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Aspie Exhaustion from Driving?

Many times I become completed exhausted to the point that I am dizzy and nauseous after just a few “regular” errands or tasks. It does not take a long time for my get up and go to get up and leave without me leaving so tired I could put my head down and fall asleep where ever I may be at the time.

Driving, in particular, is one of those activities that are completely overwhelming and exhausting after a relatively short time. I’m always scared of having a car accident, particularly since it makes me so tired. I told my friend about this and he told me to get a dash cam from somewhere like BlackBoxMyCar, it seems a pretty good idea actually! I don’t become as tired when I drive long distances on an interstate as I do when I am running around town making a hundred stops to do errands. My friend agrees with me, even though he recently got a fantastically comfy car thanks to a loan he found through Money Expert. Stop and go driving around town is one of the most draining activities, second probably only to a cocktail party or the like, that I can think of. Of course, if you feel too tired to drive then you should never attempt to because drowsy driving is nearly as bad as drunk driving. If you have gotten into an accident with someone who was driving while tired, you may want to look into someone like this Surrey car accident lawyer. I just get so tired after I’m done traveling.

I returned home today completed wiped out after driving my mother around to do her errands. She doesn’t drive, so that lovely job falls to me. I have standing doctor’s appointments with twice per week, and each of these appointments suck three to four hours out of my life. It is not because the appointments take that long (they are only an hour) but because my mother watches Tantrum Tot and has a list of places I must take her when I am done.

One hour of babysitting costs me my entire day. I left the house today at 11:30 to drop the little guy off and get to a noon appointment and didn’t not arrive back home until 3:30 in the afternoon—exhausted, and all I did was drive from place to place. Hell, I didn’t even get out of the car. I cannot seem to get my mother to understand how draining this activity is for me, nor do I think it would phase her in the least but I suppose that is beside the point.

Part of the problem with here is that I tend to remain exhausted for hours AFTER the driving is done, and I relaxing. Many times I wind up with overload headaches, and need to lie down but I am never feel quite “right” for the rest of the day.

I think that there are many such activities that are so completely draining to those of on the spectrum, things like driving, and running errands, that confound others. They cannot seem to grasp the magnitude of energy something as simple as driving to five different places, in traffic; to run errands takes out of us.

I know that when I am becoming exhausted, and overloaded my driving becomes less than exemplary, which I wrote about here.

Does anyone else find that driving leaves you completely exhausted?

Jeannie Davide-Rivera

Jeannie is an award-winning author, the Answers.com Autism Category Expert, contributes to Autism Parenting Magazine, and the Thinking Person's Guide to Autism. She lives in New York with her husband and four sons, on the autism spectrum.