do you answer your phone when you are driving even when you have no hands free?

January 13, 2008 10:20am CST
i have seen a couple of accidents when people use one hand for driving and the other for their phone, do you consider it dangerous.do you toot anyone you see on a phone whilst driving?does it make you angry or are you someone who regulary picks up the phone, i want to know both sides to this story, am i in the right? or am i being a busy body?
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11 responses
@nichole1983 (1187)
• Canada
14 Jan 08
If I don't have my hands free or my bluetooth I still answer the phone. I have no problem with it as I only drive with one hand anyway. I drive a stick so one hand is the way I do. Mind you a drive an automatic in the winter time. The stick goes in hibernation in the winter. Some people know how to do it to be safe where some people just can't do 2 things as once. Those are the ones that shouldn't be on the road with their cell.
14 Jan 08
ahh, but do you think it should be you can or you cant or neither in which way i mean than if you can do it do it, if you cant dont do it.
• Canada
15 Jan 08
If you can't drive and talk at the same time don't talk on the cell. If you can. Why not go and do it. You just have to know how to it properly and safe. It's like having a radio in the vehicle. I know this sometimes distracts people as well. But they did put them in all of the vehicles. I haven't seen one without a radio. If you can't drive and listen/sing to the music. Don't turn on your radio. They are making so many gadgets these days to have in your vehicle. GPS for instance. Why would they put them in if they weren't going to be used.
• United States
14 Jan 08
I never answer my phone while driving. The caller can leave a voicemail and I'll get back to them when I am safely parked. Inattention while driving is a big problem and the reason behind most accidents.
15 Jan 08
well said i prefer to do the same.
@wolfie34 (26791)
• United Kingdom
27 Jan 08
Here in the UK it is illegal for someone to use their mobile phone when driving! A criminal offence, although people still do it, it really annoys me to see people doing this, pull over safely and take the call if you must but please don't answer when you are driving, you are not paying attention to the road and you could cause an accident and worse kill someone it is negligent. I turn my mobile phone off when I am driving, I only take my mobile if there is an emergency or a break down but certainly not to chit chat whilst driving.
@luanakent (794)
• Brazil
27 Jan 08
Dangerous and it is very irresponsible. Here is prohibited answer phone when we are conducting. Small distractions ends up causing accidents. If a accident was foreseeable it dont exist. Right?? It occour when we least expect.
@missybal (4492)
• United States
15 Jan 08
My husband has a head set. He has to drive long distances a lot and a lot of times if I'm not with him he likes to talk to me on the phone while he drives. He says he's more alert when he is on the phone while driving. If his phone rings and he doesn't have his head set on I'm in the car with him and I answer the phone and set up his headset for him so that he can keep on the road. If it's really busy traffic he tells me to tell them he will have to call them back because he really needs to concentrate. I think every once in a while he will have to use his hands but like when I call him he will tell me he doesn't have his headset on so he says he will call me back. So I guess he will pick up if he knows the number to at least make sure it's not an emergancy and so that he can say he will call back. I've just started to drive again so I will not be on the cell phone while driving because it takes all my concentration to drive. Never been very good at it.
• United States
15 Jan 08
I answer my phone while driving if it is near me and not in my purse, in the back seat in a backpack, etc. If it is easily accessible and I am not driving fast or on the interstate or near to other cars, I will answer it. I try not to talk long, however. I do think most people abuse their phone while driving and use it to cause bad driving.
@Ohara_1983 (4119)
• Kuwait
13 Jan 08
yup, my hubby answer his phone when driving, but his so careful about it, or once you use your hand to answer your feet to drive, if you know how to control your vichele by your feet, wierd ha.
@Chevy9 (97)
• United States
13 Jan 08
i answer my phone all the time driving. and yes doing that while driving is dangerous but that is for the people that suck at driving already or just cant do 2 things at once. when i answer i just dont pay much attention to the conversation and more attention to the road. i also go a little slower and get in a slower lane so im not in everyones way. making driving the priority makes it alot easier to talk on the phone and drive than tryin to make sure you understand your convo first
• Italy
13 Jan 08
I've never answered to the phone while driving. Usually I'm not alone in the car so the person next to me will answer for me, but if I'm alone I don't answer the phone (I can answer later). It's a sort of fear I have, but I know people who can do both things. If we are stucked in traffic then I don't mind but in dangerous situations I'm scared.
13 Jan 08
no you are not being a busy body.i myself have a very hard time not answering my phone when i am driving so i normally make sure i turn my phone off or i turn it on vibrate so i really can't hear it and won't be tempted to answer it. i don't have a hands free set yet so if i have to tell myself it's better to ignore the calls then risk mine and my families lives to answer a phone when i am driving.
• Philippines
13 Jan 08
Of course it is dangerous. No one can serve 2 masters at the same time. To be safe, use the blue-tooth technology. Its really funny when you associated "toot" when pressing your car's horn.