Are you one of those people that thinks you are the same great driver whether you are talking on your cell phone or not?
Then this post is for you!
My Conclusion On Cell Phone Drivers
I have been conducting an unscientific study this past month where I took note of people that appeared to be making bad driving decisions. In my head, I noted if these drivers were on their cell phone or not. (I didn’t want to pull out a notepad while driving, that too may be considered unsafe.)
Here is the big news to all of you that think you drive just perfect while chatting on the cell phone: You don’t!
Over the past month, I have been cut off, almost rear-ended, almost side-swiped and been stuck behind very slow drivers, almost all of which were on their cell phones. As a matter of fact, out of the recent 22 incidents of what I would consider somewhat reckless driving, only one person was NOT on their cell phone. That does not even include the chatters that ignore other drivers who are trying to merge, blinkers flashing endlessly.
How Did People Survive Without Cell Phones Before?
The city we live in has recently passed a law banning the use of cell phones while driving, period. No texting, no talking (unless using a hands-free device), no nothing. Guess what? Many people still drive while talking on their cell phones. Apparently talking on the phone while driving has become so important that people are willing to risk large fines so they can order that pizza or make a last-minute appointment.
How in the world did businesses stay profitable before the advent of cell phones? How did families function without being able to constantly communicate? Maybe people had more of a dividing line between work and home back then. I also wonder if people in the pre-cell-phone-days were more punctual because they knew they didn’t have the option to call and say “I am running 15 minutes behind” when leaving the golf course.
I love technology, but I do think it has been abused. Watching all the bad decisions I have seen drivers make just reinforces the fact that driving and talking on a cell phone is just not the safest idea. I am sure that many of these drivers that I have witnessed making dangerous decisions have no idea that they have put themselves and others at risk as they were so absorbed in conversation.
Do you think you drive perfectly while talking on your cell phone? Even if you don’t drive recklessly while talking on a cell phone, are you as considerate of a driver as you could be? Or, do you think I am just crazy and crabby?