Yeah, it scares me to see people doing that.
I even shout at Josh when he's stuck in non-moving traffic for sending me a text to let me know he'll be late because of the non-moving traffic! Under no circumstances should you use a phone on the road. Leave it for a minute and pull over I say. It'll keep the number of whoever rang you so there's no need to answer it straight away.
I'll admit to sending SMSs whilst driving, but I press the buttons at a rate of about 1 every 5 seconds. Still not acceptable I know, but sometimes necessary when I'm picking up Caroline from work. I now use the template facility, which reduces sending an SMS to about 5 keypresses.
My personal gripe is towards people who use a mobile phone for voice calls, and weave all over the road, but don't think they're doing anything wrong. I will only take a call if I know it is urgent, and only with a handsfree kit.
Maybe that makes me a hypocrite? I don't know.
I don't think it makes you a hypocrite.
You've just set limits on what you'll do regarding using a mobile in your car.
I can't drive, have never tried to learn to drive, but I know I struggle concentrating on 2 things at once sometimes and I know that if it was me, I couldn't have a conversation on a mobile, whilst driving and still be concentrating on the road. Other people are different.
narrrrrr not a hypocrite, just a normal sensable bloke
I hate the people that basically live on the mobile phone and use it all the time while driving thats the one that get me. Get a hands free kit people thats the whole reason why they make them and most of the time give them with the phone for free anyway.
And even then if the call is goign to take a long time to take then pull it over or end the call til you can take it better
That may be a bit harsh on him... unless he likes the punishment :-)
Josh loves punishment! LOL
I know exactly what u are saying m8. On friday night I nearly hit someone in my bus cause they where on the phone and wasnt paying attention to the road. I blocked them in and got out and told them it was F-ing dangerous being on the phone like that. She just looked at me and said it was her bf and that they where having an argument. I couldnt believe it and I just didnt have anything to say after that, I just got back in my bus and shook my head and went.
I almost wiped her out too and everyone on the bus commented when I got to the end of the route how good a driver I was for missing her and that I should have hit her and they would have been witnesses for me against her.
Man I see it all the time and it always shocks me when I see people doing it. I do txt sometimes when driving but I always try to wait til I have stopped somewhere in traffic first before doing it.
I never answer the phone if it rings but most of the time I use the hands free kit if I do but even then I try to pull over or make the conversation short as possible
I dont believe that people should take calls even with a hands free. It scares me.
I admit to sending text messages while being on the motorway - but I haven't sent one since that big accident that was on the news a couple of months back. I just cant, after seeing those images of the cars. I stop at services now, and keep my phone well out of reach.
yup like the guy who was so warpped up in his phone conversation this morning.. he mist took a turn to a side street mounted the pavement and narrowly missed me and a few others..
when he realised what he'd done.. he back up retook the corner and all the while still on the phone!
I felt like kicking his car but I may have hurt my foot..
2002-05-15 07:37 am (UTC)
foolish American question
What's a boffin?
Im guilty of driving and texting, I do try and use handsfree kit if I have to use phone in car.
But I think texting is prob more dangerous though even though I do it.
But i can text without looking at the phone (yes im sad, yes i text a lot around 1000 a month!)
I use a handsfree set if I need to take a long call on the road (which I rarely do). But you know, a short call on my cell is a hell of a lot less distracting than an intensive convo with someone in the car. I know a lot of people say the same, but what are they going to do, outlaw talking to the driver?
I'm not one of those people who's on the phone constantly in her car -- I will just make short "I'm on my way" calls or whatever. But I don't agree with all the "findings" either.
we passed someone on the way back home this afternoon on the M40. Prat was hogging the middle lane at 120mph whilst yabbering on his mobile (no hands-free of course)
2002-05-16 09:38 pm (UTC)
Wat!!??? Ya mean my best friend really shouldn't call me and talk for hours as he drives expidited freight all night, eating, smoking a ciggie, drinking coffee and answering his little computer messages? After all, he DOES have a knee to drive with... and it's ok til he has to read a map... LOL
Damn... he ought to be the poster boy for "safe" driving practices! BUT he DOES use the hands free (at least for the cell phone) - does that count? And we DO live in the US, so he's driving for many miles on open freeway, not on small twisty windy roads. And he used to be a Grand Prix race car driver (though ya have to wonder what late nights do for the reflexes, he does have an excellent driving record).