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Cell phone use while driving - yikes


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Cell phones while driving  

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  1. 1. How much or how little do you do this?

    • Constantly
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    • A fair bit
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    • As needed
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    • Very rare
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It seems that since cell phones have taken off, driving has gotten worse. Last weekend alone, the same chick in a SUV almost nailed me as we were both turning into the curb cut for the Starbucks parking lot AND as she was maneuvering for a parking spot. I look for clarification. She was straddling the cell phone with her shoulder, yapping away.

I honestly wonder what could be so important that people are on their cell phones in their cars constantly. At any rate, most close calls have involved others' cell phone use, it seems.

I prefer to use a land line. If I decide to have a conversation on a cell while in an automobile, I pull over. I will talk on a cell phone in a car only on a wide open, sparsely populated and fairly linear interstate such as I-5 though California's flat Central Valley. Otherwise, I won't.

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I will talk on a cell phone in a car only on a wide open, sparsely populated and fairly linear interstate such as I-5 though California's flat Central Valley. Otherwise, I won't.

Same here. I'll have 10-20 minute conversations during my drives between LA and SD. On rare occasions I'll make short calls on the streets, but only if I'm driving a car with an automatic transmission.

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I hate this phenomenon. It truly is extremely unsafe. I cannot tell you guys how many times I've had to make defensive moves to keep from being hit because of these stupid asses.

As part of Onstar, my truck has a built-in phone that is really simple and easy to use... push one button on the rearview mirror, and that's it, the rest is voice commands... even then, I've used it a few times, I'm just not into it that much.

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People on cell phones tend to annoy me, especially the ones that like to tailgate, drive way too slow or way too fast, drive over on the shoulder, don't notice I am there, or pull out in front of me. Luckily my music is usually too loud or the windows and sunroof are open so half the time I never hear my phone ring, which is fine with me. Ocassionaly I will use it briefly if I am meeting someone or need to call work or something important, otherwise it can usually wait.

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I do it as needed. When I get a call, I'll answer. A text, I'll text back. The same for if I make a call/text. It's never hampered my driving in anyway, whether on the interstate, in town, or on one of the many twisty backroads I have to use. The naysayers need to blame $h!ty drivers, not the actual use of cell phones. If you can't drive well in the first place or can't multitask, you don't need to be using a cell phone. For those that can, like myself, its not a problem. Seriously.

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BV...texting is dangerous. I am most certainly an advocate for NOT banning cell phones while driving...but c'mon. You take your eyes off the road way too long when texting. Same with dialing. Talking? Yea no problem anyone can talk and drive, be it phone or passengers. But dude don't text and drive...that's just stupid.

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BV...texting is dangerous. I am most certainly an advocate for NOT banning cell phones while driving...but c'mon. You take your eyes off the road way too long when texting. Same with dialing. Talking? Yea no problem anyone can talk and drive, be it phone or passengers. But dude don't text and drive...that's just stupid.

I second that. Typing requires you look at the phone, and makes you lose focus on the road and surroundings.

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I voted "as needed" and that about sums it up. I try to keep it short and don't take chances because of the cell. I think the problems stem from people for whom it is a Pavlov-grade response whenever the damn thing rings. You know the type, if they are awake they are on the cell. Unfortunately, these folks inevitably lack the skill required to drive and talk at the same time.

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I put "very rare". If anything I'll pull it out of my pocket, look at the display to see who called, and if I need to call them back I'll either pull over or put it on speakerphon and put it in the cupholder. Otherwise they can wait until its safe for me to talk.

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I use it a bit less than constantly in certain situations, but really change that to 'as needed' because my occupation often dictates I must answer the phone and frankly, I'm very good at multitasking behind the wheel.

Its not a black-and-white situation where everyone should use a phone or no one should be allowed to; as in any activity, know your limits. Simply as that. I know people who can drive, eat, talk, change the radio, answer the phone, and shave at the same time. I also know some people that shouldn't be driving at all.

Just know your limits and behave accordingly.

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For me, I put very rarely. I normally won't answer the phone while driving simply because when I'm in the car, I'm driving, that's what I'm focused on. I will only make calls if I'm running late to work due to traffic conditions. I'll recieve calls, but limit them to about 5 minutes, basically long enough to find out if its something really important, or is it something that I can wait till I'm in the driveway or at home.

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Drivers around DC and Baltimore generally suck anyways, but the ones that pose the more serious hazards to other motorists 98% of the time have cell phones out and in use. I'm not legally allowed to use my cell while behind the wheel until I get my provisional license, though I doubt I'd use it a lot even then...I do most of my talking in person or over AIM.

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BV...texting is dangerous. I am most certainly an advocate for NOT banning cell phones while driving...but c'mon. You take your eyes off the road way too long when texting. Same with dialing. Talking? Yea no problem anyone can talk and drive, be it phone or passengers. But dude don't text and drive...that's just stupid.

Its rare that I text, but as I said, if I get one, I will return. And as I also said, it hasn't affected my driving. I don't take my eyes off the road to text anymore than I do to read the gauges or to do anything else while driving. It's really not that hard if you have the keys memorized and especially since I'm a good multitasker. Call it stupid if you want, but I can do it fine without affecting my driving. As Fly said, it's knowing your limits and texting while driving is within my limits.
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Drivers around DC and Baltimore generally suck anyways, but the ones that pose the more serious hazards to other motorists 98% of the time have cell phones out and in use. I'm not legally allowed to use my cell while behind the wheel until I get my provisional license, though I doubt I'd use it a lot even then...I do most of my talking in person or over AIM.

No kidding I drive in and out of the DC area everyday. There are some real stupid people out there.

As far as cell phones go I typically don't make calls while driving but if I get a call I'll answer. I have a blue-tooth headset and thats nice to have.

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You are way too hardheaded, Viper.

And get yourself some tires!

Heh... Hey, I'm just stating what I can do. I'm not saying I'm the perfect driver, but I have absolutely no problem doing anything with a cell phone while driving. Just because you or others on here won't... or can't, has no bearing on what I can and cannot do. I happen to be able to without affecting my driving, so I'll continue doing it regardless of anyone's opinions. In the past you have been quick to judge and so far you've been wrong. Until I have adverse affects for any of the things I've been lectured about by you guys, you'll still be wrong. And yes, I'm stubborn, but it won't change that fact. :P
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What did I tell you that wasn't right before? I forget.

Well, for one there's my tires. That one, I will say isn't something I did purposely since I couldn't and still can't afford new ones, but either way, I did mostly fine all winter. Then, back when I had just gotten my Millenia, It wasn't just you, but a bunch of you guys criticized me for something, I don't remember what, saying I'd wreck or whatnot. I never did, obviously. I'm just saying you, and others, have been quick to judge me and my driving. Dangerous or not, I haven't had any problems.
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Well, that's good, Vipes. I'm glad I was wrong about those things. I'm proud of you for making it through this winter with your bald tires and for keeping your head about things while driving. Keep it up. Edited by ocnblu
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Occasionally for work only, mainly for receiving calls, making calls only when urgent. I very rarely text. California has a hands-free law that will go into effect next year. I have a bluetooth earpiece but havent used it yet.

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