• Five signs that you can not go on

    1. You notice the moment of blinking

    This is the most explicit and unambiguous criterion. Try to remember the moment when you last blinked? That's the same thing! The fact is that in the normal state a person does not notice at all the moment when he blinks. It happens how fast that just does not pay attention. But when it becomes obvious, then we are not talking about the usual blinking, but about the beginning of the shutdown - immediately to the side!

    2. Optical illusion

    The figures on the side of the road seem to be something one from a distance, and when approaching they either turn out to be something completely different or disappear altogether. This is the borderline stage: the eyes are still open, but the brain no longer has time to process all the incoming information - it is already sleeping! Another couple of minutes, and the consciousness completely off.

    3. Vision does not have time to focus

    I try to turn my gaze from the road to the devices, and immediately return it back to the road. What was the mileage there? Once again: a moment on the devices, and again on the road. In a normal state, vision can reconstruct itself, and everything is perfectly visible.But if you fall asleep, then the look becomes glass, the eyes do not have time to adapt to the conditions, it becomes impossible to look at the devices with one quick glance, and immediately take the necessary readings.

    4. Laziness to strain the brain

    Try to multiply 18 by 3. In the normal state, this is not a problem. But a person who is falling asleep is not that difficult ... he doesn’t need this. Vpalu even begin. For the same reason, too lazy to talk. Because for this you need to strain, keep in mind the thread of conversation, choose words. By the way, any verbal communication does a good job for the brain, so the first thing: whoever talks, he will not fall asleep; and secondly: if there is silence in the cabin, it means that everyone will be cut down soon. At this point, too, it is time to stop, although it seems that you can still go. This is exactly what happened to the guys (according to the registrar): first there was silence in the cabin, and after a while an accident. By the way, not just idle talk is most invigorating, but conversations on some exciting topics, whether it be sex, politics or some holivar. So we stock up on the track with sick themes.

    5. Minor violations

    Two or three times in a row forgot to switch to your neighbor? It's time to sleep.Can't remember the last traffic sign? And the penultimate? None? Sleep! Stopping flashing yellow? On the green? Well, you understand ...And the bonus is an express test for the passenger, how unobtrusively to check the driver for drowsiness.The chip is that it's useless to ask: "Listen, are you okay?". The answer will always be the same: “In order.”. Instead, you need to ask him some questions that require reflection, or mindfulness. For example: “Where are we now? What kind of town did you drive through? ”, Or“ How much do we have left until ... ”, and even better is something more complicated, like:“ What do you think is better to give <name of mutual friend> for birthday? ” And if the answers seem too simple, or inadequate - it's time to change. And if the patient is more likely to live, then to become better, it is advisable to start with him about something to argue. Though about high matters, even stupidly to troll him - don't care. The main thing is that during the heated debate, it is impossible to fall asleep physically, it is checked.

    Generally,main rule: the brain does not turn off immediately, it turns off gradually. As a freezing computer, it first works at 100%, then at 50%, then at 25% and then bang - it is already hanging.It is quite possible to catch this transition from 100% to 50%, if you know what to look for and how to check. And you need to look for any laziness and check yourself for the inhibition of consciousness.

    And yet the question remains: if I can control myself, is it enough for safe driving over long distances alone? Honestly, not sure. The trick is that together with the dullness of consciousness, the feeling of fear is dulled. That is, you understand that you fall asleep, according to all the criteria of a sane person, you are already, in fact, close to death, and you realize this, but you are not at all afraid at this moment! Because the brain is almost asleep. And it seems: “Just think, I will drive another XX km to the nearest XXX, and then I will sleep / change”. So all these signs, of course, are good, especially when you go alone. And we must try not to bring them, and if at least one of them comes, immediately stop. But it is more necessary than sufficient security condition. The only option in which I am 100% sure, I see, plus all this, a ride with a partner and constant conversations. It's not so much to stay awake, as to constantly control each other (see.Clause 4): the conversation subsided - both sleep. Yes, this is a very tough rule. But, for example, when we went to the Around the World, there were four of us, and we easily followed it. Recently, I have become more and more often to hammer on him, sometimes because of the lack of interlocutors, and sometimes already just like that. But apparently in vain. Life, damn it, can show how to do it. It's foolish not to learn. Take care of yourself.

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