As I was driving five hours with a van of teens and an adult leader who could influence them for Christ, I thought of my trips from college and long trips to Delaware. Too many involved me being tired yet determined to make it to my destination. There were times I would look at the road and realize a mile or more had passed and I had somehow missed it. I knew I needed a break.
If you were riding along and the driver was falling asleep you wouldn’t ignore it. You would hit them in the arm and yell, “Stay Awake! Be Alert!” You want them awake so they can pay attention to the road and control the vehicle. You want them alert to cars around them, deer and dangers that could come up suddenly. An unalert driver is a potential danger to themselves and others around them.