleep at the wheel or drive throwing caution to the wind

So maybe we should assume neither would the prisoner

Sorry I dont know his name

Hopefully he will go easy on himself and take the opportunity to change his tunnel ticket

Sandra
In light of all comments, and particularly yours Sandra, we have changed our tunnel ticket. We will now have a three day adventure and no stress. I also have a happy wife and that's the main thing.

By the way, I'm 56 and my name is Tom. I have been called stupid in the past though.
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See, just a youngster,

I'm glad you gave yourself a bit more time and less stress for the both of you

And now you know how easy it is to change a tunnel booking at either end of your holiday

Sandra
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A good decision Tom, well done.
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