Dear TZO 421: If you have one hand holding a cigarette, and the other holding a mobile phone, how do you expect to be able to drive your car properly?
It’s astounding how many people drive along holding a phone to their ears. So stupid.
A couple of times earlier this century I tried having conversations with people while talking on a hands-free mobile phone. I quickly discovered that hands-free or not, it’s too distracting.
It didn’t amount to anything dangerous, but it was clear that for me, talking on the phone is way more distracting than listening to the radio, or talking to someone in the car, and the potential is there.
And so since then I have not used the mobile while driving, not at all. If I’m desperate to answer, I’ll pull over and do so; otherwise calls go to the voicemail.
(Well okay, I might look at a text when completely stopped at traffic lights, though I suspect that is technically illegal.)
Update 14/1/2009 America’s National Safety Council has called for an all-out ban on using mobile phones while driving, following studies that show hands-free phones pose as much danger as hand-held ones. — The Age: Drivers hold to hands-free phones