Last edited by cheeeeesecake; 03-03-2014 at 20:33.
Last edited by cheeeeesecake; 03-03-2014 at 20:32.
.... I'm going to surprise you all and be hardline with this one. I don't think there is any excuse for driving when you are so extremely fatigued you have the equivalent of a 0.05+ blood alcohol level. You are basically putting innocent people's lives at risk for your own personal convenience and that is not something you have the right to do.
There are plenty of alternatives for 99.9% of scenarios. It just takes some self reflection, brainstorming, creativity, thinking outside of the box and ability to have some perspective/not panic when something 'important' gets postponed.
- do bulk shops (stock up for a few weeks/month at a time).
- online grocery deliveries
- keep longlife milk in the cupboard
- have something other than bread or toast for brekky
- catch a bus
- tell your hubby to pull their finger out and pick up milk on the way home/push for time off during the day to help with that appointment
- change that appointment
- call a friend to help
- just stay home
- get a taxi (discount vouchers are available to people in certain situations)
- catch the free courtesy bus to the local club for 'lunch' then do a runner when you get there
- go to bed at 8pm when bub does, so even if your sleep is broken you can still get a decent amount. Stuff the housework and get take-away for dinner or have tinned soup
- have a back up plan for getting kids to school (walk, bus, carer, friend, other mum) or arrange to get work sent to the house. Ask the school for help if it is an ongoing problem.
Last edited by VicPark; 15-11-2013 at 16:44.
I agree that driving with significant fatigue should be avoided except in exceptional circumstances.
But normal tiredness? I think that is part and parcel of every day life (yes - even for non-parents) and it's not really any different to talking to a passenger or singing along to the radio.
Thankfully, my 3 babies have all generally been good sleepers, with a few rough patches or 5am wake ups, but there is nothing that makes me feel better than getting out of the house.
I've never been that sleep deprived as described by pp's, but honestly? I don't know if I can say with 100% certainty that I wouldn't drive in those circumstances. Best thing that makes me feel better after a rough night is going to the gym and going hard. Feel energised for the rest of the day.
I know it's fiction but did anyone see Redfern Now last night?
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