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Thai road carnage: "Hardworking" minivan driver wakes up to the sound of his screaming passengers

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3 hours ago, poloshirt said:

Thai drivers eat lots of rice, also sticky rice, tapioca, yam, all these foods make you not just sleepy but very sleepy.

The Thai government should try out the experiment to test if this is true.

I find that if I drive long distance I will eat very little for the start of the journey and when the break time comes after almost 2 hours driving I take a break and eat a little bit. Little bit means a quarter of what you normally eat.

I don't feel sleepy at all if I do that. It all boils down to discipline. This is what is lacking in Thai's drivers no discipline at all.

However if you eat chicken or pork(often in Thailand they do) these meat when digested turn into tryptophan which induce sleep in very short time.

   I am convinced these foods are one of the causes of sleepiness in drivers on long distance driving.

  Anybody disagree?

agree or disagree, just don't use public transport if you have any sense at all, ever.  

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7 hours ago, rooster59 said:

The noise of the impact and the subsequent screams of his passengers raised him from his slumbers. 

Good job there were not dead then, he'd still be asleep

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19 hours ago, rooster59 said:

He said that he had been working very hard and was woken up as he smashed into a parked truck-trailer. The noise of the impact and the subsequent screams of his passengers raised him from his slumbers

Absolutely terrifying these days in public transport.

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You can trust Thailand not to have laws about drivers rest times. When will the transport ministry wake up from *their* slumber ??

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18 hours ago, poloshirt said:

Thai drivers eat lots of rice, also sticky rice, tapioca, yam, all these foods make you not just sleepy but very sleepy.

The Thai government should try out the experiment to test if this is true.

I find that if I drive long distance I will eat very little for the start of the journey and when the break time comes after almost 2 hours driving I take a break and eat a little bit. Little bit means a quarter of what you normally eat.

I don't feel sleepy at all if I do that. It all boils down to discipline. This is what is lacking in Thai's drivers no discipline at all.

However if you eat chicken or pork(often in Thailand they do) these meat when digested turn into tryptophan which induce sleep in very short time.

   I am convinced these foods are one of the causes of sleepiness in drivers on long distance driving.

  Anybody disagree?

Me.. It's got nothing tho do with diet, it's about getting behind the steering wheel without enough previous sleep, and then driving god knows how many miles/hours without a break.

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So there was supposed to have been a ban on minivan public transport! Another measure that got dumped after initial announcement! Death traps 

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41 minutes ago, brianthainess said:

You can trust Thailand not to have laws about drivers rest times. When will the transport ministry wake up from *their* slumber ??

They do have laws but they are not enforced, the government and their fancy Generals are too busy sitting round tables, making up laws, but do not have the brains too do anything to enforce them, and if they do enforce any new laws, the enforcement only lasts for about 24 hours.

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yet a another Thai driver who is a total idiot !!!

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1 hour ago, pixelaoffy said:

So there was supposed to have been a ban on minivan public transport! Another measure that got dumped after initial announcement! Death traps 

Makes NO difference the size of the public transport if the driver falls asleep, a few days ago was a big Tour bus..

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Completely normal in Thailand.  They still get in them

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Posted (edited)

Happens every week in Thailand.

I stopped taking the mini vans in 2011, when I realized it could cost me my life.  Instead I bought a car, and I am the only driver. I trust myself and my driving skills over any Thai taxi driver.

Edited by balo

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On 7/5/2020 at 11:25 AM, ignis said:

Makes NO difference the size of the public transport if the driver falls asleep, a few days ago was a big Tour bus..

In Malaysia there are thousands of Vans being used as Tour Vans and School transports as well, the accident rate of vans are low I must say. I live there if you have any doubt of what I said.

It's just bad driving and under paid drivers.

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