Chatting on the go: Should we do without it or is it just too drastic?

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? Chatting on the go: Should we do without it or is it just too drastic?

Fry Electronics Team

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