fall asleep at the wheel

fall asleep at the wheel

To fail to attend to one's responsibilities or duties; to be inattentive to that which is important or for which one is responsible. Johnson was supposed to make sure the paperwork went through before the deadline, but it looks like he fell asleep at the wheel. Our goalkeeper is such a nincompoop. We would have won that match if he hadn't fallen asleep at the wheel!
See also: asleep, fall, wheel
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Endlessly-long, straight highways and fasting during Ramadan are two reasons why motorists in the UAE fall asleep at the wheel and crash, authors of a new report have said.
OBESE drivers are more likely to fall asleep at the wheel because of a breathing condition, warns an expert.
Let them fall asleep at the wheel and they're worth $100,000.
MORE than 300,000 drivers may have a sleep disorder that could make them fall asleep at the wheel, say researchers.
If you fall asleep at the wheel you are twice as likely to die or suffer serious injury because a sleeping driver does not react before a crash.
3 million drivers may fall asleep at the wheel every year; Between 1am and 4am is when drivers are most likely to fall asleep at the wheel.
Hours of sleep and working conditions significantly impact the probability that a driver will fall asleep at the wheel.
He claimed a sleeping disorder caused him to fall asleep at the wheel of his Chevy Blazer, and that he had not been drinking.
Ropinirole is associated with the sudden onset of sleepiness and the drug caused her to fall asleep at the wheel.
The Association of British Drivers claims motorists are forced to drive so slowly that they fall asleep at the wheel.
The father-of-four has submitted documents which argue he did not fall asleep at the wheel but crashed the car after a rear tyre burst.
But he added: 'I definitely did not fall asleep at the wheel.
DRIVERS who fall asleep at the wheel cause at least 1,500 accidents a year in Scotland.
If you fall asleep at the wheel you are 50 per cent more likely to die or suffer serious injury because a sleeping driver does not react before a crash.
Men under 30 are the most likely to fall asleep at the wheel in the early hours of the morning because they are more likely to drive when they feel tired.