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View Poll Results: I sleep / powernap in a car driven by another person:
Very frequently 12 2.86%
Frequently 21 5.01%
Sometimes 75 17.90%
Rarely 168 40.10%
Never 143 34.13%
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Old 27th May 2017, 16:51   #61
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That luxury was never / shall never be available to me, because I am always the driver, no matter what and whose the car is. So voted for the option "Never".

Slow acceleration + Slower speeds (80-90) + lot of engine braking + less use of brakes + non stop driving = always on duty behind the wheels. The ladies and the elderly gents in my close family prefer this way and therefore it assures that I am always the one driving.

On the rare occasion that I am not driving, I prefer to take the seat next to the driver and stay wide awake, trying to control the driver. Somehow, I am very much uncomfortable with sudden braking.
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Old 27th May 2017, 16:54   #62
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I follow a strict 'No-Sleeping-In-The-Front-Passanger-Seat' policy whenever i travel in a car. This holds true irrespective of whether it's me who's driving or someone else!
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Old 27th May 2017, 17:58   #63
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I follow a no sleeping policy in the font seat of any car. If I am the only passenger in the car, I make it a point to stay awake and engage the driver in a conversation.
If, however, I am not the only passenger and there are others in the car who are awake, I do not mind squeezing in a power-nap.
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Old 27th May 2017, 19:16   #64
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Don't you think this poll will have biased results? We're a group of BHPians who care about cars and how they're being driven.

On road trips, I've taken the front seat from the age of 12 and 10 years later, I'm always in the front seat. We have a rule at home that the co-driver never sleeps.

I'll may also add that age and energy levels are on my side and our family rarely does road trips longer than 8 hours.

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Old 28th May 2017, 01:48   #65
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Voted: Rarely

It's hard for me to sleep willingly when I'm not in the driver's seat. But off-late, my early work hours have taught me to take those precious naps (only if the cabbie drives well enough to let me have them).

I hate being interrupted while I'm driving & I follow the same when someone else is driving. But I keep an eye on erratic cabbies coz occasionally they tend to doze off on the wheel due to extended work hours.
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Old 28th May 2017, 13:21   #66
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I voted for ""NEVER".

Two things in my case:

1. I just cant sleep when I am in a car on a drive - be it self-driven or driven by someone else. BTW, nobody else drives my car other than me

2. If I feel too sleepy, then I take a good refreshing break and once better, continue the drive
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Old 28th May 2017, 19:57   #67
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Quote:
Originally Posted by SS-Traveller View Post
If you are not driving, can you fall asleep in a moving car?]
I've got highway runs 2-4 times a week. Been firing drivers of late because they can't match up to my criteria of allowing me to sleep. I guess it's OCD of living and loving to drive!

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If anybody needs a good driver let me know as I happen to know he is looking for a job.
What's the location please?
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Old 29th May 2017, 00:15   #68
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If it's friends and family, I happily doze off. Specially if it's a morning travel since I am no early bird 😂. But more often than not I remain fidgety, wanting to take the steering in my hand. It just makes me feel a lot more in control. That said, if I have to doze off with friends and family, prefer doing it on the backseat
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Never.

I've nodded off a number of times with a pal at the wheel only to wake up with a jolt asking myself, how or why on earth did I nod off. Even if the legend Jackie Stewart was driving me around in the safest car in the world, I much rather be awake and watch the road. Off course, you want to be awake here cause you have a driving legend beside you but you get the drift.

I get extremely nervous when sitting in the front passenger seat while belting down a highway or even a close over take of a vehicle at city speeds. My body tightens up for every overtake or cut in the road. I would have be going equally fast too if I were at the wheel. Anxiety gets the better of me.

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Old 29th May 2017, 08:48   #70
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On all the long trips, I have always been the driver. My wife or son is in the co-drivers seat and whoever is there, usually never sleep. They act as an additional road guide which is very helpful because you always have an extra pair of eyes on the lookout for you.
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Old 29th May 2017, 09:38   #71
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I will give a different perspective from the driver's seat. I am quite OK, if I am driving and being accompanied by my father or wife in passenger's seat and they doze off.

I totally understand that accompanying a driver without much activity is quite taxing on ones alertness. Lately, my better half gets embarrassed if she catches a wink and to avoid such a situation she occupies herself with 'CJ' (Car Jockey) and Navigation duties.
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Old 29th May 2017, 12:52   #72
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Voted for 'Never'.
First of all, I don't like being Driven by some one else.
As far as possible, I ensure, I only drive my rides. Short or long drives.

Use taxi's only in un avoidable circumstances.
That too for short drives within the city.

Even, if I am driven, will try to ensure I am in the front or rear left passenger seat to keep a tab on the driver's condition.

This helped two to three times when the driver started dozing off in morning city traffic, due to his continuous night duty.
Asked him to wash his face and take a tea break before resuming the journey, even if it was within the city.
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Old 29th May 2017, 15:41   #73
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I never hand over the steering wheel on my car to anyone else.
However when travelling in a cab/ taxi, I tend to observe the driver closely. If I find the driver to be driving in a sane manner I try to catch up the manner in which he negotiates the highway viz., when he up shifts/ down shifts, how he plans an overtake maneuver, what measures he take while ascending on a ghat, etc, and pick up those which impresses me.

I tend to sleep if, I am feeling sickness, did not have adequate sleep earlier, or the driver seems to be using techniques that I am familiar with, or have had a big day in office.
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Old 30th May 2017, 04:42   #74
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Never

I am not sure why, but 90% of the time I open my car I always feel like the polar bear featured in Halls advertisement who just gets refreshed each and every time by opening your car. Below is the reference pic

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My eyes are all wide open, my ears starts loving the songs which I never listen during my leisure time, anyone can sleep while I am driving as I am in a different world where I start communicating with my car.

I just notice each and every minute detail when any other person is driving, you get to learn a whole lot of ideas and techniques which they use. I wouldn't say all are helpful but each and every journey as a co passenger surely does teach you a lot and I do not intend on missing that for a 30 minute sleep.
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Old 30th May 2017, 04:51   #75
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+1 to the 'No sleeping if you're riding shotgun' rule. Someone needs to be awake to keep the driver company or ensure he's not drifting off to sleep or speeding/driving rashly. Sleeping in the rear seat is perfectly acceptable as long as you are buckled in. I make sure all passengers have their seat belts on. I rarely sit in the passengers seat, even more rarely in the rear, hence the answer 'Rarely'.
Also, I never lend my car to anyone else unless I'm too tired to drive, which is highly unlikely. I feel most comfortable in a car when I'm driving myself.
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