Re: Jacuzzi Bus IV
In my younger days, I once saw a Stegosaurus grazing in a field alongside the Interstate when I was driving solo through the mountains at about 4 AM. There were no other cars on the road to confirm it though. I couldn't have been up more than 40 hours at the time.
Edit: Seriously, though, you're lucky to have a bus. Recent studies show sleepy drivers are more dangerous than drunks.
My "wake up call" was the sound of glass shattering during a different all-nighter. I was 15-20 minutes from my sleep stop-over, so I was pushing it. When I heard the sound, I could't figure out what it was. A voice in my head finally told me I was driving and had an accident. Vibration told me I was still moving, and had better get my eyes open and stop before a tree or something else did it for me. It seemed like it took forever to get them open. It turns out I had drifted into the right guide rail, and a construction sign frame clamped on top folded the right-side mirror through the window glass. The van had a few scrapes, bent antenna, and the window and mirror glass were gone. I had pieces of safety glass at my feet and down my shirt. I was very lucky.
Studies show that coffee, Red Bull, music, and cold air don't really work all that well. Real sleep is the only prevention for "micro-sleep." Nowadays, I pull over and sleep, or share driving with another driver.
Someone said "Making good decisions comes from experience, experience comes from bad decisions." I say there are three kinds of people: those who learn from their mistakes, those who learn from the mistakes of others, and those who never learn.