You know all the talk about being distracted by in-car passengers, infotainment displays not behaving, and so on?
ell, I’m just wondering.
How far do you define “distraction” at the wheel?
I’ll tell you why I’m asking – I don’t have an answer – because I think it’s relevant to the whole realm of driver behavior.
Here’s what got me thinking.
A few times over the past week I’ve been distracted by simply talking to someone on the phone (don’t worry, it was hands-free) while driving around Dublin.
I was so distracted I missed a few turns. Yes, it was nice to chat and share with a great friend. But should I have let that distract me?
One of the mistakes scared me a lot because when I veered off the next M50 junction I was in uncharted waters.
And I was no longer in time to meet some people but to face the embarrassment of being late and holding them back.
I’m telling you this because I felt a little bit panicky for a minute or so until I figured out how to get where I originally wanted to be.
It wasn’t a nice feeling.
Now I like to chat while driving – mostly – but I’m not so sure anymore. I know that many people do large amounts of business over the phone while driving.
So am I alone with this failure? Should I stop making phone calls altogether? That would be drastic.
But is that a fair price?
I have to admit I’ve been similarly wrong in the past, but two within a couple of days felt odd.
Or did it happen to you? Let me know?
https://www.independent.ie/life/motoring/car-talk/chatting-on-the-move-should-we-cut-it-out-or-is-that-just-too-drastic-a-call-41995541.html Chatting on the go: Should we do without it or is it just too drastic?