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Driving While Yakking - the Definitive Report

A Problem of the Brain, Not the Hands

Well, relatively definitive. A compendium of sources indicates that it's as dangerous as driving drunk. One major finding is that yakkers fail to use peripheral vision--they stare off into the middle distance while yakking. Hands-free isn't any better, several U.S. laws to the contrary. Posted for future reference
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Even worse, they slow us all down. But we knew that.

Cellphone Users Slow Traffic - Well Blog - NYTimes.com

WTF? 2mph slower? More like 20mph
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I guess driving while texting is a big no-no.

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I guess driving while texting is a big no-no.
A Virginia Tech student plowed into a crowd while doing that awhile back. She apologized. Tonight there was another killing on that campus. Something weird there


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Well, I do pull over to hit the quote button.

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I guess driving while texting is a big no-no.
in California it is.
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A Problem of the Brain, Not the Hands

Well, relatively definitive. A compendium of sources indicates that it's as dangerous as driving drunk. One major finding is that yakkers fail to use peripheral vision--they stare off into the middle distance while yakking. Hands-free isn't any better, several U.S. laws to the contrary. Posted for future reference
Back in 1999, when I was commuting 75 miles each way on the Taconic Parkway daily I learned a very valuable lesson. Heading north I was on the phone, discussing a design for a client that needed a presentation the next day. Time really was of the essence. I made my turn onto the Henry Hudson Pkwy from 49th, hit the Sawmill and headed North.

My first indication that I had a problem was the Welcome to Connecticut sign as I flew under it. That was not a normal part of my commuting day.

Now I either pull over or just don't answer if I am driving on any limited access highway and seldom on 35mph neighborhood streets. It was a very good object lesson.

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Back in 1999, when I was commuting 75 miles each way on the Taconic Parkway daily I learned a very valuable lesson. Heading north I was on the phone, discussing a design for a client that needed a presentation the next day. Time really was of the essence. I made my turn onto the Henry Hudson Pkwy from 49th, hit the Sawmill and headed North.

My first indication that I had a problem was the Welcome to Connecticut sign as I flew under it. That was not a normal part of my commuting day.

Now I either pull over or just don't answer if I am driving on any limited access highway and seldom on 35mph neighborhood streets. It was a very good object lesson.

Wow, I lived for awhile up near Millbrook. I miss the TSP. What I don't miss is the feeling, come January, that the entire planet had died. Snow was cool, but snow staying around for months, not so much.
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All kidding aside, I have Bluetooth speakerphone gizmos in or for the cars that I use, and wouldn't tie up a hand or vision path to make a call. I consider it the same as if the other party were sitting in the passenger seat. They have voice dial commands, so the phones stay in the pocket.

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