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Driving and mobile phones

gleneagles
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Driving and mobile phones

Yes I know it's illegal but mobile phone can be set up for use hands free and used legally........but....is it still dangerous to be using one ?

Not a problem for me as I would only use one in emergencies if I was not in the car, I wonder at times when you see cars wandering out of lane if they are busy on their mobile ?

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Minivanman
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Re: Driving and mobile phones

Fine to talk, but if you have one mounted in the car, is it illegal to tap on the phone to say dial out or answer it?

I think it might be and if not, why not? 


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Re: Driving and mobile phones

I don't use a phone whilst driving myself, but you can actually tell the phone to call a person (without physically touching it).

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Must be one of the newer type ones then. Roll_eyes


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Re: Driving and mobile phones

I haven't bothered setting mine up as making or taking a call whilst driving is not important to me.

Thinking about it, there may be very occasional instances where it might be useful; e.g. when tailing a drunk driver weaving all over the road, or witnessing a traffic accident, but hopefully those occasions are few and far between.

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Re: Driving and mobile phones

I think the distraction focus is stuck on mobile use.

Meanwhile cars are coming out with bigger and bigger multimedia / satnav screens and interactive displays.

I'm not convinced the mobile one is worse than the other.

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I answer or make a call with one button on the steering wheel, additionally using voice control gives me access to other Blue-toothed phone functions.

 

All displayed on the interactive in-car Satnav display.

 

Along with Car Radio functions.

 

And some other stuff.....

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Re: Driving and mobile phones

I would have thought if it could be proved that a driver was distracted by using a phone, mobile or hands free, then  there would be a prosecution.

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@Anonymous wrote:

I answer or make a call with one button on the steering wheel, additionally using voice control gives me access to other Blue-toothed phone functions.

 

All displayed on the interactive in-car Satnav display.

 

Along with Car Radio functions.

 

And some other stuff.....


 

 

My secretary answers my phone when I am driving...

 

and she speaks to me in a real voice, (not an audio likeness as with some tech)..

 

she is also capable of dealing with "car radio" functions, at my verbal request, or , occasionally, on her own,   

 

oh and yes.... she  does "other stuff" as well...

 

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@shutter 

"oh and yes.... she  does "other stuff" as well..."

Not when you are driving surely, or is that what they really mean by 'hands free' Wink


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@Minivanman  Not sure what you are insinuating. there.... "other stuff"... includes map reading.. (so I am not distracted by the satnav )... reading out the mail... so I am "hands free" regarding that... BUT... have my hands on the steering wheel at all times... ( except when changing gear, of course ! ).....

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@shutter 

Me, insinuating?

Perish the thought. Roll_eyes


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Re: Driving and mobile phones

I seem to recall tests indicating that It's not only phone calls that distract a driver.

Things like a non driver passenger talking to the driver and kids in the back arguing can be just as effective at reducing concentration to a dangerous level.

 

Maybe the 'special training' that police allegedly get should be included in every driving course.

Then everyone can drive safely while using a phone.

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There does seem to be some sort of drive by manufacturers to make the inside look more like an F35 cockpit. I just knew if would all get out of hand once they intoduced those centre consoles in cars. Wink

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As for the police, how the heck they manage operate all those gizmos and yet with a straight face they can stop a driver using a phone is beyond me, advanced driving skills or not and no, I'm not advocating we use phones in cars, far from it.

And to think some of us here must remember when having a radio in the car was really something. The one we had in ours as kids used to have to warm up first!  

 

 

 


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@Minivanman wrote:

There does seem to be some sort of drive by manufacturers to make the inside look more like an F35 cockpit.

 


Some cars have HUD - Head-Up Display, as used in aircraft, e.g. BMW