asleep at the wheel


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asleep at the wheel

Failing to attend to one's responsibilities or duties; not doing or paying attention 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 was asleep at the wheel. We would have won if our goalie hadn't fallen asleep at the wheel!
See also: asleep, wheel

asleep at the wheel

not attentive or alert; inactive. informal
The image here is of falling asleep while driving a car. A North American variant is asleep at the switch , which refers to the points lever or switch on a railway.
2003 Guardian Rowling has not been asleep at the wheel in the three years since the last Potter novel, and I am pleased to report that she has not confused sheer length with inspiration.
See also: asleep, wheel

asleep at the ˈwheel

(especially British English) (American English usually asleep at the ˈswitch) (informal) not paying attention to possible problems: The agency has been asleep at the wheel and has failed to enforce regulations.
This refers to someone falling asleep while driving a car or while operating a control on a train track.
See also: asleep, wheel
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Those who violated HOS regulations were also more likely to fall asleep at the wheel.
Simple behaviors can help reduce your risk for falling asleep at the wheel.
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The former England U21 player stopped for a coffee, but it wasn't enough to prevent him falling asleep at the wheel travelling along the A6 at Furness Vale in Derbyshire.
The report recommends that drivers should be educated about the risk of falling asleep at the wheel," said Al Houqani, who is consultant of internal medicine, respirology and sleep medicine at UAE University's medical faculty.
Insp Tim Dale, head of the motorway police in West Yorkshire, said: "Falling asleep at the wheel can have terrible consequences.
RESEARCH by esure motor insurance warns that more than 300,000 drivers may be suffering from a sleep disorder that could put them in danger of falling asleep at the wheel, posing a huge threat to safety on our roads.
MORE than 300,000 drivers may have a sleep disorder that could make them fall asleep at the wheel, say researchers.
A bulgarian lorry driver has pleaded guilty to dangerous driving after falling asleep at the wheel in broad daylight.
A German trucker who died when his 44-tonne articulated lorry swerved off the A1 road in Northumberland almost certainly fell asleep at the wheel, an inquest heard yesterday.
Alicia Espinoza, 66, and Jorge Cardenas, 19, both residents of Mazatlan, Mexico, died after being thrown from a Chevrolet Suburban driven by 41-year-old Maria Simancas, who apparently fell asleep at the wheel, said Officer John Lutz of the Highway Patrol.
As many as one in five crashes on motorways or similar roads, and one in 10 across the road network, come as a result of drivers falling asleep at the wheel.
A mutual acquaintance introduced them to academics at the Loughborough Sleep Research Centre who had been working on a gadget to alert drivers in danger of falling asleep at the wheel.
Ten per cent of women admit to having fallen asleep at the wheel in the last two years.
MORE than three million people are risking their lives by falling asleep at the wheel, according to new research.