Do You Use your Cell Phone when you are Driving?

@dorannmwin (36698)
United States
December 18, 2009 11:53am CST
That is the question at hand today. Do you use your cell phone while you are driving or while you are in a car? For me, I feel like when I am driving the car it is really the only time that I am able to talk on the phone and to actually be able to hear the person at the other end of the line. The reason that I feel this way is that at home my children and nieces never seem to realize that they are disturbing when I am on the phone and thus business is not able to be achieved.
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@Baluyadav (3644)
• India
18 Dec 09
hi,dor,eventhough i know that using cell phone while driving still i use..many times,i faced problems with driving,still i am continuing this [bad] habit... I have to slowly reduce and stop that habit.
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• United States
20 Dec 09
With all due respect, I hope you've read the comments here on the extreme danger of using the phone in any manner while driving. Better to pull over or wait until you're not sharing the highway with many others. We need to watch out for one another's safely, and yes, their very lives here on this earth. Karen
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
20 Dec 09
I will also say that it is a bad habit. And it is one that I too need to change. I've had a hands free earpiece for my phone for as long as I can remember so that I am able to keep both of my hands on the steering wheel and the gear shifter, yet I also think that it is still a dangerous habit to a certain extent.
@Bethany1202 (3432)
• United States
18 Dec 09
I do use my cell phone while driving. As you said, it's nice and peaceful and private as well. I text at home and in the car, but only when it's safe and I really don't even have to look at my phone, so I keep my eyes on the road. As far as talking, I do it now and then, mostly to get business done. For example, I make payments over the phone sometimes or discuss accounts on my way to work. While I am working I cannot make these calls. After work most of these offices are closed, so driving the 20 or 30 minutes to work usually gives me the ideal time to make these types of calls.
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@Foxxee (3653)
• United States
19 Dec 09
Sorry if I sound rude, but that is just plain careless of you. You text & drive when its safe? I'm sorry, but when is it safe to text & drive? So many people have said the same thing you are saying & have actually caused accidents. Texting & driving is dangerous & careless... And I hope one day you will realize this & stop on your own instead of causing an accident.
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
20 Dec 09
I hope that you take no offense to this at all, but I don't think it is ever safe to text while you are driving. This is one thing that I have never done and it is something that I will never ever do in the future either. I am able to type on a fullsized keyboard while paying attention to something else but the thought of trying to text while paying complete attention to something else is something that I just don't think is possible for me.
@CJscott (4184)
• Canada
18 Dec 09
Now when driving, but definitely when I am in the car. When it rings, I pull over to the side of the road and put on my hazard lights, while I am on the call. If I have to make a call, I will usually do it in a parking lot, or at the side of the road as well. Talking on a handset while driving is illegal or will soon be illegal in my province. I recently got a blue tooth device for it. It seems to work quite nicely, though I find I still don't as much attention to the road as I should when I am on the phone. As such I prefer to be at a stand still while on the phone. Cheers.
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@Foxxee (3653)
• United States
19 Dec 09
well thank you so much for caring about yourself & others. I wish we had more people like you. I think you pulling over to answer a call & to stop driving was a SMART choice & I hope you keep this up. As for using blue tooth, they are actually starting to ban that as well & anyone caught with a phone turned on while driving will get a ticket. They have done studies that show even the blue tooth distracts people just as much as texting & driving.
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
20 Dec 09
It is great to know that you pull over your car while you are driving so that you can attend to the phone call with your full attention and you are able to attend to the roads with your full attention as well. The one question that I do have to ask you is when you are using your Bluetooth while driving does it strike you as being a whole lot different from having a conversation in the car while driving?
@CJscott (4184)
• Canada
21 Dec 09
FOxee "They have done studies that show even the blue tooth distracts people just as much as texting & driving. " This I find very hard to believe, it was my understanding that texting whilst driving increased the chance of an accident far, far greater then talking and driving, and since while you are using your blue tooth you have both hands on the wheel and your eyes on the road, though I will agree not always your attention, I do not think that it is as dangerous as "texting & driving" sailor10 You are most right my dear, there are enough accidents as it is, and the penalties are not nearly as severe as they should be, at least that is my opinion. dorannmwin It doesn't strike me as much different at all. However, I do find that you can lose your attention while driving, between the time the conversation was posted and today, I have found that even with the blue tooth, it is better to pull over then to keep driving, but it is really close to the same as being in conversation though, and it really does depend how the conversation is going. It is different though - for example - My spouse called me, and was asking about household stuff, while I was driving, since I had to switch my focus from "road" to "home" I was not paying quite enough attention, and I forgot to use my signal light(not using signal lights is my BIGGEST pet peeve in the world) So, depending on I suppose how hard you have to think about your conversation will determine how focused you can remain on the road, at least this is my believe. Cheers.
@rosekiss (30260)
• Eugene, Oregon
18 Dec 09
I try not to use it when I am driving, but there are times I do get calls, but onot often. Starting in January, here in Oregon, we can't use our cell phones while driving unless we have a hands free headset. I do go alone that for sure, as it is much better, as it is safer and much easier to keep my eyes on the road, whilde talking. I haven't bought a hands free headset, but I intend to get one before the year is over. They are expensive, but I do need to break down and get one anyway, as I certainly don't want to be caught talking on it without a headset. I certanlyy won't text and drive that is for sure. Take care, and happy mylotting.
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@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
20 Dec 09
As I've said to another person, I think that all new cars should be equipped with a hands free type of set that goes through the speakers to the stereo in the car. There is a similar contraption that I've seen on infomercials that works like this, but I think if the car companies worked on something like this it would be even better.
@jewels49 (1783)
• United States
18 Dec 09
I really never do. If I am running around close to home, I conveniently forget to take it with me. I don't like the intrusion into my rare time alone. Driving is for music and thinking. Plus I have seen too many near miss accidents due to the fact someone is talking on their cell when they should be concentrating on driving. I understand why you do it with all the little ones you have running around at your house. I remember when ours were all small and I didn't have a cell, I used to have to hide in the closet to have a private conversation. Glad to hear you are still watching your nieces.
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@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
20 Dec 09
I don't think my heart would let me quit watching the girls. Yes, I realize that they are my nieces and not my own children, but where I've been so close to them since both of them were born, I think it is very important for me to have them in my life. As far as the phone and the car, I will sometimes go out and sit in the car to attend to a phone call just because I know that no one will disturb me out there.
@jewels49 (1783)
• United States
21 Dec 09
Aunts and uncles are very important to the kids in a family..I always have had nieces and nephews running around here. I would have liked to hid in the car to talk but back then I had no cell..and I had boys..left to themselves for 5 minutes they would have turned the ceiling fans into grenade launchers..so I stayed in the closet.
@Hatley (164485)
• Garden Grove, California
18 Dec 09
dorannmwin I do not even own a cellphone. but here in California you just do not hold your cellphone while driving either you put it on a special stand or you do not use it, as we have had too many bad accidents because drivers were paying more attention to the phone than to the road and other drivers. i was almost hit by one cell phone user who was just steering with her elbow while driving erratically across a shopping mall. I looked up and her car was headed straight at me, I had to jump out of the way as she did not see me until she was almost to me, she was using both hands to talk to someone on her cell phone.
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@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
20 Dec 09
I've seen the stands that you are referring to and I think those are a great thing. Despite the fact that I acknowedge that I do use my cellular phone while I am driving, I also think that all cars should be equipped with some sort of equipment that makes it hands free to use your phone while you are driving.
• Philippines
29 Dec 09
It depends on how good the driver is. I have a cousin who is fond of using cellphone while driving his passenger jeep. He is doing that for a very long period of time. No accidents. Only passengers screaming at him, and other vehicles avoiding him because they already knew of his bad habit of using cellphone while driving. He is jeepney is like an ambulance in the highway. Other vehicles changing lane to avoid him. They knew him already and they have already marked his jeepney. When they see his vehicle, they are saying "Oh, here he comes! Give way! Give way!"
• United States
18 Dec 09
I just have a trakfone and the only reason I bought it is for emergencies but I have used it a few times like while I am in the car or heading into a store and need to call home for some reason..I don't like talking and driving so when I do need to use the phone I will do it while I am still parked. I think it is very unsafe and have seen so many people that do not pay attention to their driving while they are on the phone...I am glad that they is going to be a law put into effect over it although you know it will still happen just like drinking and driving though illegal still happens...
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@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
20 Dec 09
You are completely correct, even when there are laws against doing certain things, like drinking and driving or even manditory seatbelt usage, there are people that still don't follow those laws. However, I think the laws do make a great impact because there are far less people that do these things after the laws are enacted.
@katsalot1 (1619)
18 Dec 09
It is illegal to use a cell phone while driving in the UK, and quite rightly too I think. It has been shown that you are 4 times more likely to have an accident if you are using a phone. I have seen so many near misses caused by people on the phone - usually drivers pulling out of side roads without looking, or pulling over suddenly with no warning to answer their phones.
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
20 Dec 09
I am coming to the belief that it should be illegal to use a handset while you are driving no matter where you are. I think this would make the roads a lot safer than they are otherwise. There are so many different distractions for people and this would just eliminate one of them.
• Indonesia
22 Dec 09
Hi dorannmwin I know phoning on the car is the most cases why there's accident in my country. I try not to use my cellphone while I am driving, but still, it makes me curious whenever my cell phone ringing or vibrate. So I pick it up if the traffic not too crowded. Usually I'll answer text message or phone while I'm trapped in traffic jam or red traffic light.
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
22 Dec 09
My feeling on answering text messages while you are behind the steering wheel is that it shouldn't be allowed in any situation, whether you are at a red light or at a stand still in traffic, I just don't think it is right.
• Indonesia
23 Dec 09
May I know why? I mean, the car already stop and why don't use time to answer call or texting than do nothing while waiting the traffic light turn into green?
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
23 Dec 09
It's just something that has always bothered me. First of all, I'm not a really heavy texter and secondly because I know that even the slightest inattention to the road can cause an accident. I really think this all stems back to the fact that when I was younger my sister totalled a car by sneezing so I saw how taking your eyes away from the road for even the blink of an eye can cause a major car accident.
@eddify (413)
• Pakistan
21 Dec 09
You might be right but I am deadly against it . I dont use cell phone while driving and guess what some stole my two brand new phone since then I dare not take them out. Besdies ur life and the life of the person who is driving is dependent on the driving not on the call. The call can always wait ... But ur life ...
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
22 Dec 09
You have got a very good point here. Life is very important and I probably should think more about preserving my life.
@eddify (413)
• Pakistan
23 Dec 09
Besides I lost my two very expensive new cell phones while listening to them and lost them . It not only cost me money but emotionally I feel so bad about them. I have IMEI number of one of them so I blocked it but the other one was a gift from a very good friend of mine
@ElicBxn (60895)
• United States
20 Dec 09
I do, but I try not to, if I have a passenger in the car I rather let them take care of the talking.
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
20 Dec 09
I never have an adult passenger in the car with me while I am driving, but when I am the adult passenger in a car, then I am the one to take the calls.
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@ElicBxn (60895)
• United States
20 Dec 09
well, its been ages since I've had a kid in the car so I guess I might if I had a kid as a passenger
@aerous (13474)
• Philippines
19 Dec 09
Well, since I have no car. I'm here just on comments. But I suggest not to call while driving to prevent any incident of collision. Because talking with cell phone is very dangerous...consider life!
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
20 Dec 09
Life is a very important thing to consider and if I felt that I was putting anyone's life in jeopardy the way that I do it then it wouldn't be an option at all.
@aerous (13474)
• Philippines
20 Dec 09
Great to know about that concepts in your life, my friend. Well, you really true about that belief you had in your life. We need to bolder enough to eliminate risk in our life...
• United States
19 Dec 09
Stop talking on the phone while driving. Just have to hate people who do this, they typically have absolutely no sense of others on the road, drive slow, change lanes without looking, and give me the urge to ram my car into the back of theirs. Stop with all the talking on the phone in the car, terrible people. Terrible.
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
20 Dec 09
Do you still feel this way when a person is using a hands free attachment? And, just out of curiosity, do you feel this way when a person is having a conversation with a passenger in their car?
• United States
21 Dec 09
Dorann, you bring up the very point that went through my own mind reading some of these comments. My daughter A., soon after she got her driver's license, went off the road because she had friends with her and looked at the one who was talking at her, briefly...but that was all it took. I'm a chicken in heavy city traffic, and DO ask for complete quiet until we are out and the open and traffic is lighter. Distraction is distraction...like fiddling with the radio dial, etc. Again, excellent point. Karen
@thezone (9451)
• Ireland
19 Dec 09
HI dorannmwin, That is a big No No over here as it is against the law to use a phone while driving. You are guilty of an offence just by simply holding the phone while driving and don't have to be actually talking on it. If caught there is €60 fine and two penalty points on your licence. A conviction in court is up to €2,000 and four penalty points on your licence. The only ones exempt from this is the Police, ambulance service or the fire brigade while in the course of duty. We can use a hands free kit but that is also under review at the moment.
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
20 Dec 09
I can't believe that they are reviewing the use of hands free sets. I think those make it as safe as it is to drive while having a conversation with another person in the car or even singing along to the radio while you are driving. I'm not saying that either of these situations are perfect, but I don't thin in this day and age that there is a perfect solution.
@thezone (9451)
• Ireland
20 Dec 09
I use a hands free kit in the car and I find them very safe to use. I think the way things are going here with some of the driving laws they will ban the use of phones in a car all together
@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
18 Dec 09
Not since it became illegal in my state. I'm not really even comfortable with doing it with a headpiece...
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
20 Dec 09
The reason that I am comfortable doing it with a headpiece is because I feel that it is really no different than having a conversation with someone that is in the car with me.
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
21 Dec 09
It isn't really, it's just that I don't keep mine out and handy, so if the phone rings, I have to hook things up.
@saundyl (9690)
• Canada
23 Dec 09
I try not to talk on the phone and drive unless i have my headset with me. I definitely dont text and drive! AS of this coming January 1st it will be a 280 dollar fine if you are using a handheld phone to talk while driving (headsets are ok) or to text while driving. I want to get a wireless headset (bluetooth) on boxing day - if i dont get one for christmas!
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
24 Dec 09
I think that using a handset while you are driving is a very irresponsible thing and I can't believe that I failed to mention in the initial post that I do always use a hands free set. However, the fact that I failed to mention that I believe has led to a very good discussion.
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• India
21 Dec 09
In our region,usage of mobile phones while driving is prohibited by law(specially for two wheeler drivers).While on car we can use headset or microphone to speak through mobile phones.But if caught using without any accessories or hands-free it is a non-bailable offense and can get imprisonment upto three months.. So I dont usually use mobile phone while driving in city areas.But in remote areas I do..
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
22 Dec 09
Regardless of whether or not I am using a hands free device on my phone, I still don't like to be on the phone while I am in a place where there is a lot of traffic. It is just too much to even have a conversation with a passenger in the car when there is a fair amount of traffic.
• Tanzania
20 Dec 09
Hey Dorann.I guess you're tired of hearing how dangerous it is to talk on the phone and drive but I have to remind you anyway, especially since you have kids that depend on you.There is a very high possibility that you may get too involved in your conversation and something unexpected happens, like a dog runs into the road and you lose control,God forbid.The reason why the police include in their report the fact that someone was on the phone prior to the occurrence of an accident is to show that the accident could probably have been averted had the person not been on the phone. you need to realize that when you leave your house in the morning,your family expects you back and if something happens to you, it will break their hearts.So don't do anything to break your children's little hearts.
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
20 Dec 09
No, I'm not tired of hearing how dangerous that it is to talk and drive at the same time. I know that my children are the most important thing in the world to me and I would never want them to have to grow up with only one parent as I had to do as a teenager.
@tigerdragon (4297)
• Philippines
20 Dec 09
people here in the philippines have this great skill of using their cellphones while driving and still drives crazy and swerving through traffic. that is, also while texting. even I am amazed that we can do that and still concentrate in doing other things. multi-tasking thing.
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
20 Dec 09
Sounds like you are all great multi-taskers indeed. I have never and would never consider sending a text message while I am driving. Of course, I've also never received an urgent text message.
• Canada
20 Dec 09
I take public transportation so i dont drive but isnt it just better to hAve as little distraction as possible? You are supposed to be focused when you are driving why chance it? You need quick reflexes and being on the phone will slow your reflexes with distraction.
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
20 Dec 09
I think that you have a very valid point to a certain extent. I've thought about this time and time again, and I feel that using a hands free device you aren't in any different a situation than you are when you are talking to a passenger in the car with you.