Passengers napping while you’re driving is a huge compliment. Like, they trust you enough to believe that they can sleep and will wake up alive later, as you’re maneuvering a fast hunk of steel amongst other fast hunks of steel.

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Or they figure they’d rather not see death coming.


Sleeping on long car rides is a form of time travel.


This is actually one of my favorite feelings. Driving a car full of sleepers. Just seems to bring out a maternal mood. “I’m gonna get all you sweet babies home safe and tuck you into bed.” I coo into the rear view mirror as my 37 year old brother, and his 40 year old wife snore away. Edit: OH WOW!! Thanks for the silver I’ve never had a comment get that!


Maybe they’re just pretending to sleep to avoid making small talk.


The end result of this very common practice is that sometimes, you wake up after a crash with no clue what happened. I’m a retired police officer- and there’s a woman who woke up from a nap in the front passenger seat of a minivan, on her way home from playing cards with friends in Sarasota Florida- who dozed off right before the crash happened in Punta Gorda on Us-41… It was one of the worst I’d ever seen. She lost her entire right arm just below the shoulder when the frame of the van directly beside her got ripped off when the (drunk) driver she was riding with, struck a large wood-back fruit picking truck that was off the road on the breakdown lane at about 65mph. The side and top of the van peeled open like a can- and then flipped 6 times- ejecting and killing the farthest rear passenger who wasn’t wearing a seatbelt. I arrived on scene, first, well ahead of any other first responders- I was, unfortunately, just in time to watch the man in the median take his last breath. He had bounced across the street on his back(and back of his head) 6 times before coming to a final rest in the median. He hadn’t been wearing his seatbelt. The driver was out walking around talking on a cell phone. I didn’t even realize at first that he was involved in the crash. Despite having just killed a man – and a woman being trapped in his overturned, crushed vehicle- he didn’t even bother to TRY to get any help for those people. He wasn’t on the phone with 911… He called a LAWYER. The napping woman was trapped, upside down, with her right arm missing, in the remnants of the crushed van- bleeding out from her missing arm – and we couldn’t see her or get to her – because of the condition of the van. She was removed via the jaws of life, stabalized, and airlifted to Fort Myers hospital. I was SHOCKED to find out she survived. After all- a witness at one point found part of her arm and handed it to me on scene. That was … A unique experience. Eye opening. Not something that happens to you every day. Also, she was making those “death noises” when I was kneeling beside the van with my flashlight trying to even see WHERE in the wreckage she even was. It was BAD. I have never had any ability to nap in a vehicle since working that crash.